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Great topic. Ya, one of my friend's did a research study at our university about this. Check out this thread, I posted a while back,

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...p;#entry2265980

And yes, he did find that TCM was right about treating hot with cool and cool with hot. Problem is the source for the hot/cool list is very hard to understand.

For example, to diagnose if you are suffering from hot acne, you must look at where you have it. If acne is on your face, then you are suffering from hot acne and cool items should be consumed. If you are suffering from chest acne/back acne you actually have cold acne and you should stop consuming vegetables and fruit.

Again unless you are under a TCM practitioner, it is kinda hard to follow. It worked for me, but problem was my hot acne turned into cool acne because the consumption of cool foods was consumed for too long. Just thought I give you fair warning

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You're thinking about this in a completely wrong way. Lack of stomach acidity causes acne. Lack of stomach acid probably causes your heartburn, too.

Your stomach is supposed to be acidic, to say the least; this is necessary for proper digestion. However, modern diets high in sugar and refined carbs and low in B vitamins cause reduced stomach acid. Food doesn't digest as well, and a whole host of problems can occur, not just acne, but autoimmune disease, inflammation, compromised gut health, among other things.

Read the stickied Taurine thread for more info about this.

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You're thinking about this in a completely wrong way. Lack of stomach acidity causes acne. Lack of stomach acid probably causes your heartburn, too.

Your stomach is supposed to be acidic, to say the least; this is necessary for proper digestion. However, modern diets high in sugar and refined carbs and low in B vitamins cause reduced stomach acid. Food doesn't digest as well, and a whole host of problems can occur, not just acne, but autoimmune disease, inflammation, compromised gut health, among other things.

Read the stickied Taurine thread for more info about this.

Exactly. Stomach acid is what triggers the muscle at the top of the stomach to tighten. if your stomach acid id lacking, that muscle will be lax, and stomach acid will come up into your throat. But stomach acid is still acidic and it will still burn your throat because it's not supposed to be there, even if the acidity is relatively low for what it should be. This is "heart burn". Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) is an already known and established cause of acne, no mystery there. IF your acne is caused by low stomach acid, fixing that will fix your acne. The thing is that acne is not caused by only one thing. It could be low stomach acid that's your problem, or it could be something else.

To improve your digestion and improve your stomach acid pH:

increase salt consumption. You body uses the chloride from sodium chloride to make the "-chlor-" part of hydrochloric acid, which is what stomach acid is made of. Salt deficiency = low stomach acid problems. The USRDA for salt is 2500mg/day

Increase protein intake. Protein stimulates stomach acid production.

Include spicy and bitter foods in your diet: peppers, cayenne, bitter salads, mustard, etc.

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Again, it all matters exactly where it is located and what the acne looks like. What I mean, is where is the puss located. Acne with puss is normally hot acne, red marks and balls are more of cool acne. This is a very intricate topic, very unrealistic unless you under constant watch.

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... this is pretty common amongst chinese culture... all of my relatives think acne can be cured by drinking lots of green bean soup which supposedly eliminates "hot spots" ... things like fried foods makes the body "hotter" along with lychees and various other things... they also think carrots and fish make you have healthy eyes... i personally think its nonmedically sound advice... though those aforementioned items are good for your body due to the vitamins

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You're thinking about this in a completely wrong way. Lack of stomach acidity causes acne. Lack of stomach acid probably causes your heartburn, too.

Your stomach is supposed to be acidic, to say the least; this is necessary for proper digestion. However, modern diets high in sugar and refined carbs and low in B vitamins cause reduced stomach acid. Food doesn't digest as well, and a whole host of problems can occur, not just acne, but autoimmune disease, inflammation, compromised gut health, among other things.

Read the stickied Taurine thread for more info about this.

Exactly. Stomach acid is what triggers the muscle at the top of the stomach to tighten. if your stomach acid id lacking, that muscle will be lax, and stomach acid will come up into your throat. But stomach acid is still acidic and it will still burn your throat because it's not supposed to be there, even if the acidity is relatively low for what it should be. This is "heart burn". Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) is an already known and established cause of acne, no mystery there. IF your acne is caused by low stomach acid, fixing that will fix your acne. The thing is that acne is not caused by only one thing. It could be low stomach acid that's your problem, or it could be something else.

To improve your digestion and improve your stomach acid pH:

increase salt consumption. You body uses the chloride from sodium chloride to make the "-chlor-" part of hydrochloric acid, which is what stomach acid is made of. Salt deficiency = low stomach acid problems. The USRDA for salt is 2500mg/day

Increase protein intake. Protein stimulates stomach acid production.

Include spicy and bitter foods in your diet: peppers, cayenne, bitter salads, mustard, etc.

And the sodium of sodium chloride helps make sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to alkalize the digested food and HCL after it has left the stomache so it can be absorbed in the intestines.

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