MILK CAUSES ACNE!
It makes for a great blog headline. But is it true?
Moms have been saying for ages that eating too much pizza, French fries, and chocolate is what causes acne. Until recently, we didn’t have any research to support or refute Mom’s theory. Now there are studies linking high glycemic diets (that is, diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates) with acne; so it looks like Mom might have been right.
But the strongest relationship between diet and acne is actually with milk.
There are current studies showing that there is an association between drinking milk and having acne. In the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers found that drinking skim milk was associated with increased severity of acne in teenage boys.
Blockage of pores caused by hormone induced changes in your skin is a known cause of acne. Milk might contribute to acne, therefore, because milk contains hormones (androgens) that can act on your skin just like your natural hormones.
Does that mean you should stop drinking milk?
No. These findings, although interesting, do not prove that milk causes acne — many people who don’t drink any milk still get acne. But if you have acne and have difficulty controlling it with washes or other acne therapies, then you might consider cutting back on milk to see if that helps.
Remember, though, that milk is a good source of vitamin D and calcium which are critical for bone development in your early teenage years.
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Photo: William Morgan Hsu