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For those interested, yes there is a genetic component to developing acne, in that certain people will be more "at risk", but there has yet to be specific acne gene. Just like there probably isn't a specific coughing gene, sneezing gene, when we get sick, right? Another example would be the small pox or chicken pox that's presented as skin lesions that were a direct result of a virus. Therefore, all of these are just signs of something [B]wrong[/B], [B]imbalanced[/B], or [B]attacking [/B] our body and this is how we are physically able to be aware of the problem...some people aren't as lucky.

I know I know I know, the statements:
"no one knows why we have acne"

"no one knows how accutane works, it just does"

"there is no connection between diet & acne, but iodine may contribute"

"diet may work if you have an allergy, but my acne is hormonal so food can't be related"

"Bacteria causes acne"

"Sebum causes acne"

Sigh....through years and 1000s of hours of personal research, experimentation, and yielding positive results, along with others research & testimonies, I have [B]never[/B] found anything that has defined acne as it's own disease. The various types of Acne and Acne-like lesions (rosacea, chloracne, yosho, etc) have ALWAYS been associated with one or more of the following:

Irritating/Pore Clogging Skin Care ingredients


Hormonal/Health Imbalances




Chemical Sensitivities


Despite whatever your genetic risk is, the above can be corrected by altering your environmental influences as they can [U]activate those dormant genes [/U] or can [U]INCREASE your risk [/U] even more so. Now, later I'll clarify the above misconceptions, but until then here's something for all of you to mull over:

[B]1965 [/B] - possible 1st evidence of Acne and the role that Androgens play as a subject of published research [url][/url] (no available abstract)

[B]1970 [/B] - this is the first study that provides an available abstract and mentions how Androgen Excess has been found to increase Acne & Hirsutism [url][/url]

[B]1972 [/B] - "Skin Diseases Induced by Hormones" and the role insulin plays [url][/url]

[B]1977[/B] - Unexpected discovery of Insulin & Glucose role on Sex Hormone production [url][/url]

[B]1978[/B] -“ Dermatologic Indications for Anti-androgenic Treatment” [url][/url]

[B]1979[/B] - HAIR-AN Syndrome (hyperandrogenism, insulin resistance, acanthosis negricans) discovered? [url][/url]

[B]1980[/B] - Influence of Sex Hormones on Acne (the role of DHT) [url][/url]

[B]1981[/B]- Type II Diabetes and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels [url][/url]

[B]1981[/B] - Adrenal Hyperandrogenism [url][/url]

[B]1986[/B] - possible 1st evidence of Puberty being a function of Insulin Resistance

[B]1988[/B] – “Cutaneous Manifestions of Systemic Diseases” (thyroid) [url][/url]

[B]1993 [/B] - Insulin Resistance & Puberty [url][/url]

[B]1994 [/B] – Correlation among hormonal imbalance and cancer [url][/url]

[B]1995 [/B] – Hormonal Correlates of Acne & Hirsutism [url][/url]

[B]1996[/B] – Hyperandrogenism, Insulin, & Cancer Risk [url][/url]

[B]1996[/B] – Western Diets role in Insulin Resistance, Type II Diabetes, High LDL, and low Sex Hormone binding Globulin (SHBG) [url][/url]

[B]1998[/B] - SHBGs role to bind Free Testosterone (can convert to DHT) as a function of Insulin production & Diet

[B]2000[/B] - Hyperandrogenism & Insulin Resistance in Women

[B]2001[/B] – Males, Sex Hormones, & Diet [url][/url]

[B]2001[/B] – Sex Hormones, Diet, & Cancer [url][/url]

[B]2002[/B] - Genetic & Environmental Influences. Points out that twins with acne are deficient in a component that produces HDL (good cholesterol) [url][/url]

[B]2003[/B] - Hyperinsulinemia, Syndrome X (Metabolic Syndrome), & Hormonal Imbalance [url][/url]

[B]2003[/B] - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in Adolescents [url][/url]

[B]2003[/B] - PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome, & Low HDL Levels [url][/url]

[B]2003[/B] – LOCAH (late onset adrenal hyperplasia) in males with acne [url][/url]

[B]2003[/B] – Dietary factors & Testosterone production [url][/url]

[B]2003 [/B] - Cutaneous Manifestations of Endocrine Disorders...for dermatologists [url][/url]

[B]2004[/B] - Androgen Excess & associated symptoms [url][/url]

[B]2004[/B] - Insulin Resistance & Androgens [url][/url]

Furthermore, did [B]any[/B] of you notice that when we treat our acne it is a result of the following methods:
[B]Non-pore clogging skin care[/B]

[B]Avoidance of allergens[/B]

[B]Cleansing/Flushing of toxins[/B]

[B]Anti-inflammatories[/B] (antibotics, benzoyl peroxide, zinc, glucocorticoids)

[B]Exfoilants[/B] (glycolic, salicylic acid, retinoids)

[B]Fat Metabolizers [/B] - B5 Therapy, NAC, Fish Oil, Fiber (Glucomannon), Guggul, Low Saturated Fat Diet, Avoidance of Trans Fats, etc

[B]Anti-androgens[/B] - Retinoids (accutane, retinA, Isoterx, azelex), Estrogen, Spironolactone, Flutamide, Glucocorticoids (select cases), Insulin Sensitizers, Folic Acid, Green Tea, Saw Palmetto, etc

[B]DHT Inhibitors[/B] - Retinoids, Avodart (duatasteride), Green Tea (EGCG), Beta Sitosterol (Saw Palmetto), Curcumin (Tumeric), Zinc Sulphate, Vit. B6 (Pyridoxal HCL or Phosphate only), GLA (omega 6), EPA (Omega 3), etc

[B]Insulin Sensitizers/Balancers[/B] - Avandia, R-ALA, Chromium GTF, Cinnamon, Green Tea, NAC, D-Chiro Inositol (Buckwheat Farinetta), Low Carb Diets, Gluten-Free Diets, Paleolithic Diets, etc

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