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We love myths. Our
love of myths is the reason we populated Mount Olympus and the surrounding
rivers and forests and even the seas of Greece, with a wonderful plethora of
gods which survived thousands of years in literature, poetry and even common
language. Actually, every culture has a similar collection of great, creative,
But when we start
transferring our weakness for myths from love and war stories to such important
areas as health and make them into a pseudoscience, we have a problem.
I want to address one
of those myths, a myth
about testosterone-creating or testosterone-mimicking foods and plants that
make women break-out in acne.
First, some important
Since in men low
testosterone is often associated with less male prowess, lower libido,
sometimes even erectile dysfunction, less sex drive and more body fat, for
quite a long time there have been different attempts to find a way(s) to boost natural production of
testosterone by the men's glands. As synthesized testosterone
has been used for a while but may have a number of adverse side effects,
and, as we indicated, as there is NO "natural testosterone-like
substance" for men to eat, we try to look for ways to increase men's
body production of testosterone.One of the most popular areas of exploration is
There are some--just some--indications that in men (there is NO
data pertinent to women), a diet rich in saturated fats and "healthy
cholesterol" like eggs, and rich in monosaturated fats found in such
products as peanuts, olive oil and avocado can be pro-testosterone (may help
men's glands to produce more testosterone). Unfortunately, there is no clear
data indicating how much of those foods is needed and for how long they are
needed to actually make a difference.
And here comes a
dangerous myth! "Women who eat a lot of peanuts
or other "men" foods will produce more (or too much) androgens and as
a result... have more acne."
Finally, just a small
exercise in logic that may help us to pause before we create easy
"myths" in the future based on some incomplete and barely related
Once upon a time,
Swedish statisticians wanted to prove that even statistics must be used with a
grain of salt. Since in Europe one of the tales mothers tell their young kids
is that they were brought by storks, statisticians actually have done a power
analysis to compare the ratio of birth in a particular year and number of
storks spotted in Sweden the same year. And guess what? Correlation was highly
significant! Does it mean that storks really bring babies in Sweden?
So the next time you
reach for the jar of peanut butter and fear too much testosterone, please
don't, but certainly fear a large amount of sugar, a real enemy of your skin,
that most of the peanut butters contain. This is a potentially much more real
factor that may be increasing your breakouts. And if you really suspect you
acne, ask your doctor for a test.
Thousands of people
have become acne-free using AcnEase, our all-botanical,
up to 98% efficacious smart acne treatment. This is NOT a myth.
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