Does Diet Really Affect Acne?

H. R. Ferdowsian, MD, MPH; S. Levin, MS, RD

Disclosures

Skin Therapy Letter. 2010;15(3):1-2. 

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Pathophysiology

Acne forms as a result of obstruction and inflammation of hair follicles and their accompanying sebaceous glands (pilosebaceous units). Acne can be inflammatory or noninflammatory and may involve colonization of the follicle with bacteria (most commonly Propionibacterium acnes). With increased hormonal activity, sebum production and blocking of follicles also increase; the latter leading to closed comedones (whiteheads) or open comedones (blackheads).

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