[Translated article] Popular Diets and Skin Effects: A Narrative Review

Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2024 Apr;115(4):T374-T386. doi: 10.1016/j.ad.2023.10.044. Epub 2024 Feb 7.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Numerous diets for losing weight, building strength, and managing a range of cardiovascular, neurologic, and skin diseases have become popular in recent years. The ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting in particular have shown promising results in clinical and sports medicine. The Mediterranean diet, in turn, is widely recognized for its numerous health benefits. Also popular are the paleo diet and vegan and gluten-free diets. Positive effects on inflammatory conditions, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and acne, have been observed in patients who practice intermittent fasting or follow ketogenic or Mediterranean diets. This last choice may also protect against certain skin cancers. We review the role of several popular diets in the management of skin disorders.

Keywords: Ayuno intermitente; Dermatology; Dermatología; Dieta cetogénica; Dieta libre de gluten; Dieta mediterránea; Dieta vegana; Gluten-free diet; Intermittent fasting; Ketogenic diet; Mediterranean diet; Vegan diet.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet, Mediterranean*
  • Humans
  • Skin