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Does Milk Cause Acne?

Teenagers are encouraged to drink milk to grow strong bones, but can milk cause adverse effects on the body? Many Dermatologists to some degree believe milk and other dairy products could possibly be linked to acne.

The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology reported skim milk and acne have a connection. They tested 47,335 women in a health study to see if acne and milk were related. They asked these women about what milk they drank as well as if they had severe acne as a teenager or not.

The results from the research showed women who drank two or more servings of skim milk each day were 44% more likely to suffer from cystic and nodule acne. Women who drank over two glasses of skim milk each day were 22% more likely to have suffered from severe acne than those who drank one glass serving a day. From this data, the researchers were able to make a positive connection between acne and milk. The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology reported that the root cause of acne from milk were hormones and "bioactive molecules."

Other dairy foods have been tested along with this study, but it turned out the different dairy products such as cheese didn't have as much as a correlation with acne as skim milk did. Whole and low-fat milk didn't show definite results either.

Iodine in milk may also be a culprit in causing acne. Since there is a significant level of iodine in milk - farmers give their cows "iodine-fortified feed" in order to prevent infection - which results in more iodine inside of dairy products. Iodine could be a factor that contributes to acne, but hormones and bioactive molecules could also be involved along with iodine in causing acne.

Although further research is needed on this topic, it can be concluded that to prevent acne one should stay away from skim milk. Other dairy products should be taken in moderation to prevent excessive acne.

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