Acne Survey Reveals Patient Understanding Of Acne And Diet

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Acne patients using the dermatologist-recommended patient education service from Vivacare provide their opinions on the relationship of diet and acne.

Vivacare, a doctor recommended patient education service, provides results of a recent survey regarding acne and diet (

The acne survey ( of 461 acne patients, 98.5% of which had an acne breakout in the last 12 months, concluded that people suffering from acne are still uncertain about the relationship between what they eat and the frequency and severity of their acne. 47.7% of the respondents indicated that they think "eating some foods" can make their acne worse, while only 22.8% report noticing their own acne worsening after eating certain foods.

Acne ( is a very common skin condition among teenagers, as well as adults, that shows up as outbreaks of pimples or zits on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne can be a source of emotional distress, and even moderate cases can lead to permanent acne scars. ( Although the role of diet and acne has been dismissed by most dermatologists over the previous 20 years, recent studies have lead to renewed interest in the role of diet and acne, particularly dairy products and foods with a high glycemic index.

The survey results showed a discrepancy between what acne sufferers have heard from others, and their own personal experience. For instance, 76.3% reported hearing that chocolate can make acne worse, but only 25.1% reported that chocolate made their own acne worse. Similarly 69.4% reported that French Fries can make acne worse, but only 16.6% reported that French Fries made their own acne worse.

People with acne should seek care from a board-certified dermatologist ( who can recommend a variety of effective acne medications, including topical retinoids, antibiotics, isotretinoin or hormonal therapies, that can reduce the duration of acne and reduce the risk of developing acne scars.

About Vivacare
Vivacare is a patient education company based in Berkeley, California that supports the physician-patient relationship by helping medical professionals share practical health information with their patients, leading to improved clinical care and patient satisfaction. Over 2,000 dermatologists use Vivacare's "fromyourdoctor" service to deliver health information regarding acne and other skin conditions to their patients.


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