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Why does dairy cause acne?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2012 at 6:41 PM

hi

the reason i ask is i want to drink milk and have some dairy products as i need to increase my calories. i always would get splotches and acne from milk products, i just need to why this happens so i can find out how to avoid reoccurring acne. here are the questions:

  1. why does dairy cause acne?

  2. is it the the proteins, the source(cow or goat or buffalo), process(homogenized/pasteurized) or the lack of lactase enzyme?

  3. any specific vitamin i am missing?

thank you

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on August 07, 2013
at 09:23 PM

But than again maybe it's not the dairy but other foods in your diet, mercury from analgams and fish are correlated with acne as well as some citrus fruit, strawberries and dairy also have iodine in them which some acne prone people are sensitive to, seafood contains it as well.

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(246)

on August 07, 2013
at 09:19 PM

It could be the grain supplement feed or even the grain based diet, truly raw yogurt from sheep or goat raised on 100% grass and forage usually don't give people those symptoms, you might want to check another source if you feel like going back to dairy.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 15, 2012
at 04:38 AM

Ummmm... post-pregnant cow "juice" at best. LOL

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on September 24, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Yeah, cheese is more concentrated form of dairy than yogurt. I also do just fine with 2 cups of homemade yogurt in the morning. Never noticed any negative effects from butter. It's mostly fat anyway and doesn't increase insulin levels.

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on September 15, 2012
at 05:06 AM

Hardeepsura: There are dairy free brands of coconut milk available. Try Native Forest or Aroy D. As for the butter, the OP would need to quit it because the hormones are concentrated even more in the fat. Robert: If you really, really need a butter-like flavor, you can try Earth Balance buttery sticks. They're not paleo as they contain vegetable oils, but if you're desperate, it'll definitely do the trick. I do not recommend sauteing anything in it. Melt it over your hot veggies or steak, but don't try to cook the veggies or steak in it! It starts to smell and taste off.

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on September 10, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Yup, both. No difference. I live in an area where I have easy access to both raw and cow and goat's milk and fermented products like kefir. Lactose is not the problem.

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on September 10, 2012
at 01:00 PM

why quit butter, its so creamy and has very little chance of causing problems unless your extremely sensitive to the proteins as butter is more or less pure FAT! other fats i do is avocado,EVOO,duck fat and coconut oil. Just rotate them around.

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on September 10, 2012
at 09:02 AM

I been thinking about quitting butter, I guess this is my motivation :(, what do you use instead or for a butter like flavor rather?

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on September 10, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Then you are right. Don't do dairy then. Hey, Kitavans don't use dairy and they don't have acne. Actually, maybe that cow's milk is not grass-fed? I checked with one of the farmers - they still give them some grain. They say it is impossible nowadays to keep them grass-fed only.

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on September 10, 2012
at 06:22 AM

hmm, very good point i must say. I dont react good to any dairy except butter but where you recommend coconut milk, i can't find any bpa free cans, any help there as i need the calories

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on September 10, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Even raw, grass fed, Jersey cow milk gives me a breakout. Raw goats milk does too. There is something about milk, pasteurized or not, that gets me every time. :/

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on September 09, 2012
at 08:58 PM

You tried goat or sheep fermented dairy too? Apparently the casein in these animals is gentlier and more human-compatible. And fermentation takes care of the lactose for the most part.

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on September 09, 2012
at 07:52 PM

No, I never have acne, only 1. hormonal once a month 2. when I have digestive problems.

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on September 09, 2012
at 07:42 PM

are you usually acne prone yourself?

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90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

on September 10, 2012
at 03:47 AM

I've been told that it is the hormones that naturally exist in all dairy products that cause the acne. Think about it for a minute: what happens to a lot of women when they get pregnant? They get zits! This is because our hormones run amok during pregnancy. When you drink milk or eat concentrated milk in the form of cheese or butter, you are consuming the hormones of a recently pregnant animal. Pregnant cow hormones are similar enough to human acne-causing hormones to give some of us acne.

This is why my acne cleared up when I quit dairy. Let me be clear: for you this may not be about lactose. Butter has no lactose in it, but it still causes acne for me because it is a concentrated form of additional hormones that my body just does not need.

Essentially, Dairy=pregnant cow juice and you shouldn't be consuming it if you have acne problems. Also, I lost 12 pounds effortlessly when I quit dairy, if you need an additional incentive. There are so many good non-dairy ice creams and yogurts that you won't even miss dairy after a while. Non-dairy baking is a breeze as well, so no excuses!

If you need to increase your caloric intake, I recommend full-fat coconut milk and avocado. Nut butters are also a great way to pack calories in to your diet. You could also try olives and peppery extra-virgin olive oil. Fatty meats like bacon are also great for this.

Quit dairy and don't look back! You won't regret it.

Adb6852b4f2f42904da67708ffcd59f5

(501)

on September 10, 2012
at 01:00 PM

why quit butter, its so creamy and has very little chance of causing problems unless your extremely sensitive to the proteins as butter is more or less pure FAT! other fats i do is avocado,EVOO,duck fat and coconut oil. Just rotate them around.

05de181d71c1df6304a03566fe821d4b

(795)

on September 10, 2012
at 09:02 AM

I been thinking about quitting butter, I guess this is my motivation :(, what do you use instead or for a butter like flavor rather?

