The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Milk and acne risk in teenage boys

    There was an association between higher intake of skim milk and more pimples in this study.

    First, the details.

    • 4273 teenage boys who reported dietary intake on food questionnaires participated.
    • Results were adjusted for age, height, and energy intake.

    And, the results.

    • More severe acne was observed in the highest vs lowest intake of total milk, whole/2% milk, low-fat (1%) milk, and skim milk.
      • Greater than 2 servings/day vs less than 1 serving/week

    The bottom line?
    Yes, there is an association between drinking more milk and more severe acne.

    Interestingly, the results suggest that even skim milk contains hormonal substance, or factors that affect hormones sufficiently to have biological effects in teen-aged boys.

    An earlier study of US girls (9 to 15 years of age) revealed that greater consumption of milk was associated with the severity of acne.

    11/4/08 21:03 JR

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