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Fact or Fiction: Does Milk Make You Breakout?

Apr 11, 2013 - 3 comments

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Eating right and drinking enough water is the path to a youthful glow — but one part of that balanced diet may put a damper your efforts: dairy. There’s evidence suggesting that drinking milk could be a reason for those pesky pimples.  

While the subject is still controversial, many researchers have found a positive correlation between milk intake and the occurrence of acne. In a 2008 study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers examined the diets of over 4,000 teenaged boys and found that those who drank the most milk had the most acne. This study supports previous studies, one of which researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health asked over 6,000 teenage girls to report their dietary intake on questionnaires over a three-year period. This study also showed a positive association between the intake of milk and acne.

Why milk? Milk comes from cows that have just given birth, meaning hormone levels, like estrogen, are very high. Consuming these extra hormones may be the catalyst to extra oil production, acne or breakouts.

But if you think the key to great skin is just to ditch the milk completely — unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Just because there’s a positive correlation between dairy intake and acne, doesn’t mean it directly causes it. Your best bet for great skin is to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s rest every night.

What’s your secret to keeping your skin youthful and blemish-free, MedHelpers? Share your tips in the comments below, and click on the link below for 6 nutrients that will leave your skin looking radiant!

http://www.medhelp.org/healthy-living/slideshows/The-Glowing-Skin-Diet-/274


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by brandysnap, Apr 17, 2013
I never drank milk because I am lactose intolerant yet I have had acne since I was a teen.
Maybe acne is contagious just like obesity is?

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by nunzi64, May 06, 2013
I also have lactose intolerant as of 15yrs ago, but I never had acne growing up, once in-awhile I break out in my older yrs.I think eating healthy a good cleaners, and yes lots of water.  

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by Cheekonut, Jun 24, 2013
I just read the comment on drinking milk and it is true that milk is made by cows for their calf to drink and is full of fat for weight gain for the calf.  Humans can digest milk until they are approx. 3 years old and we cannot get any of the calcium from cows milk for our bones as we were led to believe for years.  "milk does a body good"  I was told that anything advertised on tv is not good for you and is just a way for companies to make money.  I can't believe that we were fooled into thinking milk would give us the calcium we need for our bones when we can't digest it at all!  People are allergic to it "Lactose intolerant".  Cows make so much milk now that they are milked three times (or four?) a day instead of just morning and evening.  A super glue is made out of a part of cows milk.  So, I think it might be responsible for acne and the fat in the milk might make our faces greasy since everything we consume comes out in our skin.  I am an older woman and I have just moved to a house in town and for the first time my face has been really greasy and I have a few pimples when where I lived before I never had either for years.  I was trying to figure out what was causing it and what I was doing different.  Only thing I could come up with is the water I drink is now city water and not well water that I was used to, but that can't be the cause of my greasy skin.  I drink soya milk in cereal, but what could it be?  I am exercising more now in town too. It isn't sugar causing the pimples since I consumed the same at other house.  Maybe it's toxins coming out of the body into the skin.  The only thing  I eat that is different is cereal and before I didn't. It doesn't have sugar and I don't add any, but it is a prepared food so anything could be in it for long shelf life etc..

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