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Ehsani A H, Mortazavi H, Noormohammadpour P, Azizpour A, Rostami S, Nasimi M. Impact of Ramadan fasting on acne improvement. jdc. 2016; 7 (2) :81-86
URL: http://jdc.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5190-en.html

1- Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Autoimmune Bollous Diseases Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , nsm.maryam@gmail.com
Abstract:   (3076 Views)

Background and Aim: Acne vulgaris is a common skin disorder. This study was conducted to evaluate the impact of Ramadan fasting on acne healing in patients admitted to the dermatology clinic, Razi Hospital, Tehran.

Methods: In this prospective cohort study, 10 fasting persons (9 women and 1 man) and 10 non-fasting persons (9 women and 1 man) with acne were studied. Their baseline acne severities were recorded and acne improvement was evaluated in both groups after Ramadan month.

Results: Acne improvement was 71% in fasting persons and 49% in non-fasting persons. Improvement in fasting persons i.e. was 1.4 times of non-fasting ones (P=0.158). However, no significant statistical difference was detected. Also, it was determined that improvement was different according to acne grading. Improvement in acne lesions in patients with grade 2 severity was 100%, in those with grade 3 acne was 78%, and in patients with grade 4 acne was 35 % (P=0.025). But in non-fasting patients there was not a statistical difference between acne severity and improvement rate. Furthermore in patients younger than 24, improvement rate of acne was 1.6 fold more than non-fasting persons and in patients older than 24, this ratio was 1.3 (P=0.011).

Conclusion: This study did not show any statistically significant difference in acne improvement between who were fasting and who were not during Ramadan. Studies with larger sample size are recommended.

Keywords: fasting, acne, diet
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/09/18 | Accepted: 2016/09/18 | Published: 2016/09/18

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