[Diet in pathogenesis of acne vulgaris]

Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2017 Oct 23;43(256):186-189.
[Article in Polish]


Acne vulgaris is one of the most common dermatologic condition especially among adolescents. Acne is related to excess sebum production by sebaceous glands, inflammation both within and adjacent to the comedones, hyperproliferation of Propionibacterium acnes. Some of investigations show association between acne and diet. Milk increases the level of IGF-1 leading to the synthesis of androgen-mediated increases sebum production. Chocolate predispose to hyperglycemia and insulinemia which aggravate of acne vulgaris. High levels of omega-6 fatty acids have been associated with increase of acne in contrast to omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease inflammation. Food have huge impact on development and severity of acne and may exert beneficial effect in the treatment of this disorder.

Keywords: acne vulgaris; diet.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / etiology*
  • Animals
  • Chocolate / adverse effects
  • Diet / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Milk / adverse effects