Avoiding Exacerbators of Acne
1) milk, with skim milk being worse than whole milk
Almond milk is a good alternative.
2) peanuts and peanut butter
Almond butter or other nut butters are good alternatives.
3) whey protein, found in protein supplements and nutrition snack bars
Other proteins such as egg protein, hemp protein, and pea protein are good alternatives.
4) iodide, particularly iodized salt and seaweed
Sea salt is a good alternative.
5) sweets, such as candy, cookies, cakes, etc.
Things sweetened with Stevia instead of sugar are a good alternative.
Like mentioned above in the sunscreen section, even when a product is labeled as non-comedogenic, it doesn’t mean that it has been tested on facial skin. Nevertheless, there are extremely few makeup products which are labeled as non-comedogenic. Even the words “oil free” don’t mean much, because it really depends on how one defines “oil.”
Foundation and blush are the two most common offending products. Loose powder foundations are the safest of the bunch, and blush without artificial red dyes is a must.
1) prednisone – this drug is used for many conditions to reduce inflammation in the body. For short-term usage, such as one to two weeks, it can actually clear up acne, but when used for the long term, it will definitely lead to breakouts typically on the trunk and possibly on the face as well. Other types of corticosteroids such as dexamethasone and prednisolone cause the same exact problem as prednisone.
2) topical cortisone – there are many topical creams and ointments used to treat eczema, psoriasis, or other inflammatory skin disorders which are derivatives of hydrocortisone. When used for a long duration, these will undoubtedly trigger acne in sensitive individuals.
3) lithium – this drug is useful for the treatment of bipolar disorder. If a patient develops acne while taking this drug, their psychiatrist might choose to switch to different medications for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
4) phenytoin (Dilantin) – for the treatment of seizures, this drug is commonly used. Fortunately, there are many alternatives on the market today that do not cause acne. If you are taking this drug and acne is bothering you, be sure to discuss it with your neurologist.
5) testosterone – whether taken for bodybuilding for use in a gel form as a medical treatment for low testosterone levels that occur with aging, this drug is the king of all stimulators of the oil glands.
6) potassium iodide – a liquid medication called supersaturated solution of potassium iodide was once more commonly used as a drug, but now it is rarely used.
7) certain chemotherapy drugs can cause acne, but that is not a reason to change the chemotherapy. In these cases, we simply treat the acne.
There are others, but these are the most common.
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