Effect of milk and dairy products consumption on acne risk and severity in young adult patients with acne vulgaris at King Fahd Hospital of the University in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia.

Introduction: Acne vulgaris is a common cutaneous disorder. Many studies were done exploring the relationship between acne and diet with controversial results. Objective: To assess the relation between dairy products consumption and acne risk and severity in young adult patients with acne vulgaris. Method: This is a case control study using interview questionnaire conducted at the dermatology clinics at King Fahd Hospital of the University in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia for a period 6 months. Participants were interviewed with questionnaires related to specific dairy food consumption. Acne severity was assessed by a dermatologist on duty using the Global acne grading system. Results: A total of 100 participants. Their ages varied 13-25 years. There was no statistically significant difference (P<0.05) found between the severity of acne with all the dietary factors except for consumption of milk (P=0.033).