A study conducted recently shows that the consumption of a common cereal companion was positively associated with acne among youth. Healio (7/5, Demko) reports, "Consumption of low-fat or skim milk, but not full-fat milk, was positively associated with moderate acne among adolescents,". The findings of the 225-participant "case-control" study were published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Why does research suggest milk causes acne?:
-"There is abundance of a hormone called IGF-1 in milk, which is really good for baby cows, but not for you. IGF-1 is a growth hormone. It makes baby cows grow up big and strong, but in humans, it tends to make your acne grow big instead. IGF-1 is one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans, and which eventually lead to acne (the ugly redness and swelling that makes acne so annoying).
-Milk and dairy products cause an insulin spike in humans that cause the liver to produce even more IGF-1, leading to even more acne.
-Dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to-you guessed it!-more clogged pores, more acne, and a breeding ground for P. acnes bacteria, which feed on you sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products.
-Dairy glues together dead skin cells inside your pores, so they can't exit naturally, leading to clogged pores (and thus more acne)."
Clear Dermatology & Aesthetics Center is currently conducting its own acne research study for severe acne! Qualified participants may receive study-related skin examinations by our Board Certified Dermatologist, the study drug, and compensation for time and travel. No insurance is required, and confidentiality is maintained. There are limited spots available, so if you believe you or your child have severe acne give us a call at 480-398-1550. Or if you know of anyone that may qualify, please give him or her our number.
(Source: Mooers, Devin. "Milk and Acne: Does Milk Cause Acne? (Hint: Yes!). Clear Skin Forever. N.p., 21 Jan. 2013. Web. 14 July 2016.)