The role of diet in acne: facts and controversies

Clin Dermatol. 2010 Jan-Feb;28(1):12-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2009.03.010.


Acne is the most prevalent skin condition. It has a substantial effect on the quality of life of teenagers worldwide. Among acne patients from different societies and cultures, diet is uniformly regarded as a major cause in the pathogenesis of acne. We reviewed the up-to-date literature regarding acne and culprit foods such as dairy products, chocolate, and fatty foods. Unfortunately, after reviewing the existing data, there are no answers but there are definitely more questions, because there is no clear proof about whether these issues are facts or misconceptions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / epidemiology*
  • Acne Vulgaris / prevention & control*
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Causality
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Dairy Products
  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Global Health
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Skin Care / methods
  • Young Adult


  • Dietary Carbohydrates