Is Yogurt Causing Your Acne?

Yogurt is all the rage these days; Greek, custard, frozen, drinkable, the list goes on and on. From the extensive selection found in the grocery stores to all the frozen yogurt shops, Americans are eating yogurt more than ever before. These days when I ask clients about their intake of dairy, many tell me they are eating yogurt up to several times a day whereas 20 years ago, yogurt was almost non-existent in the American diet.

With this trend, I have seen an increase in my client’s skin with cystic acne on the chin and jawline—the type of blemishes that are hard, sore bumps under the skin that are known to be associated with eating dairy.

As a licensed esthetician and skin care expert with over 25 years of experience (read my bio here), I have long known about the association between dairy and cystic acne. When a client comes to me for help with clearing his or her skin, if I see acne cysts on the lower half of the face, I always ask, “How much dairy are you getting in your diet?” For some it may be a lot and for other’s it may be very little, but I will still always suggest they cut out all forms of dairy completely for two weeks to determine if there is an association. More often than not, the feedback I hear from clients is how their skin completely cleared up once they eliminated dairy from their diet.

This is always exciting for people to discover because typically the cause of acne is just not as black and white, as in the case of dairy and cystic acne.

Read: 11 Possible Causes of Acne

The best way to determine if your acne cysts are directly related to your intake of yogurt is to completely eliminate dairy for two weeks. This includes not only yogurt, but cheese and milk too. If you don’t develop any new cysts in this 2 week time period, then this might be the solution to your problem. To determine if your body can tolerate any dairy at all, slowly introduce dairy back into your diet and if you start breaking out again, then this is your body’s tolerance level. Some people can still eat a fair amount, whereas others literally can’t have any. Typically, I can eat small portions of yogurt and cheese daily, but when eaten in excessive amounts, I will get acne cysts.

Read: Why Does Dairy Cause Cystic Acne?

The good news is you may have just discovered the cure for your cystic acne, but the bad news is, you may have to give up or cut back on your favorite yogurt.

How to treat cystic acne:

Once cystic acne appears, you have three options for treatment.

1. Get a cortisone shot injected into the cyst by a dermatologist. (It works, but who has the time to wait around at a doctor’s office and run the risk of possible scarring?)

2. Dab on Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment immediately when the cyst forms and it will dramatically reduce the infection and cut the healing time at least in half. Trust me, it’s truly a miraculous product to treat cystic blemishes. In fact, an Elle Magazine beauty editor said “Anti Cyst Treatment saves me from pricey cortisone shots.” You can purchase Anti Cyst Treatment here

3. Apply ice to reduce inflammation. If you don’t have a bottle of Anti Cyst Treatment, applying ice to the cyst can help take down swelling to reduce soreness.

In my 25 years of being an esthetician working with skin hands on, I have cured many, many of my clients cystic acne simply by suggesting they reduce or cut out their dairy intake.

Read: What’s the Best Spot Treatment for Blemishes?

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