Is Eating Yogurt Causing Your Acne?


Updated 12/1/17. Yogurt is so popular 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 30 years ago when I first became an esthetician, 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—the type of blemishes that are hard, sore bumps under the skin that are known to be associated with eating dairy. They usually appear on the chin and jawline and can linger for weeks.

As a licensed esthetician and skin care expert with 30 years of experience, 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 others it may be very little, but I will still always suggest they cut out all forms of dairy. More often than not, the valuable feedback I hear from clients is how their skin cleared up once they eliminated dairy from their diet. Read why dairy may be the cause.

The best way to determine if your acne cysts are directly related to your intake of yogurt is to completely eliminate dairy for three full weeks. This includes not only yogurt, but cheese and milk too. If you don’t develop any new cysts in this three 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 without their skin breaking out. For me, I can eat small portions of yogurt and cheese daily, but when eaten in excessive amounts, I will definitely get acne cysts. For anyone trying to determine the cause of breakouts, you might consider keeping track of your every move with this calendar.

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.

If you do get a cystic blemish, here’s the best plan for getting it to go away quickly:

Once a cyst appears, you have three options for treatment.

1. Get a cortisone shot injected into the cyst by a dermatologist. The downside of cortisone injections for cystic acne is that they are expensive, plus the time spent waiting in a doctor’s office, and more seriously, the skin can atrophy in the injection site and can end up looking sunken in. It usually is temporary but it can sometimes take up to a six months to bounce back naturally.

2. Dab on Renée Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment immediately when the cyst forms and it will dramatically flatten the bump and reduce the visible 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 it best. “Anti Cyst Treatment saves me from pricey cortisone shots.” You can get more information about 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. This won’t be a big miracle but it can help ease some inflammation.

Want to learn more?

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”