Diet and Acne

Title: Implications for the role of diet in acne.
Cordain L
Publication: Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2005 Jun;24(2):84-91.

Although it is a widely accepted that diet has no effects on acne, it turns out that there were only two 30-years old studies with few objective data to support this notion.

According to the author, what we eat can affect the following things, all of which have been shown to cause acne:

  • Increasing proliferation of a certain types of cell called basal keratinocytes in the sebaceous ducts.
  • Increasing obstruction of the ducts
  • Increase in sebum production
  • Increased amount of Propionium acnes, the bacteria that causes acne
  • Increased inflammation

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