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Clin Dermatol. 2008 Jan-Feb;26(1):93-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2007.09.018.

Diet and acne.

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Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, Manchester, NH 03104, USA. <>


Acne is caused by the action of dihydrotestosterone, derived from endogenous and exogenous precursors, likely acting synergistically with insulin-like growth factor-1. These sources and interactions are discussed. Both a mechanism of action and recommended dietary changes that limit ingestion and production of these hormones are proposed.

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