Functional Foods in Dermatology

Emily Strouphauer, Milbrey Parke, Ariadna Perez-Sanchez, Evelyne Tantry, Rajani Katta

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Functional foods, defined as whole foods that provide health benefits beyond their nutritional value, may provide multiple dermatologic benefits. Research studies have documented multiple benefits, including enhanced skin barrier function, improved wound healing, radiance, photoprotection, and hormonal regulation. Although the majority of research to date has involved small-scale human interventions or animal models, promising findings have been noted. A number of potential molecular mechanisms have been described, such as the ability of some foods to combat oxidative stress and thus reduce visible and histologic skin changes in response to UV radiation. Additional mechanisms have been described for wound healing, photo-carcinogenesis, and other outcomes. In this review, we discuss the potential dermatologic role of functional foods in order to advocate for larger-scale, evidence-based, human studies to expand this promising field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2023256
JournalDermatology Practical and Conceptual
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023


  • dermatology
  • diet
  • functional foods
  • photoprotection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Dermatology


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