Does Almond Milk Cause Acne Breakouts? 3 Things You Must Know To Know

By Valeria D.

March 30, 2020

acne, almonds, breakouts, nuts

"Dairy-replacements are taking the world by storm"

Back in the day, it was so hard to find plant-based milk. Now we have plenty options.

One of my favorites is almond milk. It’s vegan and it is delicious.

But since I have a skin care site with people that rely on real answers, I asked myself in the name of science, *does almond milk cause acne?*

Once a question like this enters my brain, you can bet that it won’t leave unanswered! I love my almond milk but I want to be sure it’s the best vegan milk for me and for YOU! 

So, I did some digging and here’s the valuable gem I uncovered. Almond milk has estrogen and omega-6 that can aggravate acne.

almond milk and acne breakouts

I must admit, I was surprised. Darn it, almond milk!

Not only are you overpriced but you also contain estrogen and omega that aggravates acne?

Guess there’s nothing left to do but throw it in the traaa—hold up just one good minute!

Of course, I won’t let go of almond milk without a fight! 

If like me, you love almond milk, then you’ll want to see what I found next.

Let’s look at the three things we need to know about almond milk and acne. Hopefully, by the end of this post, we can decide for ourselves whether almond milk is truly best for us. Cross your fingers lovely!

1. Almond Milk, Estrogen, and Acne Breakouts

You might be wondering about estrogen. Isn’t that what regular cow’s milk have that we want to avoid? 

Estrogen is a female hormone. It regulates functions in both men and women. But since it’s coming from a plant source, we call it phytoestrogen. “Phyto” here is a Greek root word meaning “plant.”

Tell that to a friend! 😉

Though slightly different in name, phytoestrogens function similarly to animal estrogen. Our body may respond to it the same way it responds to our own estrogens. And almond milk is rich with phytoestrogen.

Now, what does this plant estrogen got to do with breakouts? The thing is phytoestrogen in almond milk has two sides. 

On its good side, phytoestrogens are quite helpful! 

Some research has found promising results for acne. By acting similarly to estrogen, phytoestrogen can help counteract androgens. A male hormone, androgens contribute to acne in women. Counteracting these can help relieve or even prevent acne.

On the flip side, phytoestrogens are bad news for people with hormonal imbalance. That extra dose of estrogen can tip the balance way off. And you’re probably familiar with what follows. 

Painful flare-ups that can have you flinching every time you touch your face.

So, before settling with almond milk in your diet, you should take phytoestrogens into consideration.

2. Almond Milk, Inflammation, and Acne Breakouts

If you’ve read my post on almonds and acne, you’re probably already familiar with this part. 

Almonds are rich in omega-6. This essential fatty acid is pro-inflammatory. Omega-6 acid is a good thing in moderation. But in excess, it can disrupt an important balance of fatty acids. This disruption in turn can make acne severity worsen. 

Just imagine how awful acne already is. Couple that with inflamed skin and you get one hellish of a breakout. Bumps filled with yucky gunk on red, swelling, and warm and painful to the touch inflamed skin. 

So, with this knowledge, you best be drinking almond milk in moderation.

3. Almond Milk, Healthy Living, and Your Skin Without Breakouts

Looking at almond milk’s good points, it’s no wonder it is so beloved. So many people, vegan or not, have been switching to almond milk. This dairy-free milk is healthy and delicious. 

Just look at all this good stuff in almond milk:

  • High vitamin E content 
  • Antioxidants
  • High levels of nutrients

The vitamin E and antioxidants in almond milk are useful for acne-sufferers. Both of these are important in improving the condition of our skin.

Plus, the milk has nutrients like magnesium, riboflavin, tryptophan, copper and phosphor. All these are good for helping our body become strong and healthy.

Almond milk is truly a great option for healthy living and helping with skin. 

The Verdict

Let’s consider the three points we’ve raised above. Similar to most food items, almond milk has its pros and cons. Here’s a breakdown from what we’ve discussed.

Pros:

  • Phytoestrogen in almond milk can help relieve and even prevent acne.
  • Almond milk is high in vitamin E and antioxidants, which are both good for skin.
  • Almond milk has high levels of nutrients benefitting the body.

Cons:

  • People with hormonal imbalance can react negatively to the phytoestrogen in almond milk.
  • Almond milk’s rich omega-6 content can worsen acne through inflammation.

From this list, we can see how assessing almond milk is up to the individual. What works for me may not work for you! I can tell that almond milk is still a good fit for me. But if you have hormonal imbalance, it may not be the best fit. 

Final Thoughts

Along with all that we discussed, there is one last thing we need to remember. Almond milk is just one part of our diet. For our diet to benefit our skin, we must assess it as a whole. 

It may be troublesome to assess everything we eat but isn't that is a small trouble compared to what we can receive in exchange?

That is a healthy lifestyle benefitting the body and the skin!

What do you think of almond milk in you diet? Are you planning to replace it or keep it? Let me know in the comment section below!

As always, good job reaching all the way to the bottom! 

Stay tuned and take skin care! 

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