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Does slight acne mean I should avoid dairy entirely?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

From experimenting with my diet I've found that eating dairy results in a few spots/ some acne (always facial/ neck) the following day. Greek yoghurt doesn't seem to cause much reaction at all (1-2 spots, if any), but more than an ounce of cheese tends to trigger 4-5 spots. I get through about 500g (23 ounces) of full fat plain Greek yoghurt a week, and about 75g (3 ounces) of cheese per week.

I'm not so hot on the science behind how the dairy causes acne, and I'm wondering if this exterior symptom (which to be honest I can deal with - I'm ok with having 2-3 small spots for a couple of days a week from the vanity angle) is just the 'tip of the iceberg' and actually a sign that I have a dairy intolerance and should stay away from dairy entirely?

I don't get any gut symptoms that I can tell, it's just a couple of breakouts a week. I'm 20 years old.

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on August 01, 2012
at 10:20 AM

They might be, eating too many nuts or FODMAPS could also be the culprit. You could have a fructose malabsorption problem, really there are so many food sesitivites that can manifest as acne that it is hard to say. The only real advice I can tell yoiu is to continue to experiment on yourself

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I eliminated dairy entirely from my diet for 60 days before adding back in cheese and Greek yoghurt (separately) and then together. The only symptoms that they cause are the few facial spots, but are those symptoms indicative of internal problems that I can't see/feel?

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on July 30, 2012
at 11:37 AM

If it is causing any problems in your body that you notice, that means you do not tolerate it will. There may be even other symptoms that you dont notice as a reaction the the dairy, such as inflammation. Get rid of it entirely for a while to see how you feel. Or, if you feel ok will a bit of greek yogurt here and there, eat it sparingly. It all depends on what works best for you.

Af2662fc82df87952abb3fdf16b20aa4

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on July 31, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I eliminated dairy entirely from my diet for 60 days before adding back in cheese and Greek yoghurt (separately) and then together. The only symptoms that they cause are the few facial spots, but are those symptoms indicative of internal problems that I can't see/feel?

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

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on August 01, 2012
at 10:20 AM

They might be, eating too many nuts or FODMAPS could also be the culprit. You could have a fructose malabsorption problem, really there are so many food sesitivites that can manifest as acne that it is hard to say. The only real advice I can tell yoiu is to continue to experiment on yourself

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