Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2012;25:111-117
(DOI:10.1159/000336404)

Nutrition and Acne: Therapeutic Potential of Ketogenic Diets

Paoli A.a · Grimaldi K.d · Toniolo L.a · Canato M.a · Bianco A.c · Fratter A.b
aDepartment of Biomedical Sciences and bSchool of Dentistry, University of Padova, Padova, and cDepartment of Sports Science (DISMOT), School of Sports Science, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy; dBiomedical Engineering Laboratory, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
email Corresponding Author


 goto top of outline Key Words

  • Ketogenic diet
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Inflammation
  • Nutrition

 goto top of outline Abstract

The influence of nutrition on skin health is a growing research area but the findings of various studies on the effect of diet on the development of acne have often been contradictory. The general opinion among researchers has oscillated between two different, opposing positions: that diet either is or is not a key factor for acne development. This review examines the evidence supporting an influence of various dietary components on the development of acne particularly focusing on the role played by carbohydrates. The physiological and biochemical effects of the ketogenic diet are examined from this perspective and mechanisms will be proposed via which this type of diet could have a role in the treatment of acne.

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 goto top of outline Author Contacts

Antonio Paoli
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of Padova, Via Marzolo 3
IT-35131 Padova (Italy)
Tel. +39 04 9827 5318, E-Mail antonio.paoli@unipd.it


 goto top of outline Article Information

Received: December 5, 2011
Accepted: January 3, 2012
Published online: February 11, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 105


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