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Acne has many causes, and every person’s skin is different. But there’s significant evidence to support the idea that dairy can irritate or cause acne for some people.

Most evidence-based studies agree that acne can be irritated by dairy. What researchers are still figuring out is what the underlying connection is.

Dairy cows are treated with artificial hormones that affect their milk supply. Researchers suggest that those hormones may throw your hormones off balance when you consume milk products. This could trigger acne.

Another theory is that the growth hormones already in milk naturally aggravate acne no matter what.

A third theory is that milk products, when combined with the high levels of refined foods and processed sugars in the Western diet, disrupt insulin levels and make skin more prone to acne.

Not all dairy products affect acne equally. Some studies have noted that skim milk is the most likely acne trigger.

If you’re breaking out, there are some things you can do to help soothe an acne flare-up:

-Try an over-the-counter treatment. Look for treatments that contain salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids. These ingredients can unclog your pores.

-Avoid oil-based cleansers and beauty products while you wait for the breakout to subside. Water-based makeup remover and oil-free cleansers are better for acne-prone skin. Try to keep your face clean and dry so that your pores can “breathe” while they work to heal.

See Also: Ways To Prevent Dry Skin