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Confirmed: Dairy and sugar cause acne

dairy and sugar cause acneTurns out, if you’re following the USDA nutrition guidelines of MyPlate and getting your 3 servings of dairy a day, you’re inviting a face full of pimples.

Confirming the long-suspected link between dairy products and acne is a systematic review of 21 observational studies and six clinical trials conducted over 2009 and 2010.

While the link between dairy and acne isn’t news to the holistic community—or most facialists—it is to the medical one, which has come up with drug after zit-fighting drug to treat something that’s not about the skin at all.

In fact, a 2010 paper in Clinics in Dermatology makes it clear that you could use all the best pimple-clearing products available (and the worst ones like Accutane) and still not keep breakouts at bay—unless you dispense with dairy.

Just how is dairy damaging your otherwise pristine visage?

Hormones in milk, explains Mark Hyman, MD. But it’s also milk’s ability to stimulate insulin production. “It actually may be the lactose or milk sugar in milk that acts more like a soft drink [in your body] than a [protein-rich] egg.”

Read more on Dr. Hyman.com for how dietary changes could be your best acne-fighting solution yet. —Melisse Gelula