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Can diet influence skin conditions?
Patients now often seek dietary advice from their dermatologist, and frequently link many of their health problems, including diseases of the skin, to their diet. For decades it was thought that many common skin conditions had no relationship to diet. However in recent years, some studies have shown that diet could be a contributing factor and influence the outcome of certain dermatology conditions.
Many dermatologists now believe that dietary interventions may influence the course of the skin disease, acne. And in some cases a dietary change may serve as one aspect of prevention for conditions such as: skin cancer and ageing of the skin. Diet may also be linked to systemic disease, and dietary changes may affect health outcomes for psoriasis, and may even reduce the risk of other skin conditions developing.
Research shows that diet is linked to conditions such as acne and eczema
Recent research indicates that a Western diet and specific food, such as white bread, rice and sugar (foods high in glycemic index) are rapidly absorbed by the body. These foods can lead to higher serum glucose levels and elevated levels of insulin. Insulin can increase sebum production, stimulate adrenal androgen synthesis, and increase androgen bio-availability, all of which play a role in the pathogenesis of acne.
Eczema is another skin condition that is linked to diet. Many people who have eczema are also diagnosed with food allergies. Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and also known as atopic dermatitis, it can cause skin irritation, blisters, and itchy rashes. There are a number of known foods that act as trigger to a flare-up if you already have the condition, and other know foods that can reduce general symptoms.