Does Milk Cause Acne?
If you have experienced acne at one time or another, you know that it affects more than just your skin.
It is something that no one wants to deal with and can contribute to low self-esteem. Approximately 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least a minor occurrence of acne. And it doesn’t always go away as an adult! It really doesn’t feel fair that you can have both emerging age lines and pimples!
While some studies may have presented a link between dairy and increased risk of acne, many of them have not been evaluated through more rigorous clinical trials to determine cause and effect. In short, the research to date is insufficient to claim diet or any particular food causes acne.
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. Removing dairy foods, or any food group for that matter, from your diet can have a negative impact on nutrient consumption.
One 8-ounce cup of milk provides a unique package of thirteen essential nutrients including calcium, Vitamin D and potassium*; nutrients that most Americans do not get enough of in their diets. In particular, calcium is an important nutrient to support the rapid bone growth and development in teenagers.
Rather than removing specific foods to promote healthy skin, focus on general wellness by eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated and getting adequate sleep.
If you are concerned about acne, please consult a dermatologist for appropriate treatment, but remember you can still enjoy dairy. After all, life is stressful enough – there’s no need to give up your favorite latte!
*Based on the 2019 DRI for potassium developed by NASEM.