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Does The Keto Diet Cause The Skin To Break-Out?

The Ketogenic diet has earned its spot among the top for allowing its participants to shed those extra pounds and still enjoy some of the usually forbidden foods, but can it cause your skin to break out?

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Does The Keto Diet Cause The Skin To Break-Out?

The Ketogenic diet is known for helping those following it with losing weight and maintaining healthier eating habits while still being able to enjoy foods that other diets would usually say no to but does the amount of Protein and saturated fats absorbed healthy for the skin?

Expert Opinion

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology said that researchers discovered that teenagers with acne consumed higher amounts of low-fat milk as well as skimmed milk as opposed to those who were clear of it. Dr. Paul Cohen, Rosedale Dermatology Centre's director spoke about how dairy, in general, could be troublesome. He said: “We know that a high consumption of dairy can have bad effects on the skin, and in general has been shown to cause acne in women more than men. High-fat milk is better than skim, but dairy in general can be problematic,”

He also spoke about diet change, saying: “The take-home message is always that changing to a restrictive diet is going to have bad effects on your skin,” and “It’s good that this diet is high in healthy fats [like avocado and natural oils], but if someone eats a lot of dairy, that could cause problems," according to GlobalNews. 


The Ketogenic diet can cause a condition called prurigo pigmentosa and its symptoms include red rashes along the back, neck, and chest although the condition is very rare and more susceptible in Asian people. Dr. Cohen says: “Generally everything needs to be in balance. In the old days, we used to say don’t eat chocolate or peanuts or pop because they cause acne. But then we stopped being restrictive. Now we know that too much dairy and too many high-glycemic foods like carbs are associated with acne. Anything that’s really extreme can have effects on your skin.”

For acne related issues, he suggests cutting out dairy should prurigo pigmentosa arise while following the Keto diet.


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