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Is Dairy linked to acne?

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  • psuLemonpsuLemon Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 37,455 MFP Moderator Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 37,455 MFP Moderator


    Not exactly relevant to acne but overall benefits of dairy
  • LAT1963LAT1963 Member Posts: 1,400 Member Member Posts: 1,400 Member
    It's probably due not to hormone *levels* but the fact they changed because you changed your bcp.

    Some people get acne related to their wheat consumption. It's thought to be sensitivity to a byproduct of bacterial metabolism in people's gut. Easiest approach is to cut out wheat and see if it makes you feel better or not. Some people will try to change their biome using yogurt, probiotics, etc but this probably doesn't work. This is a separate thing from celiac disease which is an autoimmune attack of the gut triggered by eating gliadin, a co-component in wheat gluten (its the gliadin that actually causes the problem).
    edited November 2019
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 7,039 Member Member Posts: 7,039 Member
    There is no one cause or solution.

    Having a lactose intolerance causes stomach and bowel issues, pain, and stress.
    (65% of humans have a lactose intolerance. (It varies from region to region.)
    https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance

    The left and right vagus nerves, main conduits for our parasympathetic nervous system to our body, affect our hormones (e.g. cortisol, adrenaline, dopamine, seratonin) and in turn, our nervous system is affected by our hormones, and connects our brain, the sides of our stomachs, and extremities etc.

    Female or male puberty, and hormone fluctuations in life can cause acne or lack thereof, and hormone fluctuations can cause stress, and stress can cause digestive issues, and food intolerances can affect all of these.

    I find it helpful to look for interacting systems, not use cause-and-effect "final solution" tunnel-vision.
  • sunfastrosesunfastrose Member Posts: 543 Member Member Posts: 543 Member
    Cows don't have them, cats don't get them.... :)

    Cats do get acne. Not saying it is because of dairy, and cats shouldn’t drink milk anyway. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_acne
  • bsteves06bsteves06 Member Posts: 61 Member Member Posts: 61 Member
    yes but I'm talking about myself. I don't speak for the whole population of course. no one does.
  • healthluver_123healthluver_123 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    I just took a microbiology course and it said diet has nothing to do with diet, despite what people think.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member, Premium Posts: 25,750 Member Member, Premium Posts: 25,750 Member
    I just took a microbiology course and it said diet has nothing to do with diet, despite what people think.

    The American Academy of Dermatology disagrees with you -- some studies have shown there is a potential connection between dairy and acne.

    https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/causes/diet
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 7,322 Member Member Posts: 7,322 Member
    Interesting piece:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4884775/

    On the iodine theory (which is not particularly supported), I recall learning in school about iodized salt as a societal way to prevent iodine deficiency/goiter, and was surprised to find when I checked our salt that it was non iodized. My mom said she'd always understood iodized salt to cause acne (my impression was since she was a teen, and I did find a study focusing on that theory from '61, although why my mom would have heard of it, who knows, maybe it was in teen mags of the day). I said I thought we should get iodized, and she bought it, and I actually did break out after (I did not have much acne as a teen) and so I decided her theory was right (although it was likely a coincidence). Most of my adulthood I have used non iodized kosher salt at home (not really because of the breakout thing, but because I only use salt when cooking and prefer kosher because it's coarser), but to the extent I have had (back in my 20s) breakouts related to food it seemed to follow eating greasy fast food, which is usually also salty. The article cited above has an alternative theory for fast food, of course, but I'm not sure I buy it in my personal case in that there are other things I used to eat during the same period that would have caused a blood sugar spike that didn't seem to have an effect.

    I drank milk daily from childhood into my 20s, and for me at least it had no effect, but certainly it might for some. The article I linked indicates that it does in some cases.

    And to be clear, I don't really think there is necessarily a connection between excess iodine and acne, despite my own n=1. Absent real controls, it is really easy to see confirmation of personal beliefs or suspicions from what is basically a coincidence (or to note the confirming instances and disregard or forget about those that do not support the theory).
  • TonyB0588TonyB0588 Member Posts: 9,521 Member Member Posts: 9,521 Member
    This is new!! I always linked acne to the adolescent stage growing up.
  • ExistingFishExistingFish Member Posts: 1,159 Member Member Posts: 1,159 Member
    TonyB0588 wrote: »
    This is new!! I always linked acne to the adolescent stage growing up.

    I'm not an adolescent, and I have acne.

    I consume dairy, but not an abundance of dairy. I don't drink milk, I do eat cheese and yogurt. I have never been able to shake this adult acne, it sucks. I'm currently using Differin on my face, in the hope of for once in my adult life not have acne. It got worse when I first started exercising and losing weight but got better. I was hoping maintaining healthy weight would help my hormones be in balance and make it finally go away, but no.

    I don't think I consume enough dairy to say that dairy causes acne. I am lactose intolerant, but that is in the small intestine, and yogurt and hard cheese don't have lactose.
    edited May 2020
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,803 Member Member Posts: 5,803 Member
    Is dairy linked to acne?

    Sadly we don't know...
  • fernhumefernhume Member, Premium Posts: 2 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2 Member
    I eat plenty of dairy, milk in tea, greek yogurt, full fat milk, cheese. However my breakouts reoccur when I have cream.
  • lyneareiner1lyneareiner1 Member, Premium Posts: 7 Member Member, Premium Posts: 7 Member
    Cows don't have them, cats don't get them.... :)

    I'm sorry but I loved at your comment
  • lyneareiner1lyneareiner1 Member, Premium Posts: 7 Member Member, Premium Posts: 7 Member
  • Hollis100Hollis100 Member Posts: 1,295 Member Member Posts: 1,295 Member
    TonyB0588 wrote: »
    This is new!! I always linked acne to the adolescent stage growing up.

    I'm 66 years old and still get acne (wonderfully lucky, I guess). I started getting it when I was 9 years old.

    I once went through dermatology treatments with the drug accutane. That helped for a while, but the acne just came back.

    For me (and this just means me, not everybody else in the world -- just me) the acne is directly linked to what I eat and drink. Some things, including dairy, make my skin break out. When I stop consuming them, the acne goes away.
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