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Teenage Acne

Treating acne in teenagers often requires a combination of approaches including homeopathy, specific vitamins and/or Chinese herbs, and avoidance of certain allergenic foods. One allergenic food that is quite common is milk. New research published in the Journal of the American academy of Dermatology explains the link between dairy consumption and acne in teenagers.

Previous research suggests that adolescents who consume large amounts of dairy products have a higher risk of developing acne, although the reasons for this are unknown. Researchers now hypothesize that the high iodine content in milk, which comes from the iodine-fortified feed given to cows and iodine-based sanitizing solutions used on farms, may contribute to skin problems. It has been well established in other studies that iodine intake can make acne worse.

So the bottom line is teenagers with acne should not drink milk.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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