A list of studies related to acne, skin beauty, and other related issues.

Superoxide Anions mixed with P. acnes triggers skin inflammation. — everyone has p. acnes bacteria, so the real culprit behind acne may be superoxide anions (O2-).

Superoxide Dismutase levels unusually low in 32 out of 34 individuals suffering from acne.

Taking melatonin for 30 days can increase ZnSOD (superoxide dismutase) by 31%.

Acne Rosacea linked to high levels of superoxide anions.

Low vitamin A and E plasma levels have an important role in the pathogenesis of acne.

Fructose malabsorption is associated with decreased plasma tryptophan.

Gluten disorder 4 times as prevalent as it was in the 1950s (based on study of frozen blood samples from then).

Cordain: Acne Vulgaris – A Disease of Western Civilization

The Response of Skin Disease to Stress

Family history linked to acne in teens

Acne patients 2-3 times as likely to be depressed as the general population

Acne linked to suicide thoughts in students

Acne vulgaris significantly affects patients’ quality of life. Regardless of the severity of acne, older adults were more affected by their acne.

Does Diet Really Affect Acne?

Vitamin B / Zinc tablets appear to be an effective oral therapy for the treatment of acne vulgaris and rosacea

2009 acne study. Milk and high glycemic load diets increased acne prevalence and severity.

Acne Research Paper: Skim milk associated with Acne in teenagers

“Positive association between intake of milk and acne” in a study of 6000 teenage girls

Role of insulin, insulin-like growth factor-1, hyperglycaemic food and milk consumption in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris

Accutane might work because it suppresses the retina’s ability to see light at night.

Melatonin cycle and sunlight

Human skin condition and its associations with nutrient concentrations in serum and diet

Clindamycin gel + Benzoyl Peroxide wash appears safe and well-tolerated in participants with mild to moderate acne vulgaris.

In this study of Chinese students, desserts and fruit juices were linked to increased acne, and dairy and soy linked to decreased acne.

A high glycemic load diet, dairy food intake, high fat diet, and iodine in Korean foods appear to play a role in acne exacerbation.

Glycemic index, glycemic load: new evidence for a link with acne.

Classification of benzoyl peroxide as safe and effective

Light and laser therapy for acne: sham or science? facts and controversies.

Vitamin D deficiency causes cancer and increased mortality rates.

Study showing red/blue light therapy helped with acne, followed by one that shows that red/blue light therapy failed to help.

Topical Botanical Helps Acne With Postinflammatory Hypopigmentation

Studies unrelated to acne:

Scottish scientists founds that Americans who ate just 3.1 more servings/day of fruit and vegetables were found more attractive.

Zinc may shorten the length of common colds

Fish oil suspected in low rates of bipolar disorders in Japan.

Acne in the mainstream news:

Bloomberg: Medicis in $160 million boron-related acne treatment deal

New York Times: The Claim: Sugar in the Diet Can Lead to Acne

Washington Post: Acne, Accutane, and Suicide Risk

Teens, Adults Take Dim View of Kids with Acne

Washington Post: Acne deserves serious scrutiny, for it is a frequently trivialized source of human misery

Associated Press: Increased pressure leads to more adult acne

New York Times: Proactiv Tries to Shed the Hard-Sell Approach

Forbes: Guthy Recker collects roughly $800 million in revenue from Proactiv sales in 2010

LA Times: Let others sell acne treatments via star power. founder Dan Kern takes another approach

How acne and depression feed each other

New York Times: For Top Medical Students, Dermatology an Attractive Field

Acne, the cause of her daughter’s angst was surprisingly hard to fight. Not all doctors were helpful

Acne Diets:

Washington Post: Paleolithic diet is so easy, cavemen actually did it