How Milk Affects Acne and Breakouts


More and more doctors, nutritionists and scientists are convinced that cow’s milk plays a huge part in triggering acne. This seems to be borne out by a study published in 2005 where researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who drank three or more cups of milk a day were 22% more likely to experience severe acne compared with those who drank less. In fact, skimmed milk was more likely to cause acne than full-fat milk.

Let’s look at why drinking milk can cause acne? There has been suggestion that drinking milk an eating dairy products originating from pregnant cows exposes us to an unnatural level of hormones. These hormones contain estrogens, progesterones and androgens which are metabolized by our bodies, eventually causing overproduction of oil in the sebaceous glands – one of the causes of acne. Futhermore, pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers and hormones are added to milk.

At least 85% of teenagers suffer with acne and what do most teenagers love to eat – cheese pizzas and milk chocolate. Even though it’s difficult for teenagers to give up dairy products, it may be worth eliminating them for a while to see whether this clears up their acne.

Of course, milk is rich in calcium, so it is important to make sure that dairy is substituted by other calcium rich foods.Some suggestive alternatives are given here:Use soy milk fortified with calcium. I would recommend that you buy organic soy milk.

If you think that it’s impossible to give up cheese then don’t despair, there are some great non-dairy alternatives made from soy. Try sprinkling it on your home-made pizzas – you won’t know the difference!Do you love desserts? Give soy yogurt and desserts a try.

If you crave chocolate then try dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants which make it healthier for you than dairy chocolate. Don’t get too excited though, dark chocolate contains a lot of fat and calories, so limit your consumption.

Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, collard greens and turnip greens since they are rich in calcium. Also, foods such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, sesame seeds, almonds, tofu, salmon and sardines are all rich in calcium.If you thank that milk and dairy products are the culprit, then eliminate them from your diet for a fews weeks to see if it makes any differences. Make sure you replace dairy with other calcium rich foods.

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