Many dermatologists still say that there's no known link between food and acne, but usually add that if a patient notices a trigger, food or otherwise, they should avoid it. This is slowly changing: According to dermatologist Wendy Roberts, "the younger generation [of dermatologists] says, 'sure, we see people who have a dietary response But we can't say what's causing it.'"
So did fried chicken trigger the boy's breakout? Not directly—unless he smeared it on his face. But new studies present intriguing hints that his food may have played an indirect role.