Diet and acne

Whitney P. Bowe, Smita S. Joshi, Alan R. Shalita

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Abstract

Historically, the relationship between diet and acne has been highly controversial. Before the 1960s, certain foods were thought to exacerbate acne. However, subsequent studies dispelled these alleged associations as myth for almost half a century. Several studies during the last decade have prompted dermatologists to revisit the potential link between diet and acne. This article critically reviews the literature and discusses how dermatologists might address diet when counseling patients with acne. Dermatologists can no longer dismiss the association between diet and acne. Compelling evidence exists that high glycemic load diets may exacerbate acne. Dairy ingestion appears to be weakly associated with acne, and the roles of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, zinc, vitamin A, and dietary fiber remain to be elucidated. This study was limited by the lack of randomized controlled trials in the literature. We hope that this review will encourage others to explore the effects of diet on acne.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-141
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • acne
  • dairy
  • diet
  • glycemic index
  • glycemic load
  • nutrition
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • vitamin A
  • vitamins
  • zinc

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