Does Dairy Cause Acne?

Why is it that people say dairy causes acne? Well, it all has to do with hormones. Hormones are what ultimately cause acne – no matter what kind of acne you have. There are unique kinds of hormones that trigger different types of acne in each individual person, and everyone’s “hormone threshold” is different. This means that some people will break-out when even low levels of a hormone are released, while other people won’t break out until extremely high levels of that hormone have built up in the body.

So what’s this have to do with dairy?

Dairy products are full of – you guessed it – hormones. I’m not talking about growth hormones that are sometimes injected into the milk-makers themselves (the cows), but the hormones I’m referring to are the ones that are automatically inside the milk produced by any cow, anywhere in the world.

Why are there hormones in milk?

In order for a cow to produce milk, they need to have hormones in their body telling them to produce it. They don’t just produce milk constantly! Therefore, a milk-producing cow always has extra hormones being pumped through its body, and these hormones later get ingested into your own body after drinking a nice, cold, glass of milk (or eating milk with cereal, or that cheese on your burger).

Lets go back to what causes acne: an excess of hormones. Some people can consume all the dairy they want, and still not get acne, because there threshold for acne-causing hormones is so high that acne never has the chance to surface. However, if you are struggling with acne break-outs, chances are you have a low to moderate hormone threshold level. The best way to go about controlling your acne is to keep hormone levels down, and one of the simplest ways to do this is to abstain from all dairy products.

With dairy hormones completely out of your body, they are no longer contributing to clogged pores and causing those annoying acne break-outs.

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