Iodine in the periodic elements table

Does Iodine Really Cause Acne?

Avoiding iodine has been stock advice for acne patients for several decades now. Iodine is said to cause acne. But is it so? Does iodine really cause acne? That’s what I’m trying to answer with this post. Given that pretty much everybody knows that iodine aggravates acne I was surprised to find very little evidence … Read more

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Does Smoking Cause Acne: What Does The Science Say?

There are few substances as harmful and widely abused as cigarettes. The list of negative health effects of smoking is as long as California. But does smoking also cause acne? Evidence to date is conflicting, and smoking seems to have both positive and negative effects on acne. Conflicting findings from epidemiological studies Epidemiological studies compare … Read more

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The Gut-Skin Axis

One cause of acne is about as far away from the skin as we can get: in the gut. There’s good reason to believe that the health of your skin depends on what happens in your gut. We know from research that gut issues are more prevalent in people with skin conditions. And the same … Read more