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Do Diary Products cause Acne?

FACT OR FICTION
The principal cause of teenage acne is the hormonal upheavals that occur during adolescence, which can lead to an over activity of oil glands in the dermal layer of the skin. The tendency to develop acne has a strong genetic component; parents who had or have acne tend to have children who develop the condition. Contrary to popular belief, foods such as chocolate and soda, or even popular teen foods such as pizza and French fries, haven’t been linked to acne. However, at least one study suggests that dairy products, particularly skim milk, may play a role in acne outbreaks.

The study, reported in the February 2005 Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, analyzed responses from more than 47,000 women participating in the national Nurses Health Study II. Researchers from Harvard asked the women about their consumption of dairy food when they were teens, particularly about the type of milk they drank, and whether they had experienced severe teenage acne. The women who drank more than three servings of any type of milk per day were 22 percent more likely to report having had severe acne than those who drank only one (or less) servings per week. Those who consumed two or more glasses of skim milk daily were 44 percent more likely to say that they had been diagnosed with severe acne as teenagers.

Other dairy foods that were associated with acne in this study include instant breakfast drinks, sherbet, cream cheese and cottage cheese. However, the researchers did not find as strong a link between whole or low-fat milk and acne.

 

IMPROVING SELF ESTEEM THROUGH TREATMENT

Yes you can! If acne is significantly affecting your life, get help right away. Treatment itself can assist in bringing about a more positive attitude, even if you’ve struggled with acne for years. Many people experience a significant improvement of self-esteem and quality of life with the successful treatment of acne and prevention of acne scarring.

Taking steps to nurture yourself, while treating your skin, can help bolster your self-image and boost your self-esteem.

With today’s advancement and new skin treatment technology, we no longer need to suffer from acne and scarring.  Everyone can have great skin through proper treatment and management. You just need to know where to start.

At Face of Man, as we always say “Treating a pimple… is that simple”