The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Does dairy cause acne?

No research supports a link between the use of dairy and acne. Acne is a complex condition and can be influenced by factors such as genetics, skin type and hormones.

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Acne is a condition that usually presents during puberty. It is generally associated with hormonal changes in the body, which may lead to an overproduction of oily secretions by glands. Acne is a complex condition and can be influenced by factors such as genetics, skin type and hormones. As such, any single food being the ‘cause’ of acne is unlikely.

Although some observational studies may have suggested a link between dairy consumption and an increased risk of acne, there is no clinical research to date showing that dietary intake of dairy causes acne. There is also no sufficient evidence to suggest that dairy intake should be changed for the management of acne. In fact, milk is a source of a number of nutrients that have established roles in normal skin health, such as zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B2 and iodine.

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