I wouldn't call it a bias--if natural/holistic cures haven't worked for most people, they will say so. For me, I completely changed my lifestyle to try to manage acne. I already exercised five days a week and got at least eight hours of sleep at night, but I started yoga and eating an almost 100% clean/whole foods/vegan diet. No dairy, little to no sugar, no processed or refined foods for months--and it didn't do a thing for my acne.
The only things that have worked for me were BP and now Accutane. So I'm not biased against a clean lifestyle--in fact, I still follow it--but it didn't work for me, and it looks like it didn't work for many others either. It's not a bias, it's just a fact.
Except that diet & lifestyle does work for many. Very well. In fact, I began changing my diet after reading post after post from Atkins dieters saying the diet cleared their skin. After arguing with them for a while about how diet has no affect on acne, I began to do my own research & learned about the post prandial effects of high glycemic impacting diets & just 'got' that humans can't be eating this now typical diet. And it's why we are surrounded by sickly people. (Not an endorsement of Atkins or statement that it or low carb is the diet to follow for clear skin. What you need is a low to moderate glycemmic impacting, anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense diet that doesn't include anything you have an intolerance for. Basically, the opposite of the SAD diet.)
And the South Beach Diet did a survey of dieters and found that over 80% of the dieters had clearer skin as a result of the lower glycemic diet habits. (Again, not an endorsement of the diet, only mentioned because it's an example of a hell of a lot of people finding that diet changes improved their skin. Also, the diet was created by a very important cardiologist. A conventional doctor. But one that knows that diet is not only the best prevention & treatment for disease, it affects acne. one of several such doctors, although there are clearly not enough of them.)
And accutane does not work for many. If it did, why are there so many "about to start accutane for the 2nd (or third, or fourth, or fifth) time" and 'my acne came back with a a vengeance" threads. And many on the nutrition board that tried accutane, myself included.
Most of the people on the nutrition board went to dermatologists & took their drugs & used OTC topicals for years.
Who will fund those studies exactly? Noone will profit from studying the effects of nutrition and supplements, which is why pharmaceutical companies do no sponsor those studies. It's a very money oriented business.....
Except that there have been many studies into the various factors that lead to acne, the various nutrients that affect those factors, and even on diets that affect acne.
And you are forgetting that drugs used to be the alternative treatment because natural remedies were there long before medication and chemical topicals. Even accutane is based on the effects of vitamin A on the body but, typical of western medicine, it is an extreme treatment and as these forums show, not even effective some people who are on their 2nd, 3rd or 4th course.
Yep. 2 courses here, no improvement.
Regarding diet and holistic home remedies in particular, I do think they are "largely ineffective." This means to me that the vast majority of them are ineffective. I chose the term "largely ineffective" because I didn't want to just say "ineffective" since there may be some isolated incidences where some holistic remedies work for some people. I remain open to something holistic and organic that can clear acne and will be the first to champion anything that empircally shows real world results and accessibility. However, I have yet to see that. There are case reports of home remedies or diets working at least somewhat for some people, but there are no diets or home remedies that completely clear the skin across the population that I am aware of. Case reports are simply not enough to say these things are "effective."
But the topicals & accutane don't "completely clear the skin across the population" yet you call them effective.
And there is evidence and there has been a thread filled with links to studies in the forum for years. You've even found some. Yet because you haven't found one study citing one cause, you discount them all. The thing is, there isn't one cause. Acne is a multifactorial condition. The body is a system. Nothing happens in isolation.
Edited by alternativista, 23 April 2014 - 11:26 AM.
Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.
[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.
Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.
Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!
For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*
When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!