Significance of Diet and Oral Supplementation in Acne Vulgaris

*Agnieszka Szmurło, Alicja Kucharska

Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Health Science, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
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Disclosure: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
Received: 27.07.16 Accepted: 20.10.16
Citation: EMJ Dermatol. 2016;4[1]:90-94.


Acne vulgaris is one of the most common skin diseases in the world. There are many factors involved in its pathogenesis. The dermatosis is characterised by seborrhoea and the formation of comedones, pustules, and papules and is very unpleasant for patients. Recent data have shown that there may be a connection between acne, diet, and dietary supplements. Researchers have found that milk and dairy products, high glycaemic load, and a diet low in omega-3 fatty acids can aggravate acne. On the other hand, there is also a hypothesis that oral supplementation can be beneficial. Supplements cited as beneficial are products containing omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and probiotics. However, there are still many inaccuracies in this area of dermatology and further research is needed before any recommendations can be made.

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