ECO24: Pilot Study Finds Very Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diet Improved Acne and Quality of Life Interview with:

Dr. Ludovica Verde, PhD
Student at the Department of Public Health
University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Prof. Luigi Barrea
Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Department of Wellbeing, Nutrition and Sport
Università Telematica Pegaso, Naples, Italy. What is the background for this study?

Response: The study focuses on acne, a chronic inflammatory skin condition often associated with obesity due to shared mechanisms of inflammation and oxidative stress. While the impact of diet on acne is inconclusive, the very low-calorie ketogenic diet (VLCKD), known for its anti-inflammatory properties and weight loss effects, holds promise. However, its effects on acne remain underexplored.

Fight Acne: The Influence of Social Media Interview with:
Zachary Zinn, MD
Assistant Professor
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine Children’s
Residency Program DirectorDepartment of Dermatology
Health Sciences Center
Morgantown, WV 
 Dr. Zinn is a member of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology  What is the background for this study?

Response: We noticed that many patients used acne products based on social media recommendations, oftentimes without therapeutic success.  Our goal was to better understand the influence of social media on acne treatment.   This was a survey-based study given to patients presenting to an academic dermatology practice.

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Acne and Chocolate Revisited

A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revisits the concerns held by patients and parents that chocolate aggravates acne.  Dermatologists have downplayed this connection for years, but a small study of 54 college students suggests there way be some linkage between chocolate ingestion and acne.

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