Does Milk Cause Acne?

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  • 1 min read September 5, 2017

Maybe you have experienced acne at one time or another and know it affects more than your skin.

It is something that no one wants to deal with, potentially causing scars and can contribute to low self-esteem. Approximately 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor occurrence of acne. We sometimes get the question: Can dairy cause acne? Or does drinking milk cause acne?

Dairy & Acne

Myths about acne are common, which is why we wanted to help debunk the myth that milk and acne are related.

While some observational studies may have presented a link between dairy and increased risk of acne; these studies need to be evaluated through clinical trials to determine cause and effect. And, the fact is that the body of research to date does not show cause and effect that diet or any particular food causes acne.

In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, a balanced, nutrient-rich eating plan can help keep skin healthy. And dairy foods, like low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt, are an important part of a healthy eating plan, providing a unique package of 13 essential nutrients. Removing dairy foods, or any food group for that matter, from your eating plan can actually have a negative impact on nutrient consumption.

So rather than focusing on removing specific foods to promote healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy balanced eating plan that contains all food groups, including dairy foods. If you are concerned about acne please consult a dermatologist for appropriate treatment, but remember that you can still enjoy dairy!