Acne vulgaris is an inflammatory skin condition, also known by most as acne, and affects mainly adolescents but can also affect adults at any age. It is estimated that 80-90% of adolescents and young adults in the US develop acne at some point in their life.

  • Genetic predispositions, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌hormonal‌ ‌issues,‌ ‌skin’s‌ ‌oily‌ ‌secretions,‌ ‌bacterial‌ ‌imbalance‌ ‌, and‌ ‌immune‌ ‌system‌ ‌reactions, factors in the development of acne.
  • Certain medications, stress, the onset of puberty, hormonal exposure through food, oily cosmetics, and other factors can worsen acne.
  • Some hormonal imbalances that can contribute to acne may include increased levels of dihydrotestosterone, a testosterone metabolite, insulin, and cortisol.  
  • Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, and Cushing syndrome are also shown to promote acne development.



  • Avoid refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates.
  • Eliminate dairy products
  • Increase foods with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Avoid animal products containing exogenous hormones
  • Avoid exposure to oily environments such as fast-food restaurants.
  • Do not use abrasive soaps or scrubs and do not pick at acne.
  • Avoid cosmetics and if used only use water-based.  Avoid the following ingredients: lanolin, cocoa or coconut butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, oils of avocado, mink or sesame, propylene glycol, stearates, glyceryl-3-diisostearate, isopropyl, lauric acid, red dyes, etc.
  • Identify and treat gut issues
  • Identify and treat hormonal imbalances
  • Identify and treat food allergies


  • Consider psychological counseling, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, if needed
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation


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Carolina Integrative Clinic

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