Hey you guys. I thought about this and think it was worth discussion and a minor change. Thanks for bringing it up. I have changed Home Remedies from "largely ineffective" to "largely unproven" and also moved it above heat therapy.
Great, that's a start...
I also think you should add a separate section for Diet/ Vitamins because those are not really home remedies. Home remedies are things like honey, yogurt, lemon, toothpaste as mentioned by alternativista. What about diet, herbs, and supplements?
These are not largely unproven...in fact, there are scientific studies about them, but of course not funded by major pharmaceutical companies. However, there is a significant amount of studies. Here's a starting point..I don't have time to pull up a whole list, but if you check pubmed and ncbi you'll find more studies. Also, I have tried some of those approaches and can verify they are effective. I took no medication and used no topicals to recover from severe cystic acne as well as other kinds of acne. If that's not proof, I don't know what is. Same goes for all the people posting on the holistic forum as well as some posting in the hormonal forum who control hormonal acne without pills.
- The relationship of diet and acne (with other links to other relevant studies): http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC2836431/
- Low glycemic diet improves acne vulgaris: http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/17616769
- Diet and acne: http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/20338665
- The role of medical nutrition for acne:http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23438493
- acne vulgaris: a diseas of western civilization: http://www.ncbi.nlm....ubmed/12472346/
- Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load: New evidence for a link with acne: http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/20234032
- The effect of a high-protein, low glycemic-load diet versus a conventional, high glycemic-load diet on biochemical parameters associated with acne vulgaris: a randomized, investigator-masked, controlled trial.http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/17448569
- Milk (there are other better studies than this as well): http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/19243483
- Role of insulin, hyperglyceamic food, and milk in acne: http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/19709092
- Vitamin B5 and acne (there are some better ones, I couldn't find them right now. There are also posted on doctor's websites): http://www.ncbi.nlm..../pubmed/7476595
- The gut and acne connection:
1. Probiotics and gut issues, and acne: http://www.ncbi.nlm....es/PMC3038963/: "...there appears to be more than enough supportive evidence to suggest that gut microbes, and the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract itself, are contributing factors in the acne process.
2. Leaky gut and acne (book excerpt written by a doctor): http://www.ei-resour...ulty-digestion/ >>> and many more studies and books on this. Even Dr. Oz talked about it.
- Inositol for hormonal acne & other pathologies:
- Unfer V, Carlmango G, Dante G, Facchinetti F (2012) Effects of myo-inositol in women with PCOS: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Gynecol Endocrinol 28(7):509-15.
- Gerli S, Papleo E, Ferrari A, Renzo GC (2007) Randomized, double blind placebo-controlled trial: effects of Myo-inositol on ovarian function and metabolic factors in women with PCOS. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences 11: 347-354.
- Zacchè MM, Caputo L, Filippis S, Zacchè G, Dindelli M, Ferrari A (2009) Efficacy of myo-inositol in the treatment of cutaneous disorders in young women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Gynecol Endocrinol 25(8):508-13.
- Lam S, McWilliams A, leRiche J, MacAulay C, Wattenberg L, Szabo E (2006) A Phase I Study of myo-Inositol for Lung Cancer Chemoprevention. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 15: 1526.
- Vitex and hormonal acne (there are more studies online): http://www.examiner....yndrome-or-pcos
-Niacinamide/ Niacin & acne: In a double-blind trial, 76 individuals with moderately severe acne were treated with either 4% niacinamide gel or 1% clindamycin gel (a standard antibiotic treatment). 13 Niacinamide proved to be just as effective as the antibiotic over an 8-week trial period. (inconclusive)
This is just a small sample...I don't have all night to find everything, but the point is to show that, in addition to anecdotal evidence, there are medical studies on diet and vitamins & acne.
Edited by WishClean, 29 April 2014 - 09:10 PM.