Acne Solution and cure – Is there an acne solution that results in a cure? Can you reduce the antibiotic use by eating healthier with more fish and vegetables?
What we eat makes a difference, but food is only part of the solution and may not counteract the powerful effect of hormones in the body
January 2 2017

Natural solution for Acne
Acne is difficult to treat and we do not have an acne cure that works for everyone. However, one acne solution is dietary intervention.  Diet does play a role, even though the medical profession denies that food has anything to do with acne solution. Here are some suggestions to treat or prevent acne, or even perhaps an acne cure:

Avoid friction or contact with acne pimples. Leave them alone, do not play with or pop pimples.
Avoid androgenic hormones such as pregnenolone, DHEA, testosterone, and androstenedione. Stress can make acne worse by releasing certain hormones.

Reduce intake of sugar (including excessive amounts of fruit juices), sweets, processed flour, baked goods. Substitute Stevia, the no calorie natural sweetener rather than sugar. Avoiding high glycemic load foods could help acne sufferers clear up their skin. High glycemic load foods refer to foods that cause a sharp increase in blood glucose, or sugar, such as low-fiber carbohydrates. Low glycemic load foods cause an more gradual and sustained increase in glucose, and include foods such as high-fiber, complex carbohydrates.

Acne improves on low glycemic diet, a natural solution
Foods that produce a high glycemic load — such as sugared drinks, white bread and white potatoes — cause a quick rise in blood sugar. More complex carbohydrates with fiber, such as unrefined cereals, grains, or beans, lead to a more gradual change and have a low glycemic index. Dr. Robyn N. Smith, from the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, evaluated acne symptoms in 43 male patients, between 15 and 25 years, who were randomly assigned to a low glycemic load diet or a normal diet. After 3 months, the low-glycemic diet was associated with a significant reduction in acne compared with the normal diet. In addition, the low-glycemic diet produced greater reductions in body weight and body mass and a greater increase in insulin sensitivity.
One reason for the success of this low glycemic acne diet is that it limited the rise in high insulin levels. Chronically high levels of insulin may lead to blockages in skin pores and extra oil building up under the skin. I also think eating lots of fish full of omega-3 EPA and DHA oils is very helpful for acne. Even with the best diet, many teenagers will still be bothered with pimples, but the skin problem is likely to be less severe when a healthier diet is adopted.

Dietary advice to help with acne problems
Reduce intake of and trans and hydrogenated fats. Examples include donuts, cookies, pastry, etc.
Reduce intake of nuts. Peanuts and peanut butter may provoke acne in some individuals.
Reduce intake of milk products. There is a high amount of hormones produced in the milk of cows, particularly in the milk of pregnant cows, which makes up the bulk of marketed milk and dairy products. Milk from pregnant cows contains progesterone, 5-alpha reduced steroids, and other steroid hormones. These hormones, when consumed, can break down into dihydrotestestosterone (DHT), the final molecule that turns on oil-making cells. Studies show there is an association between milk consumption and acne, and it didn’t matter whether the milk was whole, lowfat, or skim. For those who eliminate or significantly reduce milk products from their diet, calcium supplements could be helpful.
Reduce or avoid vitamin E. Some patients have noticed acne pimples after taking vitamin E. We are not certain of this connection, but until more is known you may wish to stop taking supplements of this vitamin.

Increase intake of foods that may improve acne such as fish (halibut, salmon, tuna, sardines) and eat a wide variety of vegetables. These are the best foods to eat. They will make a difference in the health of your skin. You may consider taking fish oil capsules if your intake of fish is fewer than twice a week. Cod-Liver-Oil pills supplements are another option.
Increase your intake of water. Drink a glass or two of cold water first thing in the morning to eliminate the bowels. Drink 4 to 8 glasses of water per day, more in hot weather.

Relax, meditate, do yoga, take long walks, attempt to change your response to perceived stressful experiences.

Q. I am an adult suffering from acne including cystic acne, I am not a big fan of antibiotics and their overuse, and am looking for a more “natural” way to help my cystic acne. I have heard that raw garlic can have the affect of an antibiotic, has there been any studies done for the use of clearing cystic acne? I would really appreciate any info you may have on this matter before I decide on the antibiotic regimin suggested.
A. We are not aware of research with garlic and acne, but we can’t imagine it would hurt and maybe it could slightly help.
Q. Well I am happy to report that for me garlic has worked amazingly, I have been taking deodorized garlic caplets for 4 days along with my other topical acne products (that do not work on cyctic acne) and have seen a big improvement in my CYSTIC acne, I plan to continue using, like you said it cant hurt. I will email you in a few weeks and give you any results that I may have. Could just be a fluke but I could not be happier with the results so far I also took before pictures and will take after.

