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Clin Dermatol. 2010 Jan-Feb;28(1):12-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2009.03.010.

The role of diet in acne: facts and controversies.

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The Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, 76100 Rechovot, Israel.


Acne is the most prevalent skin condition. It has a substantial effect on the quality of life of teenagers worldwide. Among acne patients from different societies and cultures, diet is uniformly regarded as a major cause in the pathogenesis of acne. We reviewed the up-to-date literature regarding acne and culprit foods such as dairy products, chocolate, and fatty foods. Unfortunately, after reviewing the existing data, there are no answers but there are definitely more questions, because there is no clear proof about whether these issues are facts or misconceptions.

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