Milk consumption among patients with acne vulgaris

Abstract

Background: Milk is one of the dietary products containing hormones which stimulate the production of insulin-like growth factor 1 that affects the skin and leading to acne development. The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between acne vulgaris and the intake of dairy milk (full fat, low fat, skim). Methods: This study conducted on patients complaining from acne from Al-Karama teaching hospitals during the period between 1st May till the end of June 2019. The selected age group was from 10-45 years old. Data were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire adopted by a dermatologist and public health specialist for that purpose and analyzed by SPSS version 21using frequency and percentages. Results: The result of this study was obtained by the analysis of 40 patients. Females represented 72.5% and those patients with age groups (21-35) years were represented 52.5% followed by 37.5% for those with within the age group (16-20) years old. About 60% of patients have acne in their faces. All of them mentioned milk-drinking especially skimmed type in 60% of them and 37.5% drank milk daily and at least one cup in (90%). 57.5% noticed an improvement in acne when leaving milk drinking for a while. Conclusion: Milk products was associated with increased acne in individuals especially in young age females.

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