ua en ru

Skin acne caused by sugar and milk, and how to avoid it

Skin acne caused by sugar and milk, and how to avoid it Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Skin acne may result from improper nutrition, especially from excess sugar and dairy consumption, according to nutritionist Olha Dorosh.

Diet for acne prevention

For preventing skin conditions, it's necessary to adhere to a healthy and balanced diet with sufficient intake of vitamins A, E, C, B, minerals, zinc, and copper.

Can dairy products cause acne?

Milk as a beverage may increase the risk of developing skin breakouts, including acne, in some individuals. However, fermented dairy products or aged cheeses do not have the same effect.

The nutritionist noted that to understand if you have a reaction to milk, exclude it for 2 weeks and keep a food diary to track skin reactions. Pay close attention to labels for the presence of milk or powdered milk in products.

Can sugar cause acne?

Olha Dorosh noted that excessive added sugar, simple carbohydrates, and fast food can affect health. However, it's not about consuming just one candy, but excessive amounts.

Honey, syrup, sugar, juices - these are added sugars, so it's advisable to consume them in moderation.

What needs to be limited

It's advisable to add more products rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties, to your diet.

Therefore, it's better to choose fewer fatty dishes with cream, sour cream, fried foods, fatty meats, and fatty dairy products, and less sausage.

You should eat more fish, seafood, nuts, and seeds.

Alcohol, especially beer and red wine, are triggers for many skin conditions, especially rosacea.

Also, excessive water consumption will not help combat skin dryness.

Factors affecting skin dryness include:

  • sun exposure
  • skincare
  • alcohol
  • smoking
  • genetics
  • unbalanced diet
  • stress and dry air.

Moreover, caffeine intake of 6 mg/kg body weight can cause a strong diuretic effect and may affect skin dryness as well.

"First and foremost are proper skincare tailored by a dermatologist or cosmetologist and treatment if necessary prescribed by a doctor," added the nutritionist.