Does Milk Cause Acne?

We received a question from a reader asking if there was research that showed if drinking milk could contribute to acne.

According to an American Academy of Dermatology analysis of the issue, “… dairy does appear to be weakly associated with acne.”

Whitney P. Bowe, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at State University of New York says, “While more clinical research is needed to determine dairy’s impact on acne severity, I advise patients to talk with their dermatologist if they believe certain dairy products aggravate their acne. Given the benefits of calcium and vitamin D – especially in a growing adolescent population – patients who choose to limit or avoid dairy products should supplement their diet with appropriate levels of calcium and vitamin D.”

Some people may experience a connection between consuming dairy products and acne. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist to determine what’s best for you.

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