You know, when I graduated from my teen years into actual adulthood, I thought my skin would decide to graduate along with me. Bye-bye pimples, hello beautiful skin (until I become old enough to have wrinkles, that is).
Well, my skin had other plans. Instead of transforming into a Chrissy Teigen-like glow, I stayed acne-prone. Sure, it got considerably better, but I still have to deal with zits in places I don't want them.
The only difference now is, I have to seriously worry about things like fine lines in addition to the occasional volcano or El Diablo that tries to take up residence on my innocent face.
Turns out, it's not just because my skin utterly despises me. It's because what I'm putting into my body is seriously pissing off my skin.
Apparently, a contributing factor to your pimples is the milk you're drinking, specifically skim milk. According to a study from the Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, there's a link between your skim milk consumption and your skin.
Among 225 participants between the ages of 14 and 19, the ones with the most acne also reported to drink the most skim milk. Alternatively, the clear-skinned participants ingested more whole milk and dairy alternatives, like soy and almond.
There are no exact links between skim milk and zits, however. Researchers suggested it might have to do with skim milk not having the fatty acids that whole milk has, which are actually good for you.
Most interestingly, though, is the researchers found no link between acne and sugar or saturated fats, which means all those almond milkshakes you've been having are actually totally healthy for you. Well, maybe not your waistline.
So, if you want to try to lose the zits, try switching to whole milk, or better yet, almond or soy.