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  1. Caloric Intake and Acne

    There is a growing body of scientific evidence to support the idea that diet and acne may be, at least in part, connected. Perhaps the most overlooked dietary factor that may affect acne development is a person's caloric intake. Research has shown that a high calorie diet affects hormones that are associated with acne, hypothetically leading to more acne. On the flip side, lowering calories might have the opposite effect. So when people eliminate foods they...
  2. Alternative Therapies for Acne

    Inflammation is the immune system's way of repairing damage and fighting bacteria and viruses. Normally, inflammation is short-term and resolves itself once the threat is eliminated. However, ongoing inflammation is present with diseases such as acne. This is called chronic inflammation, which occurs when normal inflammation persists for months or years. Chronic inflammation can affect all parts of the body, such as in the case of arthritis, heart failure, diabetes, and dementia. In the case...
  3. What Causes Acne?

    Scientists still do not know exactly what causes acne, but agree that several different factors likely combine to cause it. While acne may seem like a simple disease, in fact, an intricate process leads to a clogged pore and the redness and inflammation that we see as pimples on the skin. Hormones - For Sure One thing we do know for sure is that acne is in part a hormonal disease. We know this because acne symptoms...
  4. Tips on How to Eat Low Glycemic

    Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Low-glycemic Foods vs. High-glycemic Foods Examples of Low-glycemic Meals and Snacks Tips for Including Low-glycemic Foods in Your Diet High-glycemic Foods Raise Blood Sugar and May Aggravate Acne Studies Show Low-glycemic Diets May Reduce Acne What Else to Consider for a Healthy Diet Conclusion Takeaway Several scientific studies have recently shown that eating a low-glycemic diet, which includes foods that do not cause large increases in blood sugar levels, may...
  5. Why Don't Hunter-gatherers Have Acne?

    Prevalence of Acne Worldwide When considered globally, acne affects about 85% of all young adults aged 12 - 25. While the ubiquity of acne among this age group can be explained by the increase in androgens (male sex hormones present in both males and females) during the adolescent years, the reason for the difference in acne incidence rate among developed nations versus developing regions is not readily apparent. Around 80 - 90% of adolescents in modernized...
  6. What Are the Best Foods for People with Acne?

    The dermatological community still does not know whether diet impacts acne. However, some initial studies have shown that certain foods might possibly be better for acne than others. These foods include: Low-glycemic foods High-antioxidant foods Foods high in zinc Foods rich in omega-3 fats Low Glycemic Foods The glycemic load is a measurement scientists use to determine whether a food will cause an increase in the amount of sugar in your blood. High-glycemic load foods cause a lot of sugar in...
  7. Which Skin Type Ages Faster?

    For thousands of years, people have been obsessed with the idea of eternal youth. Most of us want to look young as long as possible, but as we get older, our skin starts to give away our age. The question is, do some skin types age faster than others? Although the research on this is preliminary, some findings suggest that dry skin might age faster than oily, acne-prone skin. In other words, there may be a...
  8. Glycemic Load Diet and Acne

    Professionals, within and outside the medical community, have long believed that a person's diet might affect acne. Why else, some experts argue, would 9.4% of the world's population at any given time have acne when some cultures, like the populations of Tanzania, natives of Okinawa Japan, Canadian Intuits, and South African Zulu populations have amounts hovering around 1%? Adding fuel to the fire, scientists have found that acne increases in these populations after exposure to...
  9. Alternative Treatment Options for Acne During Pregnancy

    Treating acne during pregnancy is difficult because there is scarce direct evidence concerning the safety of most acne medications and pregnancy. In addition, some acne medications, such as isotretinoin, are not safe to take during pregnancy because of serious risk to the fetus. Alternative treatments such as light and laser therapy show some degree of promise for treating acne during pregnancy, though results are mixed and often are mediocre. Other alternative treatments, such as dietary...
  10. Is Pizza Bad for Acne?

    Scientists do not know whether diet impacts acne. This means that we do not know, for sure, whether pizza causes acne. However, researchers have studied the impact of various ingredients that are used to make pizza on acne. This evidence points towards the possibility that: High glycemic foods, like the pizza crust, may not be the best idea if you have acne. Dairy products, like the cheese, might also not be ideal for acne. But, less is...
  11. How to Clear Open Comedones (Blackheads)

    Blackheads are brown- or black-colored clogged pores that mainly form on the face, but can also be found on the neck, back, shoulders, chest, and upper arms. Dermatologists classify blackheads as "non-inflammatory" acne lesions because they are not red, swollen, or painful. Blackheads form when microscopic hair follicles (pores) become partially clogged by skin cells and skin oil, called sebum. Because the pore is only partially blocked, it remains open to the surface of the skin...
  12. Acne vs. Rosacea

    Acne vs. Rosacea Causes of Acne and Rosacea Clinical Manifestations of Acne Clinical Manifestations of Rosacea Treatment of Acne and Rosacea Summary Both acne and rosacea are common skin diseases that affect millions of people worldwide. Although they are separate conditions, people sometimes cannot distinguish between them. This misunderstanding occurs for two related reasons: Sometimes the lesions of facial acne and rosacea look similar, for instance, both diseases can come with papules and pustules. Because some lesions...
  13. Why Is Researching "Diet and Acne" Difficult?

    Investigating the relationship between diet and acne is difficult. To date, researchers have not performed randomized controlled trials to confirm that diet improves or worsens acne. As an acne sufferer, you can experiment with a particular diet to see if your acne improves. From the research thus far, there is evidence that consuming a low-glycemic diet, including colorful fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fats, may help with acne symptoms. However, until we see repeated randomized controlled...
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