What Is AcneWhat Is Acne?
Acne lesions occur when microscopic pores in the skin become clogged, trapping skin oil inside and providing a breeding ground for acne bacteria. Lesions include whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules (zits), nodules, and cysts.
DietDiet and Acne
Can your food intake cause acne? All of the latest science on diet and acne is explored on this page, including information on milk/dairy, glycemic load, omega-3s, zinc, caloric intake, fatty/oily foods, iodine, chocolate, antioxidants, and the gut.
Lifestyle HabitsMasturbation and Acne
What does the research say regarding masturbation and acne? What is the history of this myth? Is there any evidence? Plus, a unique hypothesis linking sex drive with acne.
ShavingShaving for Acne-Prone People
Shaving the right way is an important step in staying clear for anyone who is acne-prone. Make sure you choose the right shaving cream/foam and...
Smoking/Alcohol/DrugsDoes Smoking Cigarettes Cause Acne?
Four studies show that smoking increases acne, and three studies show it decreases acne. However, we know that smoking increases inflammation in the body, and acne is an inflammatory disease. It is safer not to smoke if you are acne-prone.
Smoking/Alcohol/DrugsAlcohol and Acne
Nobody knows whether drinking alcohol will cause acne or make acne worse. The scientific community has not produced enough evidence, and the evidence we do have is inconclusive and mixed. However, physical irritation of the skin makes acne worse, and drunk people tend to be less careful.
StressStress and Acne
Feeling stressed can lead to increased hormone production and inflammation, both of which can theoretically make acne worse. This is particularly true in females. Exercise is the best way to combat stress, but deep breathing, meditation, and adequate rest can also help.
Smoking/Alcohol/DrugsDrugs and Acne
Due to ethical restrictions, there is very little evidence regarding how marijuana (pot, weed), cocaine, ecstacy (MDMA), and methamphetamines (meth, crystal, speed) might affect acne....
Other Skin ConditionsRosacea
Rosacea is a skin disease that affects adults over 30 years of age and tends to worsen over time. Even though it can look like acne, it is a different disease and requires its own treatment.