Traditional acne treatment with medications
Comedonal acne is often treated with topical retinoids; papulopustular acne with a combination of retinoids and topical antimicrobial substances (benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, or azelaic acid). Those with acne on parts of the body beyond the face can be treated with oral antibiotics combined with topical retinoids or benzoyl peroxide. Acne conglobata and other severe manifestations are treated with oral isotretinoin. Women are also treated with oral contraceptives containing anti-androgenic progestins. Second-line agents include oral zinc or dapsone.

Acne treatment with isotretinoin can lead to depression
People with acne who are treated with isotretinoin are more likely to have depression. Because depression could have serious consequences, close monitoring of isotretinoin users is indicated.

Acne treatment in women
The oral contraceptive Yasmin, plus a low-dose of the diuretic spironolactone, is a treatment for women with severe facial acne.

Dapsone gel as acne solution
Two randomized studies demonstrate the efficacy of dapsone gel, 5% for the treatment of acne vulgaris.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007; Draelos ZD, Carter E, Maloney JM, Elewski B, Poulin Y, Lynde C, Garrett S; for the United States / Canada Dapsone Gel Study Group. From Dermatology Consulting Services, High Point.
An aqueous gel formulation of dapsone has been developed that allows clinically-effective doses of dapsone to be administered topically with minimal systemic absorption. The goal of these studies was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of dapsone gel, 5% in the treatment of acne. Patients 12 years of age and older with acne vulgaris participated in two identically-designed 12-week, randomized, double-blind studies of twice-daily monotherapy with dapsone gel, 5%, versus a vehicle gel. Dapsone gel -treated patients achieved superior results in terms of the investigator’s global acne assessment and the mean percentage reduction in inflammatory, noninflammatory, and total lesion counts at week 12. Reductions in inflammatory lesion counts favoring dapsone gel over vehicle were apparent as early as 2 weeks and reached statistical significance by 4 weeks. No clinically significant changes in laboratory parameters, including hemoglobin, even among glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase-deficient patients, were observed. Adverse events were comparable between the treatment groups and rarely led to discontinuation. Dapsone gel, 5% appears to be an effective, safe, and well-tolerated treatment for acne vulgaris, with a rapid onset of action.

Chemotherapy induced acne
Acneiform eruptions associated with epidermal growth factor receptor-targeted chemotherapy.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007. Division of Dermatology, Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL, USA.
A relatively newer class of chemotherapy agents, known as the epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors (EGF-RIs), is being used to treat advanced stages of solid tumors. Acne like eruptions are a frequent adverse effect and one which has been associated with increased survival in some studies. We describe 3 patients who presented shortly after initiation of EGF-RI therapy. Characteristics included an absence of comedones, facial and truncal involvement, and a perifollicular lymphoneutrophilic infiltrate detected on biopsy. Acne lesion counts were reduced with topical adapalene and oral tetracyclines in two patients. Patient 3 had dramatic acne clearance with low-dose isotretinoin (20 mg daily) until completion of EGF-RI therapy. Acne like eruptions are a common adverse reaction to EGF-RI therapy and can be treated with traditional acne therapy. This should not be considered a drug hypersensitivity eruption or allergy, and patients should continue therapy.

Acne cure diet questions
Q. I have been suffering from acne for 21 years. I had 42 surgeries on my face and I still get acne. I have been on Accutane for years up to 120 mg a day. Recently, some doctors are associating my acne to an auto immune disorder called sapho and some beleive that I do not have an auto immune disorder. I have been on antibiotics for 10 years. Recently, I have seen a Chinese doctor who does reflexology and has prescribed a schizonepta and siler formula. I don’t know if I should take this or not. I do not want my acne to get worse.
A. We strongly suggesting the dietary advice of daily fish (salmon, halibut, etc) and high intake of a variety of vegetables. We are not familiar with the Chinese herbs schizonepta and siler you mention. We truly hope you can make these dietary changes which can offer a good acne solution. Acne is such a frustrating and sometimes depressing skin condition. For info on isotretinoin side effects.

Q. Does 5-HTP cause acne?
A. It should not.

Q.  I have taken a 5 month course of Accutane over a year ago and it worked wonders for me. But about 18 months later the acne is coming back, not like it was before Accutane, but its back. I’m 20 years old and I’ve been very into working out and nutrition since iI’ 14, so I definately agree about diet and acne but its so hard to eat like that especially when your trying to keep on muscle and with little time and almost no where to get some descent food from. Im starting a second course of Accutane and my question to you is they say not to take vitamin A supplements while on Accutane. But my protein shakes contains 33% DV of vitamin A. Is it safe to consume my shakes while on the Accutane?
A. We seriously doubt the small amount of vitamin A in the protein shake would have a negative impact.

Would the use of tribulus cause acne since this herb may increase testosterone levels?
It’s difficult to say. We don’t think this product will induce pimples but we are not sure.

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I was really hoping you could help me out. I get sebum plugs / blackheads in the same pores on the nose, inner cheeks and some on the forehead every 2 or 3 days. What supplements do you recommend that can help me from from getting blackheads and stopping the oil?
Diet is of much greater influence than taking natural pills.