Research Indicates Dairy Bad For Acne
Here is an article by Dr. Jessica Wu that I agree with 100%. I have found in my practice when my clients change their diets, and avoid dairy their skin clears up dramatically. I also suggest cutting back on salt. That includes soft drinks, chips and soy sauce. These foods and drinks also seem to create more breakouts. So look for low salt alternatives to the foods you like if you are dealing with an acne problem.
Feed Your Face: The Dangers of Dairy If You Have Acne
by Dr. Jessica Wu
If you suffer from pimples — whether you have teenage acne or adult hormonal breakouts — I suggest you avoid dairy products. The reason? Dairy stimulates the body to produce a variety of hormones, including insulin and insulin-like growth factor, that can aggravate acne. While the research on this has been around since the 1990s, doctors for the most part are just now paying attention to it. I hope that dermatologists will eventually put this knowledge into practice to help people cut back on antibiotics and other pills. In fact, many of my patients, including those with cystic acne, have even been able to avoid taking isotretinoin (previously available as Accutane) by cutting out dairy.
In the meantime, here’s what to avoid if you’re prone to breakouts:
- Whole milk and full-fat dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and ice cream. The worst offenders: sweetened lattes, cappuccinos, and other coffee drinks, since they contain dairy and sugar, both of which aggravate acne. Instead, try unsweetened soy milk or almond milk in your coffee or cereal. If you can’t make that kind of commitment, then at least try nonfat organic milk, which contains fewer cow hormones. (Hormones are concentrated in milk fat.)
- Instant breakfast drinks, energy bars, protein drinks, hot-chocolate mix, and even luncheon meats — these often contain “hidden” dairy in the form of whey and casein, which are cow proteins.
- Creamy desserts and sauces, spreads, butters, and condiments like mayo, ranch dressing, and dips.
- Whey protein, found in many protein powders. A report last year linked whey to moderate to severe acne flare-ups.
If you’re avoiding dairy, make sure you get your calcium and vitamin D from other sources.