Diet in dermatology: Part II. Melanoma, chronic urticaria, and psoriasis

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Dec;71(6):1053.e1-1053.e16. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2014.06.016. Epub 2014 Nov 15.


The roles of dietary factors in aggravating, preventing, or treating skin diseases are common questions encountered in dermatology practice. Part II of this two-part series reviews dietary modifications that can potentially be utilized in the management of melanoma, chronic urticaria, and psoriasis patients. Specifically, we examine the effect of alcohol consumption and supplementation with vitamins D and E, polyunsaturated fatty acids, selenium, green tea, resveratrol, and lycopene on melanoma risk. The relationships between chronic urticaria symptoms and dietary pseudoallergens, gluten, and vitamin D are analyzed. We explore weight loss, reduced alcohol consumption, and gluten avoidance as means of reducing psoriasis-associated morbidity, as well as the possible utility of supplementation with polyunsaturated fatty acids, folic acid, vitamin D, and antioxidants. With proper knowledge of the role of diet in these cutaneous disease processes, dermatologists can better answer patient inquiries and consider implementation of dietary modifications as adjuncts to other treatments and preventative measures.

Keywords: chronic urticaria; diet; melanoma; nutrition; psoriasis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Melanoma / diet therapy*
  • Psoriasis / diet therapy*
  • Skin Neoplasms / diet therapy*
  • Urticaria / diet therapy*