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Got Zits?

Written by PETA | September 21, 2010

Teens who are desperate for clear skin will be reminded of the link between acne and drinking milk when they spot our new “Got Zits?” billboard in Spokane, Washington:

Multiple studies have shown a conclusive connection between the consumption of dairy products and acne—the universal curse of adolescence.

And giving up milk has another benefit for kids, who have a natural empathy for animals: Dropping dairy products means no longer supporting cruelty to cows. PETA’s undercover investigation of a Land O’Lakes supplier found cows who were living and dying in misery.

Sign our Pledge to Be Vegan for 30 Days and get started on the road to clear skin and better health! And get that soy milk chillin’.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Meredith says:

    I’ve been vegetarian for six years. I was vegan for two of those. I’ve struggled with acne in the past few years and it’s directly linked to my increased intake of dairy. When I was vegan, my skin was glowing. I’m definitely going back. :)

  • Kim says:

    I’ve definitely experienced the correlation between dairy and acne. Since dairy began making me violently ill a few years ago, I stopped eating it and my skin, while still prone to breakouts (yeah genes), has improved a great deal.

  • beck says:

    last month was eating dairy and struggling with adult acne- after 3 weeks of vegan lifestyle and i have NO PIMPLES!!!

  • Coastal Coyote says:

    Yes, because acne has NOTHING to do with heredity and/or your place of residence. Gotta love cherry-picked data ;3

  • Chloe says:

    I don’t drink milk either, I drink soy milk. But I am far too skinny not to at least eat cheese. I can’t get used to vegan cheese. But I only do organic cheese. I still have some acne and very oily skin. I have tried so many things to cure my zits, but I guess the best thing would be to just wash it with regular non- animal tested soap, like Dr. Bronner’s or Kiss My Face, or Burt’s Bees.

  • sandra says:

    soy milk i sthe best!!!

  • mouse says:

    I love animals but I don’t believe in waste. I domesticate feral cats, love animals, wear leather, eat meat and drink milk but that doesn’t mean I am some horrible person. I think we should have respect for our food, for the life that supports ours and as far as domesticated animals are concerned, it us our duty to care for them, which includes spaying, nueturing and Not declawing, nor clipping ears or tails of our pets. Soy can cause negative effects in males…so try almond milk if you are against cow milk. But don’t think that us meat and dairy eaters dont care or try. Natives used every part of an animal…the point being for us meat eaters…need to respect our food in general. This is typed from my phone….do not expect perfect grammar. Intelligent people has no bearing on autism either for the person who posted before me….nor does vegan make you better. It is a lifestyle choice, nothing more. I have seen bad vegan parents just as often as I have seen any other type…bad people are bad people…period. my vegan friends respect me, I respect them…life should BE about respect…not superiority.

  • Flake says:

    Toby – Your first comment about autism…wtf.  Autism is as far as I know primarily due to neurological dysfunction, with a heavy genetic basis.  I don’t think your behavioural hypothesis has any support at all based on what we know, care to provide peer review articles in support?

    Someofthemwanttouseyou – Milk consumption may correlate with acne, but it’s obviously not the only contributing factor!  Anything else you eat or drink that might contribute?

    Does anyone have a link to the studies mentioned?

  • Someofthemwanttouseyou says:

    Eh, I dont drink milk because I dont like it, but I still have acne. :(

  • Toby says:

    There’s also hemp, almond & rice milk, respectively! They’re all great!

  • Toby says:

    On that autism/milk connection: I reckon it’s actually behaviorally linked… like people who don’t feed children animal milk are more likely to raise children with intelligence, behaviorally, & thereby decreasing the liklihood of autistic behavior.