Adb6852b4f2f42904da67708ffcd59f5

(501)

on September 10, 2012
at 06:22 AM

hmm, very good point i must say. I dont react good to any dairy except butter but where you recommend coconut milk, i can't find any bpa free cans, any help there as i need the calories

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on September 15, 2012
at 05:06 AM

Hardeepsura: There are dairy free brands of coconut milk available. Try Native Forest or Aroy D. As for the butter, the OP would need to quit it because the hormones are concentrated even more in the fat. Robert: If you really, really need a butter-like flavor, you can try Earth Balance buttery sticks. They're not paleo as they contain vegetable oils, but if you're desperate, it'll definitely do the trick. I do not recommend sauteing anything in it. Melt it over your hot veggies or steak, but don't try to cook the veggies or steak in it! It starts to smell and taste off.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 15, 2012
at 04:38 AM

Ummmm... post-pregnant cow "juice" at best. LOL

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3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

on September 09, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Any kind of dairy (raw included) causes acne or hives in my daughter and me. I have read reports that the casein protein in dairy is very similar to the gluten protein to which we are both extremely sensitive as well. My guess is an immune/autoimmune reaction to the similar protein structure. Just surmising however.

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

(2369)

on September 10, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Yup, both. No difference. I live in an area where I have easy access to both raw and cow and goat's milk and fermented products like kefir. Lactose is not the problem.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on September 09, 2012
at 08:58 PM

You tried goat or sheep fermented dairy too? Apparently the casein in these animals is gentlier and more human-compatible. And fermentation takes care of the lactose for the most part.

Medium avatar

(246)

on August 07, 2013
at 09:23 PM

But than again maybe it's not the dairy but other foods in your diet, mercury from analgams and fish are correlated with acne as well as some citrus fruit, strawberries and dairy also have iodine in them which some acne prone people are sensitive to, seafood contains it as well.

Medium avatar

(246)

on August 07, 2013
at 09:19 PM

It could be the grain supplement feed or even the grain based diet, truly raw yogurt from sheep or goat raised on 100% grass and forage usually don't give people those symptoms, you might want to check another source if you feel like going back to dairy.

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8b7835a7c00bd5ae5d0c4d3d6fbdb17a

(100)

on September 09, 2012
at 07:53 PM

I've been low carb / Primal for 9 months. I've just recently cut out dairy (Except kerrygold butter) and my skin had cleared up tremendously. I'm 22 yrs old

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A39237551dac75eb36335098b0f5fa61

(525)

on September 24, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Dairy products of all sorts aggravate acne. It doesn't matter whether it comes from commercial feeding operations or from grass-fed cows. It's possible that grass-fed sources are somewhat less acnegenic, since they may have fewer hormones in them, but I don't know how significant that is.

Anyway, even Nestle now says milk causes acne. Well, says in one of the papers published in their nutritional workshop seminar series: Evidence for acne-promoting effects of milk and other insulinotropic dairy products.

Basically milk, and especially whey protein, spikes insulin and IGF-1 levels, which then promotes sebum production and skin cell growth. And eventually this leads to acne.

Out of all the foods there the connection between dairy and acne is best established (scientifically). The connection is much better established than that of sugar and acne.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 09, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I do not believe that dairy causes acne. No, basically I think pasteurized corn fed dairy causes acne, but not raw and grass-fed. I would love to see some research somewhere, but every time I drink raw grass-fed milk, my skin practically glows. One time I had a pimple before - it was gone after a day of drinking raw grass-fed milk.

That's my take on it.

Adb6852b4f2f42904da67708ffcd59f5

(501)

on September 09, 2012
at 07:42 PM

are you usually acne prone yourself?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 09, 2012
at 07:52 PM

No, I never have acne, only 1. hormonal once a month 2. when I have digestive problems.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on September 10, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Even raw, grass fed, Jersey cow milk gives me a breakout. Raw goats milk does too. There is something about milk, pasteurized or not, that gets me every time. :/

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 10, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Then you are right. Don't do dairy then. Hey, Kitavans don't use dairy and they don't have acne. Actually, maybe that cow's milk is not grass-fed? I checked with one of the farmers - they still give them some grain. They say it is impossible nowadays to keep them grass-fed only.

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7fea298de4f1efc27c96970273837304

on May 07, 2013
at 04:59 PM

NO MILK= ACNE FREE I've concluded that lactose is the culprit of acne. I've had it terribly for months, deep painful ones.. So my mom suggested it was the dairy because she gets acne from it. I switched to almond milk but still have cheese and butter. 2 weeks later I'm zit free!! and surprisingly much less bloated feeling. strong text

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Pregnant cows is where we get cow milk from and durying pregnancy the cows body has tons of hormones going through its body which is contained within dairy which aggravates acne and can make it worse. I suggest to limit dairy and wash your face daily.

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on September 24, 2012
at 02:43 PM

For what it's worth, I'm good with all dairy EXCEPT milk. So, you know, I don't drink it. Problem solved. :)

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on September 24, 2012
at 04:11 AM

I can do yogurt and butter just fine. But go too wild with cheese and it's not pretty. :(

A39237551dac75eb36335098b0f5fa61

(525)

on September 24, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Yeah, cheese is more concentrated form of dairy than yogurt. I also do just fine with 2 cups of homemade yogurt in the morning. Never noticed any negative effects from butter. It's mostly fat anyway and doesn't increase insulin levels.

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Take a look at www.acnemilk.com

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3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

on September 09, 2012
at 07:13 PM

MY experience is that it is the lactose and whey in dairy that causes issues (as well as what you're eating your dairy with). For me most cheese and Greek yogurt are fine, but I cannot do yogurt, kefir, or whey protein powder shakes. For some reason I can't do butter either, and I'm still working on figuring out why that is. so, my guess is the whey that causes most people issues. I have been reading that whey illicits an high insulin response, despite being a zero carb food.

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