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Dairy Makes Acne Worse For Some People

Does Dairy Make You Break Out?


Acne is caused by hormonal fluctuations, stress, and genetics, but there's also been a longstanding association between dairy consumption and acne. Recent studies suggest that instead of causing acne, dairy consumption may exacerbate acne issues. For some people, dairy increases hormonal fluctuation, which in turn increases inflammation, which then leads to more severe acne.

Basically, dairy doesn't cause acne, but it can make whatever skin issues you may have worse. It's not true for everyone, though. Only about eight percent of the women in one study developed severe acne related to their milk intake. My skin actually has been much better since I stopped eating dairy, but what about you? Are you with me in the camp that has inflammation issues when it comes to milk, yogurt, and cheese?

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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Soft cheese = breakout city. It's sad. I am off to the dermatologist in 23 minutes, holding high hopes that he can help.
maverickgd maverickgd 5 years
Considering I've all but eliminated dairy from my diet (lactose intolerance) and I'm still getting breakouts, I'd say dairy's not my problem...
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I have no clue. But I have been eating cheese (Babybel) sporadically but I am not 100% sure it is causing my acne. I do know that certain sunscreens break me out, even when using a cleansing oil to remove it. Plus I suspect a new foundation is breaking me out, which breaks my heart because the color matches me perfectly.
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