Diet and Lifestyle Management for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Diet and Lifestyle Management for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also known as acne inversa, is a skin condition that affects the sweat glands of the body. The condition often causes skin lesions that can look like boils. These inflamed sores can be painful, and people who are obese or have high levels of body fat are more likely to develop the condition. An unhealthy diet and smoking can also make it more likely that a person will develop the condition.

Thankfully, making some lifestyle changes has been shown to be an effective way to mitigate the symptoms of HS.

Diet Changes

Research is ongoing in the area of diet to manage the symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa. There is no one diet that’s recommended to manage symptoms, but lowering body weight is one of the key factors that can alleviate the condition. For people who are overweight, obese, or have high levels of body fat, choosing a healthy, sustainable nutrition plan with a planned caloric deficit can help you manage your symptoms.

Many people find that certain food groups create flare-ups of the condition, including dairy, sugary foods, alcohol, and certain breads. Paying close attention to your triggers can make it easier for you to change your lifestyle so that you can avoid HS symptoms.


Exercise can help keep body weight down, which is helpful for patients with hidradenitis suppurativa to reduce the severity of the disease.

However, sweating and pain are two main issues that limit exercise for some patients with this condition. Excessive heat can lead to increased sweating, which may exacerbate symptoms. Increased sweating can worsen inflammation and contribute to the development of new lesions or the enlargement of existing ones.

To exercise effectively with HS, you may need to acknowledge the unique difficulties that this condition presents for certain activities and make appropriate modifications to accommodate them, such as making adjustments to your workout attire, exploring different physical activities, and implementing strategies to manage sweat.

Explore Potential Treatments for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Skin Care Research is looking for participants in a Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) clinical research in Boca Raton, Hollywood, and Tampa, FL, as well as Dallas, TX. Our partnered clinics’ board-certified dermatologists will offer all study-related HS treatments to qualified participants, following FDA requirements and meeting only the highest clinical standards.

To learn more, contact us today at 561-948-3116.