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    "Hormonal acne" a western disease? Indigenous people vs civilized people

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    I was going over a published study that shows acne being a result of western environmental factors of people ages (15-25).
    But, does this cover the type of acne that most teens during puberty get? And then an adult grows out of?
    Do indigenous people living away from civilization acquire this acne when they go through puberty? is "hormonal acne" normal?

    I was also wondering about those common illnesses most children experience such as chicken pox, varicella, measles, etc. Do indigenous cultures experience this as well?
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    No idea, but I will say that my adult acne issues cleared up when I started primal. A few months ago I started taking the hormone DHEA and my acne is back despite a primal diet/very little sugar.

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    That's just the junk food age. I can go to Taco Bell right now and buy a whole platter of pus-filled boils if I want. Takes only a day to set up, and close to a week to resolve. It's the vegetable oil, specifically soybean oil. High-fructose corn syrup does it, too. Combine them and it's horrible. My skin gets shiny, I get bloated, etc. I'm not the only one, either. I always watch what people are eating and what their skin looks like.
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    I had my first puberty pre paleo and my second paleo.

    I still had nasty spots at times. I would say that primal helped, but it's not the only western environmental aspect. There is a genetic aspect to spots as well, so it's difficult to look to surviving h-g societies for an answer on this one.

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    I think genetics plays a huge role. I started puberty early, was overweight and ate crap, and never had acne problems.

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    "The idea that hormones are a major cause of acne is a bit of a misconception," says Dr. Moy. "Hormones are the third most common cause of acne, but it is the side effects from your period that cause most of the acne. Increased stress levels, sugar consumption, and lack of exercise are bigger causes than hormones, which can only be treated with drugs.

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    Sugar would only cause acne through burning through vitamin a due to increased metabolic rate. It is hormonal, in that estrogen promotes keratinization, and vitamin a opposes it. With adequate retinol, one could theoretically control acne.
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    My daughter had horrible acne. Became a vegan trying to help it for 3 years. It was only the cutting out of gluten that eradicated it completely.
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