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Milks effects on Hormones

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Having browsed this forum it's clear that many think that milk has a pro-acne effect.

If this is due to increased testosterone or IGF it would seem to worth while addition to my diet as I weight-lift but if it's skin wrecking effects are through some other pathway it maybe better to just stay clear altogether.

By what mechanism does milk effect acne ?

(I'm drinking raw organic jersey cow milk, if that'd make a difference)

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on January 19, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I just can't quite get my head around testosterone directly causing acne without the help of other mediators and hormones, having used steroids in the past testoterone sometimes made it worse sometimes better :/ Losing weight/ not being a big fat powerlifter always made my skin better, could well be a BS level thing though this could relate to IGF1

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on January 19, 2012
at 05:25 PM

I have been eating plenty of liver but suspect your bang on the money in terms of vitamin A as the liver has improved my skin in spite of increased milk consumption. Ordered some so will see If it clears the rest.

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on December 15, 2011
at 03:05 PM

I think there could be a ton of different reasons why milk causes acne.

Milk(raw) used to give me huge red acne all over my face so I gave it up, a couple months later I started supplementing vit A(retinol) which had a drastic positive effect on my acne. Around this time I incorporated milk(pasteurized) back in my diet and low and behold no acne this time, been drinking nearly a gallon a day for months now with no return in acne(my face is the clearest its ever been in my adult life).

If milk gives you acne I would definitely try supping vit A(or eat some liver) and if that doesn't work I would try another brand/pasteurized.

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on January 19, 2012
at 05:25 PM

I have been eating plenty of liver but suspect your bang on the money in terms of vitamin A as the liver has improved my skin in spite of increased milk consumption. Ordered some so will see If it clears the rest.

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on December 15, 2011
at 03:31 PM

I don't think it's quite that simple. I recently started drinking milk again, about a gallon a week after about 6 months off, and started taking my first cycle of steroids (not the illegal kind, just the barely legal kind) and my acne has been getting less and less, almost completely gone now. My guess, which could be totally wrong, is it is because I've been eating only about 5 meals a week, so I'm losing fat and my blood sugar is learning to stabilize without needing food in my stomach all day. Acne my be associated with testosterone in some way, but there are plenty of people with high testosterone and no acne, so it's definitely not a direct causal relationship.

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on January 19, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I just can't quite get my head around testosterone directly causing acne without the help of other mediators and hormones, having used steroids in the past testoterone sometimes made it worse sometimes better :/ Losing weight/ not being a big fat powerlifter always made my skin better, could well be a BS level thing though this could relate to IGF1

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