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Articles by Dan Kern

What Are the Best Foods for People with Acne?

Low-Glycemic Foods, as Well as Foods High in Antioxidants, Zinc, and Omega-3s Might Help. The Top Food: Oysters! The Essential Info No one knows for sure to what degree diet affects acne. However, we do have some initial evidence that points towards the possibility that certain foods might be better for acne than others. The …

Can Wearing a Face Mask Trigger or Worsen Acne?

Yes. Choose a Lightweight, Soft Mask That Won’t Rub Against Your Skin, Ideally in a Light Color to Limit Sweating. The Essential Info Wearing a face mask can be essential for limiting the spread of respiratory infections like COVID-19. However, regularly wearing a mask can worsen existing acne or even trigger a breakout in someone …

Are Dermatologists Experts in Acne?

While All Dermatologists Have Some Knowledge of Acne, Only Those with a Special Interest in Acne Seek out Additional Training and Become Experts The Essential Info Dermatology is a broad field that deals with over 2,000 skin diseases, and the study of acne makes up only about 2% of the medical school curriculum devoted to …

Does Fabric Softener Cause Acne?

It Is Unknown, so It May Be Best to Use Alternatives Like Wool or Plastic Anti-static Dryer Balls The Essential Info Fabric softeners are products used after laundry is washed to make clothing feel softer and reduce static cling, wrinkling, and drying time. Some people are concerned that the fabric softener that is left on …

Is Pizza Bad for Acne?

Follow These Suggestions to Enjoy Pizza When You Have Acne The Essential Info I hesitate to even write an article like this because my youth was dominated by avoiding certain “bad foods for acne” I would read about. As you read through this information, keep in mind that having a few slices of pizza on occasion …

Is There an Evolutionary Reason or Purpose for Acne?

Acne May Be a Side Effect of Losing Our Body Hair as We Evolved, an Adaptation That Makes Childbirth Easier, or Even a Way That Nature Prevents Teens from Having Kids Too Early The Essential Info Today, the majority of teenagers and many adults experience acne to some degree. Evolutionary biologists have proposed three theories …

Women, Stress, and Acne

Stress Is Associated with Acne, and Women Experience More Stress The Essential Info Everyone gets stressed from time to time, but if stress becomes chronic it may lead to inflammation in the skin. Since acne is at its core an inflammatory disease, more inflammation in the skin may lead to more acne. Females as a …

Shaving for Acne-Prone People

Follow These Steps for the Least-Irritating Shave The Essential Info When it comes to shaving, the name of the game is to reduce physical irritation because physical irritation of the skin can make acne worse. To reduce irritation when shaving: Shave every day: The longer you wait, the longer the hair becomes, and the more …

Oral Vitamin D: How Much Is Too Much?

This Depends on How Much Vitamin D You Already Have in the Blood, but 4000IU (100mcg) or More per Day Is Likely to Be Dangerous The Essential Info Vitamin D is a crucially important nutrient that the skin produces during exposure to sunlight, but which can also be obtained through supplementing with oral Vitamin D. Some …

Soaps or Cleansers: Which Is Better for Acne-prone Skin?

Mild Liquid Facial Cleansers Are Best for Acne-prone Skin. Avoid Soap. The Essential Info The name of the game when it comes to washing acne-prone skin is to stay as gentle as possible and not irritate the skin. Facial cleansers are much milder and less irritating than soap. So the answer is clear, opt for a …