Skin and Diet: An Update on the Role of Dietary Change as a Treatment Strategy for Skin Disease

Skin Therapy Lett. 2018 Jan;23(1):1-5.


An increasing body of research indicates that dietary change may serve as a component of therapy for certain skin conditions. This includes conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis, aging skin, psoriasis, and rosacea. Certain nutrients, foods, or dietary patterns may act as disease "triggers", while others may prove beneficial. Avoidance or elimination diets may be helpful in some conditions, although testing may be recommended first. In terms of beneficial effects, an eating pattern that emphasizes the consumption of whole foods over highly processed foods may help in the treatment of certain skin conditions, and will certainly help in the prevention of associated co-morbidities.

Keywords: whole foods; diet; elimination diet; skin.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis, Atopic / diet therapy
  • Diet
  • Humans
  • Psoriasis / diet therapy
  • Rosacea / drug therapy
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Diseases / diet therapy*