Diet and Skin

Several skin diseases, especially acne, psoriasis, dandruff, vitiligo, hirsutism, male pattern baldness etc., are increasingly being associated with metabolic syndrome and with certain specific dietary patterns. There is evidence to show that dietary modifications can help in alleviating or preventing many of these problems.

New Evidence for Diet and Skin Diseases

  • Insulin Resistance and Skin Diseases. Napolitano M et al. The Scientific World Journal. Volume 2015, Article ID 479354, 11 pages
  • More than skin deep: dyslipidemia in skin diseases. Dreiher J, Cohen A. Clinical Lipidology. 2009;4(5):533-536
  • Dyslipidemia and metabolic syndrome in patients with lichen planus: A case-control study. Kuntoji V et al. Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists. 2016;26 (4):290-297.
  • Lichen planus and dyslipidaemia: a case-control study. Dreiher J et al. Br J Dermatol. 2009 Sep;161(3):626-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2009.09235.x. Epub 2009 May 12.
  • Metabolic Derangements in Lichen Planus – A Case Control Study. Kar BR et al. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2016 Nov, Vol-10(11): WC01-WC03
  • Incidence of diabetes mellitus in patients with oral lichen planus. Lundström IM. International Journal of Oral Surgery. June 1983;12(3):147-152
  • High prevalence of glucose metabolism disturbance in patients with lichen planus. Seyhan M et al. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice August 2007;77(2):198-202
  • Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Patients with Mucosal Lichen Planus: A Case-Control Study. Baykal L et al. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2015 Oct;16(5):439-45.
  • Disturbance in glucose metabolism in patients of lichen planus. Zakaria ASM, et al. Banganandhu Sheikh Mujib Med Univ J. 1016;9:177
  • Serum Leptin and Lipid Profile in Lichen Planus: A Case Control Study. Sarkar M et al. International Journal of Health Sciences & Research October 2015;5(10):129
  • Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients with Lichen Planus. Arias-Santiago S et al. The American Journal of Medicine. June 2011;124(6):543-548
  • Lipid levels in patients with lichen planus: a case-control study. Arias-Santiago S et al. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2011 Dec;25(12):1398-401.
  • Insulin Resistance is Increased in Patients with Vitiligo. Karadag AS et al. Acta Derm Venereol 2011; 91: 541–544
  • Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome in Patients with Vitiligo. Ataş H et al. Balkan Med J 2017;34:219-25 Original Article 219
  • Metabolic syndrome in Egyptian patients with vitiligo: a case–control study. Manara S et al. Journal of the Egyptian Women’s Dermatologic Society: May 2017;14(2):100–105
  • The relationship between rosacea and insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Akin BA. Eur J Dermatol. 2016 Jun 1;26(3):260-4. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2016.2748.
  • Metabolic Syndrome and Skin: Psoriasis and Beyond. Padhi T et al. Indian Journal of Dermatology 2013; 58(4) 299
  • Psoriasis and cardiovascular risk: Immune-mediated crosstalk between metabolic, vascular and autoimmune inflammation. Frers RAK et al. IJC Metabolic & Endocrine. March 2015;6:43-54 [Full Text]
  • Dietary implications for the development of acne: a shifting paradigm.  Cordain L.  In: U.S. Dermatology Review II 2006, (Ed.,Bedlow, J). Touch Briefings Publications, London, 2006.  [See]
  • Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization. Cordain L. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138:1584-1590. [See]
  • Evidence to link psoriasis with metabolic syndrome: Several reports in the recent years have suggested associations between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome sidorders. Results of a new study at Reykjavik’s Landspitali, the National University hospital of Iceland suggest that patients — especially women — with psoriasis may be at increased risk for metabolic syndrome. The study involving more than 6,500 people found the prevalence of metabolic syndrome to be higher among patients with psoriasis (40 percent) than among those without (23 percent) [See Love TJ et al. Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in Psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. Published online December 20, 2010. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.370. Abstract | Report]
  • Psoriasis and the Metabolic Syndrome. Cohen AD. Acta Derm Venereol 2007;87:506–509. Full Text
  • Psoriasis and the Metabolic Syndrome. Gottlieb AB et al. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. June, 2008. Full Text
  • Increased prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis Sommer DM et al. Arch Derm Res. 2006;298(7):321-328. Abstract
  • A study reported at the Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting suggested that severe psoriasis doubled the likelihood of metabolic syndrome as compared with no history of psoriasis and the the prevalence of each component of metabolic syndrome increased with psoriasis severity, including obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, and elevated glucose [Report]