Want To Get Rid Of Acne? Stop Drinking Milk And Eating Sugar

Think you know what’s causing your acne? I’m going to say you might be a little bit off. If you thought the causes of acne were all about touching your face and not washing your face and stress, you’re right. But you’re missing something. New (well, old, but kind of new) research has led doctors to believe that drinking milk and eating foods that are high in sugar are also causing your breakouts.

Just a question: why does acne have to be so freakin’ complicated? I mean, can’t there just be one or two concrete causes and a few foolproof ways to get rid of pimples? Didn’t you think science would have solved this pesky little issue by now? It’s 2013! Come on, guys.

In all seriousness, doctors have determined that your diet does, in fact, affect your acne. In case you didn’t realize, this has been an ongoing debate. Growing up, I constantly heard that eating too much chocolate caused breakouts. It freaked me out and made me sad, because frankly, I never was and never will be willing to give up chocolate to live a zit-free life. Then a few years later, doctors were like, “JK, chocolate and food in general don’t affect acne” and I was really relieved. But now it looks like they were wrong. Sigh.

Here’s the deal: an overview of research that has been going on for over 50 years reveals that milk and foods with a lot of sugar can aggravate and maybe even trigger acne.

How does this happen? Foods with a high glycaemic index (AKA foods with a lot of sugar) causes hormone fluctuations that can cause acne. Milk also has some hormones in it that can trigger breakouts. Even more interesting? People who drink skim milk have the worst breakouts. I love sugar and I put skim milk in my coffee every day. I’m officially screwed.

So what can you do with this info if you’re prone to acne and you want your zits to disappear? Well, I’d say that cutting milk and sugar out your diet completely is a little bit extreme and also it’s probably not going to happen because sugar is in basically everything. Also, keep in mind that acne is caused by many different things and so everyone needs to figure out what’s triggering theirs on their own. If you want, do a little experiment: cut down on the amount of milk and sugar you consume, and see if you notice a difference. Or, better yet, talk to a dermatologist about it. There are lots of ways to get rid of acne that don’t involve ditching your favorite foods, so see if you can get a prescription or even something over the counter that works for you.

Do you suffer from acne? Do you get a lot of breakouts? Are you going to try cutting down on milk and sugar? How do you get rid of acne? Tell me in the comments.


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  • Hailey

    I wonder if the milk hormones would be the same with Almond milk and Soy milk… both are delicious alternatives to regular cow’s milk (and cruelty free!).

  • Alesia.c

    I <3 milk! I This makes me sad 🙁

  • LittleRedWolfGirl

    Even if this is true, don’t stop drinking milk, especially if you’re still growing! A little acne is worth the amazing health benefits you get from WHOLE milk. It was basically the only thing I drank for like… the first 12 years of my life. I didn’t like soda until I was in middle school, and I only occasionally drank juice or water (I actually didn’t like water when I was really little, for some reason. Don’t ask, I was a weird kid). But as a result, my bones and teeth are super strong and healthy. I’ve only ever broken one bone in my whole life, and it was just my little pinky toe. I’ve never had a cavity, either.

  • Penny

    This makes me so sad!! i drink so much milk because i hoped it will make me taller 🙁

  • Kayla Torrison

    I’m from Wisconsin, so cutting out dairy completely is almost impossible for me ( I LOVE CHEESE), but I cut out drinking milk and eating yogurt and saw not only a DRASTIC improvement in my acne but I even saw a little weight loss.

  • Marylinn

    My mom recently switched to Silk’s almond milk and I’ve seen a slight change. Also I still get the calcium I need without the uneccesary hormones!

  • Devi

    My acne is caused more by stress than anything else. no matter what I eat I break out around a big test, then end of grading periods, or when I’ve been fighting with my grandma.