Considering I'm studying to become a dermatologist, I take offense to knowing "nothing" about how the skin functions. I'm very passionate about skincare, hence why I'm on this forum. If you think acne affects your diet somehow, fantastic- then perhaps you can control it somehow, but don't generalize all other people with varying forms of acne. Let's focus on what we know to be true rather than what is just pseudoscience.
It's always genetic. Except when it's caused solely by some topical or environmental substance as in chloracne.
It's not always about diet, even obese people sometimes have flawless skin and they eat complete s**t.
Sometimes it can be genetic.
And diet always affects our genetic acne.
>My diet has absolutely never affected my acne. I wish it did, because at least then I could do something about it (topicals have it under control for now). I honestly can't stand this theory because it definitely fuels stigma that people with severe cases of acne already get. If I had a dime for every time someone told me "Oh you must be eating gluten" I would seriously be rich. Acne is a disease and rarely a symptom, I wish people would treat it as an actual condition and not a reflection of a "poor lifestyle". That's just my two cents. I know of a few select people that claimed diet affects their acne, but then they never had bad acne to begin with...a blemish here and there, and they also go on to say that eating certain foods triggers a breakout a mere few hours later...pimples, depending on the severity, take at least a week up to a few weeks (if it's cystic) to form, so that invalidates that claim entirely.ockquote> Nearly every word in that post reveals you know nothing about skin function and the many ways diet affect it. I've written extensively about it if you care to learn. Diet affects the hormones involved in acne, the inflammation involved in acne, the hyperkeratinization/hyper proliferation involved in acne and the composition of sebum involved in acne.
I had real acne. Severe acne. For decades. My diet and habits keep me clear. If my diet worsens my skin worsens. And included in my severe acne were cysts/nodules caused by a food intolerance that would appear the day after I consume the food. Now, I don't believe that is true acne. Nevertheless, several derms considered it to be acne and drugged me accordingly.
The real tragedy is all the skinny, clear skinned people think their bad diet and lifestyle isn't harming them. So where do you think all this chronic disease in this sickly culture comes from?
I'm not generalizing. I've gone through tons of research and found numerous instances where diet affects all the factors I named above. In addition to the simple fact that it is not possible for diet to not affect acne or any other aspect of your health.
If you want to be a better than average dermatologist, I suggest you do the same, rather than just memorize what your textbook tells you.
Edited by alternativista, 11 July 2014 - 04:01 PM.