Milk and Acne – Are They Related?
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Tips Date Posted: November 4th, 2011 Comments: 6

Recently, researchers have discovered a close link between drinking milk and acne. The allergenic proteins in milk can trigger acne breakouts. The latest studies were published by American Journal of Dermatology and Natural News. The study proves that milk can cause acne to teenagers and adults, men and women.

There are also various reports that adults who stopped consuming milk or dairy products experienced less acne breakouts. Since consumption of milk and dairy products has increased over the recent decades, the number of people suffering with acne has also increased.

How is milk responsible for acne breakouts?

Milk is packed with anabolic hormones which generally help with skin tissue growth. An average glass of unpasteurized milk contains more than 60 hormones. It is the reaction of the hormones with the sebaceous glands which increases sebum (oil) production leading to an increase of clogged pores with excess oil and acne-causing bacteria. Pimples thus form.

Another reason milk may responsible for acne is due to an increase in insulin. The higher the insulin levels usually means a higher chance of acne. The increase in insulin levels stimulates and increases the production of sebum. Higher levels of insulin also correlates with an increase in several sex hormones. Drinking milk significantly increases insulin levels, which leads to increase in hormones and breakouts.

Now you know that milk has a direct link in causing acne. Therefore, simply reduce your consumption of milk and dairy products to prevent high insulin levels, increased sebum secretion, and blockages of pores.


Let the discussion begin!

  • Ramjan - November 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I have been suffering from acne since
    teenage. I have studied a lot on acne and their causes. But I never knew that
    milk and insulin have a connection with acne. I found this article quite
    informative. I will definitely try to reduce consumption of milk and other
    dairy products.

  • Pearl - November 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I suffer from heavy outbreak of acne. I
    take medicines as prescribed by my doctor. But he never told me to change my
    diet. This article is intriguing enough. Next time when I visit my doctor I
    will ask him about this link between milk and acne and change my diet suitably.

  • shaitan - June 26, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

    I had bad acne breakout for almost two months. Habitual of drinking one cup of milk daily in the morning… For some reason I stopped my milk intake to experiment if that could the reason… N saw a change. Trust me its been fifteen days of no-milk diet and the breakouts are long gone!!! I’m also taking some medicines for acne but trust me, milk cut out has WORKED !!!

  • fatima - June 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    i know since 5th grade that milk and other dairy products causes more acne breakouts, since then i don’t drink milk but still i have pimples. :/

  • Gloria Oviedo - July 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    It’s true! I still have pimples but my skin has got way better since I cut out milk from my diet, I only drink if it on a natural berries shake for example. For the comment above, to the girl named Pearl, when my dermatologist gave me medicine to deal with acne she recommend it not to take milk with it, or wait at least 30 minutes to drink milk after I have taken the medicine 😉

  • Marciel - September 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    15 days isn’t enough to get some improvement. Remember, Acne has many causes, in my case for example is caused by a hormonal disorder (ovary polycystic syndrome), even though I continue with my diet and exercises, in order to maintain as healthy as posible. Nowdays there are lots of food with too many fats, salt and sodium and those things may weaken health.

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