Saving Lives By Treating Acne With Diet


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  • So long as I take digestive enzymes I can eat all the dairy I want without having a breakout. Sometime science is looking to closely at the problem. Nutritional deficiencies like Zinc and Retinol are also huge contributors to acne. And where do you get Retinol? From dairy. Nutritional excesses from sodium and sugar can also cause acne. It is a multi faceted problem and those facets will be unique to each suffer.

  • I've been a vegetarian most of my life and have almost never had problems with acne. Acne occurs when pores get clogged with oil, right? Maybe the oils in the junk food (that teenagers often eat) gets oil in their pores? Maybe the lack of oils in fruits and vegetables and reduction of animal based foods doesn't give them any oils to clog their pores with?

  • Dairy is the real culprit! I've been a vegetarian (no meat or eggs) for the past 25 years, but my acne continued as I used to gorge on tons of cheese and yogurt. Have just turned vegan. Thank you! 🙂

  • This research is utter nonsense. come to any village in India dairy has been in their diets for more than 300 years. Milk in tea, coffee, just as it is, cottage cheese, curd, buttermilk, sweets. 99% of these people are acne free. Acne is prevalent in urban population in a significantly higher numbers.
    Acne does not have one agent as the cause. therefore to treat it requires multi-front approach.

  • But when I'm actually eating healthy i get more acne and when I stop eating healthy i don't get them that bad… I still get them but not many…. why is this ?? :/

  • PLEASE HELP ME… I'm 25 and I've been vegan for 1.5years and yet I feel my acne has not improved and if anything, my face has become more oily and greasy! How can I stop this!?

  • my story with acne is really, REALLY funny. I was 14 and I had such a great skin, even though I was eating just crap (tons of animal protein, refined carbs, no veggies and barely any fruit). I started to break out when I was 15 but it was not a big deal. however, the moment I figured out the correlation between diet and acne, I started to freack out. so, the "healthier" I eat, the more acne I was getting. I didn't know what the hell was going on. It happens to me that I found those vegan youtubers that claimed about the detox symptoms, and so, everything made sense. I was following a high raw low fat vegan diet for a while, but it screwed up my digestion ( i never had digestive issues before), my hormones, and my skin (even tough it seemed to work for a while, but then my skin went bad again). now, 3 years had happened, I'm still vegan (because of moral reasons), eating the healthiest I can imagine (whole foods, bae), and yet, I have digestive issues and still some annoying acne. I've tried once to relax and eat like I used to do before all this mess. I felt like, literally, shit. oh, and my acne is getting worse ever since then. maybe some emotional/mental issue is going on between me and my health goals. now, I'm trying to find balance eating higher in fat and plant based protein (because high carb-low fat didn't work). or maybe, I just broke myself due to bad advices.

  • Im 15, vegan for 3 years and mostly whole foods with very low oil intake. My skin is the worst its ever been. Is there anyway i can reduce the ever growing death on my face? Most of its around my mouth/chin and forehead

  • I took tetracycline for 3 years for infected severe acne then I stopped dairy even predigested buttermilk which all caused my acne ,my liver n kidneys are damaged from the tetracycline given to me by specialist dermatologist

  • What about those who are determined to build unnatural amounts of muscle? Leucine has been demonstrated to up-regulate muscle protein synthesis more than any other amino acid by far, and the entire process of initiating muscle growth is an inflammatory process sparked by the activation of mTOR? Is it just a trade off?

  • Also do not consume any oil. Don't cook with it etc. The fats you eat are the fats you wear. Even too many nuts can cause greasy skin, especially peanut butter.

  • Dr. Greger, I'm at a loss here. I am a 33 year old male still suffering from acne. It is confined to strictly to my forehead. My PCP doesn't know how to treat it. My dermatologist, who I pretty much see once to twice per year, keeps prescribing me stronger and stronger topical creams. Based what I read, I'm currently on the strongest retinoid out there plus a topical antibiotic. Nothing is helping. I went vegan two years ago because of my acne and have seen no improvement. I've switched to a clean, raw, diet with very little processed foods and still have not seen any improvement. My confidence is gone. My social life is being influenced because of my acne. I just don't know what to do. Please.

  • I took antibiotics for years for my acne which messed up my gut flora and then took accutane which basically messed up my life leaving me with permanent mental and physical problems. I wish I'd known this then.

  • Does this cause body acne too? I DRINK 2 cups of tea a day and eat foods that contain dairy… Other than that I eat healthy! I thought milk was essential but that is beginning to change when you brought up that cows milk was for calfs, that made me think, wow it is..

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