Medical Specialty >> Dermatology

Doctors Lounge - Dermatology Answers

Back to Dermatology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/18/2017.

Forum Name: Dermatology Topics

Question: acne as a sign of other health problems


 nmeador - Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:30 pm

I was wondering if acne could be a sign of other health problems or disease. More so with adult acne or someone who never had acne problems besides the occasional pimple. Also, even though the person has a fairly healthy diet since it's said that certain foods or diets can cause acne problems.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:23 pm

User avatar Hello,
Diet has been shown to rarely be a cause of acne in and of itself, although a healthy diet rich in vegetables can help. For this reason I'm glad to hear you do this. With few exceptions where an individual is sensitive to a particular food, you just don't get it from greasy foods, chocolate, etc. as was once believed. It is usually hormonally caused and related to clogged pores.

Yes, acne can be a sign of other problems - particularly of the endocrine system. Some people have excess androgens and adult acne often responds to entirely different treatments than teenage acne. There are also varying types of acne. A dermatologist should be able to help you get a handle on this and find the best treatment which could consist of hormones, antibiotics, accutane, etc.

Best wishes. I know this is a very frustrating condition.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us