SUMMARY OF SKIN CONDITIONS AND FOOD TRIGGERS

*Children are at higher risk for nutritional deficiencies. Always speak to your pediatrician before eliminating foods

ACNE

Potential Food Triggers

Sugar and refined carbohydrates

Role of dairy and whey protein varies

Recommended Tests

12-week diet change 

AGING SKIN

Potential Food Triggers

Sugar, refined carbohydrates

Fried foods

Meats grilled at high temperatures

Trans fats 

ECZEMA AND ATOPIC DERMATITIS

- Type 1 Hypersensitivity Reactions

 

Potential Food Triggers

Eggs, milk, wheat, soy, seafood, and nuts

Recommended Tests

Skin prick tests or blood tests

Confirm with a physician-supervised food challenge

 

- Delayed eczematous reactions

 

Potential Food Triggers

Eggs, milk, wheat, soy, seafood, and nuts

 

Recommended Tests

Food diary

Confirm with a physician-supervised food challenge

 

- Systemic contact dermatitis

 

Potential Food Triggers

Foods related to balsam of Peru, foods high in nickel, processed foods containing propylene glycol

 

Recommended tests

Food diary

Confirm with patch testing 

ROSACEA

Potential Food Triggers

Alcohol

Heat-related: coffee, tea

Capsaicin-related: peppers, spicy foods

Cinnamaldehyderelated: tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, cinnamon

 

Recommended Tests

Food diary

6-week avoidance diet 

PSORIASIS

Potential Food Triggers

Pro-inflammatory foods (sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy fats) may increase the risk of associated systemic diseases

Gluten may act as a food trigger in a small percentage of psoriasis patients

Recommended Tests

Blood tests for gluten antibodies

Evaluation by GI doctor, esp for those with GI symptoms

*As in other areas, everyone is different, and the research in these areas is evolving. Your dermatologic and medical history will always impact dietary recommendations

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