Taking action against dietary triggers

Growing numbers of patients and clinicians have implicated dietary triggers in flares and exacerbations of acne, psoriasis, and other common dermatologic conditions. An increasing body of evidence supports the involvement of dietary and environmental triggers in a number of inflammatory conditions with dermatologic manifestations. In Friday’s session, “Dietary Triggers and Modifications of Common Dermatologic Conditions -An Evidence Based Approach,” Vivian Shi, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Arizona, said the evidence supports dietary interventions to improve the effects of more conventional treatments.

The evidence for dietary triggers of inflammatory conditions first emerged in integrative medicine associated with rheumatology and primary care. Dermatology has been slower to conduct the studies needed to confirm the involvement of dietary triggers and modifications. The gut-skin axis appears to affect a number of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, acne, rosacea, hidradenitis, skin aging, and immune conditions. 

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