Hidradenitis suppurativa also know as acne inversa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. While there are many potential causes for the disease, improper diet and nutrition are among the list of primary causes. Typical HS outbreaks can occur under skin folds as abscesses, lesions or nodules. Obesity leads to more folding areas on the body for HS to spread and further develop. Proper dieting and nutrition is one of the easier controllable methods to controlling HS as certain foods, vitamins, and suppliments have a direct impact on preventing HS growth.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in multiple types of fish including salmon, cod, herring and tuna, as well as through supplement capsules have several studies linking to anti-inflammatory properties. The significant reduction of inflammation has been show to also help with reducing the risk of Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthiritis, and psoriasis along with HS. (1)
Zinc is not only essential to the immune system, but has been linked to efficient;y reducing inflammation in the body as well as promoting collagen growth. (2) Several foods high in zinc are non-processed meats, eggs, whole-grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Zinc has also been shown to slow down the production of androgens and cellular degradation.
Vitamin D has many benefits ranging from supporting the immune system, promoting stronger bones and teeth, as well as cardiovascular health. Lesions that develop from HS have been known to reduced due to increased levels of Vitamin D. Many HS patients are sometimes found to be deficient in Vitamin D levels which would make intake a natural part of daily nutrition.
(1) Simopoulos AP. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002;21(6):495-505. doi:10.1080/07315724.2002.10719248
(2) Haase H, Rink L. The immune system and the impact of zinc during aging. Immun Ageing. 2009;6:9. Published 2009 Jun 12. doi:10.1186/1742-4933-6-9