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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-5

Acne: Diet and acnegenesis


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery (Dermatology), Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

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F William Danby
721 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH, 03104-3002
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.79851

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Acne is a manifestation of hormonal overstimulation of the pilosebaceous units of genetically susceptible individuals. Endogenous reproductive and growth hormones, exogenous reproductive hormones, insulin and endogenous insulin-like growth hormone-1, sourced from and stimulated by dairy and high glycemic load foods, all appear to contribute to this overstimulation. A postulated molecular mechanism linking food and acne is reported and integrated into the clinical picture.


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