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.
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