Acne Alert: The Sneaky Reasons You’re Breaking Out

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Acne Alert: The Sneaky Reasons You’re Breaking Out

All of a sudden you’ve got more zits and blackheads than your 15-year-old cousin—what the hell? These surprising habits might be to blame.

According to Dr. Susan Stuart, MD, a San Diego-based dermatologist, researchers have found that young men who drink two or more servings of milk a day may be more likely to have acne—and the same might apply to older guys as well. Milk ingestion can lead to an increased production of an oily substance called sebum, which clogs pores and causes acne outbreaks. If you’re a big dairy drinker but find yourself dealing with pimples frequently, consider switching to an alternative like almond milk. And to improve your skin even more, Dr. Stuart recommends switching to a healthy diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates, which has been shown to reduce breakouts as well.

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