The Dairy/Acne Connection

give up dairy, get clear skin.

The best side effect of going vegan? Clear Skin!

In the weeks since I first eliminated dairy from my diet, my skin hasn’t had a single new blemish.  No stranger to trying to find a link between food and acne, I’ve tried everything from getting more omega-3’s to giving up refined sugar, but nothing seemed to make a difference…until now.

Ironically, I’ve been aware of a connection between milk and acne for several years.  Around 2006, I gave up drinking and using cow’s milk in my cereal in an effort to rid myself of breakouts.  I had read several studies which linked milk consumption to acne and this information inspired me to try an experiment:  I would document my skin’s progress during one month without milk.  The only flaw in my plan was that I still continued to consume other dairy products.  As a result, my findings were inconsistent.

It wasn’t until I started my vegan efforts that I saw definitive results.  Although I’d initially quit dairy in an attempt to clear my sinuses, at about 3 weeks in I realized that I hadn’t had a single acne eruption during my dairy-free month.  Not only that, but my skin was improving more and more in softness and texture every day.  I was experiencing that ‘healthy glow’ that so many vegans rave about and, to my surprise, it didn’t feel like I was depriving myself AT ALL without diary products.

Well-known vegan actor and environmentalist Woody Harrelson recently admitted that clear skin was actually his initial motivation for changing his diet:

I was about 24 years old and I had tons of acne and mucus. I met some random girl on a bus who told me to quit dairy and all those symptoms would go away three days later. By God, she was right!


After witnessing my own miraculous results, I may never return to cheese again.


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