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Is Dairy linked to acne?

kjesprskjesprs Posts: 5Member, Premium Member Posts: 5Member, Premium Member
Growing up i believed acne was caused my dairy products but I just watch Jeff Nippard's video say that studies are inconclusive and not enough data support the fact that acne is caused by dairy products. Women mostly! But men can chime in too, what do you think? I recently just switched to a lower hormone count contraceptive but i still implement dairy products like cheese and my whey protein. I cant seem to find out why my skin broke out all of a sudden :(
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  • lg013lg013 Posts: 215Member Member Posts: 215Member Member
    Are you exercising more?

    There are hormonal changes that can occur when you start to lose weight. Weigh loss or diet changes can cause your hormones to fluctuate.
  • feisty_bucketfeisty_bucket Posts: 1,000Member Member Posts: 1,000Member Member
    I've just been looking up this stuff for my gf.

    Short answer: nobody really knows; acne is a mystery.

    Most likely: Skim milk probably has something to do with it. Full fat milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. = probably not. Maybe the fat moderates something somehow. Good luck ;)

    edited July 29
  • VioletRojoVioletRojo Posts: 561Member, Premium Member Posts: 561Member, Premium Member
    From this meta-analysis, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6115795/,
    Intake of any dairy, any milk, full-fat dairy, whole milk, low-fat/skim milk, and yogurt regardless of amount or frequency were associated with a higher odds ratio for acne compared to no intake in individuals aged 7–30 years.

    I've seen studies that say that it's specifically non-fat milk that is responsible and I've seen studies that say that there is not enough evidence to say one way or another.
  • puffbratpuffbrat Posts: 2,349Member Member Posts: 2,349Member Member
    kjesprs wrote: »
    Growing up i believed acne was caused my dairy products but I just watch Jeff Nippard's video say that studies are inconclusive and not enough data support the fact that acne is caused by dairy products. Women mostly! But men can chime in too, what do you think? I recently just switched to a lower hormone count contraceptive but i still implement dairy products like cheese and my whey protein. I cant seem to find out why my skin broke out all of a sudden :(

    Did the breakout happen shortly after you switched contraceptive?
  • Lynnew83Lynnew83 Posts: 32Member Member Posts: 32Member Member
    I'm vegan and developed acne 6 months ago.
  • justanotherjennjustanotherjenn Posts: 64Member Member Posts: 64Member Member
    Well you just switched contraceptives, so that's probably causing a hormone fluctuation. Is the dairy new to your diet? If you have always had dairy, I don't know why it would be that.
  • mitch16mitch16 Posts: 2,109Member Member Posts: 2,109Member Member
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 36,790Member Member Posts: 36,790Member Member
    kjesprs wrote: »
    Growing up i believed acne was caused my dairy products but I just watch Jeff Nippard's video say that studies are inconclusive and not enough data support the fact that acne is caused by dairy products. Women mostly! But men can chime in too, what do you think? I recently just switched to a lower hormone count contraceptive but i still implement dairy products like cheese and my whey protein. I cant seem to find out why my skin broke out all of a sudden :(

    I think it's far more likely that it is a result of changing contraceptives...if you've been eating dairy without issue, why would it suddenly be one?
  • bsteves06bsteves06 Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    I absolutely think it does for me. If I eat yogurt or ice cream I get a huge pimple on my chin the next day. I did food intolerance testing and dairy, whey, casein were my top 3.
  • JohnnytotheBJohnnytotheB Posts: 360Member Member Posts: 360Member Member
    I heard eating lots of candy/sweets can make you break out.
  • littlegreenparrot1littlegreenparrot1 Posts: 184Member Member Posts: 184Member Member
    For me it definitely does. I have it up to see what would happen, within a fortnight people were asking me what I was doing.
    Skin had always been awful before that.

    I was already on full fat, organic, etc so that made no difference to me.

    Why not try going without for 3 weeks to see?
  • pzarnoskypzarnosky Posts: 256Member Member Posts: 256Member Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    kjesprs wrote: »
    Growing up i believed acne was caused my dairy products but I just watch Jeff Nippard's video say that studies are inconclusive and not enough data support the fact that acne is caused by dairy products. Women mostly! But men can chime in too, what do you think? I recently just switched to a lower hormone count contraceptive but i still implement dairy products like cheese and my whey protein. I cant seem to find out why my skin broke out all of a sudden :(

    I think it's far more likely that it is a result of changing contraceptives...if you've been eating dairy without issue, why would it suddenly be one?

    Allergies and sensitivities can change over time.
  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Posts: 981Member Member Posts: 981Member Member
    I often wonder if it's not the Phthalates. They are in any dairy -- even dairy alternatives if the plastic tubes aren't recent, but more prevalent in real dairy. There was a serious movement away from use of plastic tubing with Phthalates and to make most of it free of the chemical. Still yet, many dairy producers still have it.

    It messes with your hormones is the short answer. It's a "xenoestrogen". I think that's why there's a lot of acne bloggers that have had tremendous success with DIM, which blocks xenoestrogens. DIM is ridiculously cheap as a supplement and very harmless. Might be worth looking into.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phthalate
    edited August 16
  • xcazaxxcazax Posts: 32Member Member Posts: 32Member Member
    I havent read studies but do know that my sisters skin improved a lot when she cut out dairy. Do worry about her bone health though
  • SnifterPugSnifterPug Posts: 141Member Member Posts: 141Member Member
    Dairy has never caused my skin to break out. I hardly ever eat chocolate these days, and if I do I may get a spot. Mostly for me it is hormonal. I am in perimenopause and I am getting some cracking huge spots on my chin now and then. Oh joy. I strongly suspect the changed contraceptive is what has triggered your latest break out.
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Posts: 3,554Member Member Posts: 3,554Member Member
    I am dairy free and still break out. No correlation for me.
  • Annabobanna1985Annabobanna1985 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    Perhaps Dairy just doesn't agree with you. The skin is the communicator for the body to show that something's wrong.
  • Nanalove2018Nanalove2018 Posts: 268Member, Premium Member Posts: 268Member, Premium Member
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    I am dairy free and still break out. No correlation for me.
    Oh my gosh , yep

  • GiddyupTimGiddyupTim Posts: 2,769Member Member Posts: 2,769Member Member
    Dermatologists claim that both the alleged dairy connection and the chocolate connection are myths.
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