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Does cutting out dairy really help control acne and gives a clear skin

Does cutting out dairy really help control acne? With the rising popularity of plant-based milks and beauty bloggers insinuating that dairy-based foods and beverages like, “gooey pasta” and “frothy cappuccinos” will worsen conditions such as acne, you might think you need to ditch dairy for the sake of clearer skin.

But while some evidence suggests that cutting back on certain dairy products may help clear up your acne, it may not be for the reasons you think.

Nutrition research is inherently difficult to conduct, and few studies have examined the relationship between dairy and acne in general, so results are often conflicting, said Dr Andrea Zaenglein, a pediatric dermatologist at the Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center. Experts can only hypothesise as to what the underlying connections may be, and so far the results of studies have been limited and mixed.

In one study of 225 teenagers published in 2016, for example, Dr Zaenglein and her co-authors found that those who drank low-fat or skim milk were more likely to have acne than those who drank whole milk. In another study published in 2016 and performed on more than 1,000 adults, researchers concluded that whole milk (in addition to reduced-fat milk) was linked to the appearance of pimples.

When it comes to yogurt and cheese, there is no evidence that they can lead to more breakouts, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Some dermatologists suggest that the amount of milk (rather than the type of milk) you consume may be most important in acne flare-ups. Others have hypothesized that the artificial and natural hormones present in milk could influence breakouts. And limited research has suggested that the way protein is found in milk might be linked to pimples in some people, based on case studies of athletes whose acne improved after cutting out whey supplements.

Still, the most popular theory of all when it comes to the relationship between food and acne has to do with a food’s glycemic index. Food that is rich in sugars and simple carbohydrates tends to rank higher on the glycemic index and is quickly digested by your body, causing blood glucose levels to spike.

Regularly eating high GI foods like pizza, cookies and sweetened yogurts can force your body to increase its production of insulin and lead to a host of issues over time, including inflammation and acne. While many dairy products are low GI foods, consuming too much of them may also trigger the same pathway of inflammation in the body, exacerbating acne.

Focusing on eating low glycemic foods, like many vegetables and fruits, beans, and whole grains, not only helps stabilize insulin levels, but also leads to a reduction in acne.


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