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October 27, 1934

ACNEFORM ERUPTIONS OF THE FACEETIOLOGIC IMPORTANCE OF SPECIFIC FOODS

JAMA. 1934;103(17):1277-1279. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750430009003
Abstract

The etiologic importance of various articles in the diet in acne vulgaris has been a matter of dispute for a long time. The appearance of papular and papulopustular eruption on the usual areas of acne due to certain medicaments, especially iodide, is a well accepted clinical observation.

In a recent summary of the treatment of acne vulgaris, Wise and Sulzberger1 state that, while clinical experience tends to show that a diet high in carbohydrates and sweets seems to make some acne cases worse, there is not an iota of scientific evidence that there is any disturbance of carbohydrate metabolism in acne. In many thousands of acne cases that have been examined by careful investigators, the average blood sugar and average sugar tolerance are in most instances normal. The latest substantiation of this opinion is the recent paper of Strickler and Adams.2 They conclude that while a diet rich

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