Practical Issues > Health - Index > Vegan Index
Latest Research on Etiology and Cure for Acne

The March 15, 2012 issue of a German Journal, Acta Dermato Venereologica provides new research in the role that diet and nutrition play in zits.

Doctors at the Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory, University of Germany wrote: "Recent evidence underlines the role of Western diet in the pathogenesis of acne. Acne is absent in populations consuming Palaeolithic diets with low glycaemic load and no consumption of milk or dairy products."

Understanding acne gets no simpler.

Scientists conducted to controlled studies and determined:

"Epidemiological evidence confirms that milk consumption has an acne-promoting or acne- aggravating effect."

Acne occurs when steroids (androgens) stimulate the sebaceous glands within the skin's hair follicles. These glands then secrete an oily substance called sebum. When sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells build up on your skin, the pores become blocked, creating a zit.

What do you expect? When teenagers combine their own surging hormones with dietary saturated animal fat, cholesterol, steroid hormones, dead white blood cells, and cow pus, they're gonna get zits. The good news:

The cure is an easy one: NOTMILK!

"As pointed out by Dr. Jerome Fisher, 'About 80 percent of cows that are giving milk are pregnant and are throwing off hormones continuously.' Progesterone breaks down into androgens, which have been implicated as a factor in the development of acne...Dr. Fisher observed that his teenage acne patients improved as soon as the milk drinking stopped."

Don't Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski, M.D., (Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) Squeeze an acne pimple and out oozes greasy white, mucousy pus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows 750 million pus cells in every liter of milk (about two pounds) produced in America.

The dairy industry refers to these pus cells as "somatic cells." The somatic cell count (SCC) is measured in thimblefuls (milliliters). If milk contains more than 750,000 pus cells in ne thimbleful (ml), the milk is rejected.

In Europe, regulators allow 400 million pus cells per liter. France and Italy are known for their magnificent cheeses. Perhaps that's their secret: Less pus!

A two-slice portion (2 ounces) of greasy cooked Canadian bacon contains 33 mg of cholesterol and 4.8 grams of fat. Compare that to a two-ounce portion of mozzarella on a slice of pizza containing 35% more cholesterol (44.5 mg) and 2 1/2 times the amount of fat (12.26 grams).

Greasy-gooey delicious pus-filled pizza. [lots of pus, hormones and glue]

If you eat pus with hormones, cholesterol and fat, what will happen to your face?


"Acne usually begins at puberty, when an increase in androgens causes an increase in the size and activity of pilosebaceous glands....if a food is suspected, it should be omitted for several weeks and then eaten in substantial quantities to determine if acne worsens."

Merck Manual, Merck & Company, 2000


In 1970, the dairy industry produced 2.2 billion pounds of cheese. The population of the United States was 203 million, which translates to 10.8 pounds of cheese per person. By 1990, America's population had grown to 248 million, but Americans were eating more cheese, 6 billion pounds worth!

That's an average of 24 pounds per person. In 1994, according to the USDA, the average American consumed 27.7 pounds of cheese. America's rate of cheese consumption is skyrocketing. Today, America's per-capita cheese consumption has passed the 30-pound per person level.

"Acne is an end-organ hyper-response to androgens...These data show that sebaceous glands are stimulated by androgens to varying degrees and support the theory of an end-organ response in acne."

British Journal of Dermatology, 1998 July, 139:1


Constipated by Camembert? Sickened by Swiss? [lots of pus, hormones and glue] Phlegmed by port wine cheddar?

It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese. Therefore, a pound of cheese can contain up to 7.5 billion pus cells. Your next slice of American cheese can legally contain over 468 million pus cells.

"Acne vulgaris is a self-limiting skin disorder seen primarily in adolescents, whose etiology appears to be multifactorial. The immunologic response involves both humoral and cell-mediated pathways. Further research should clarify the role of complement, cytotoxins, and neutrophils in this acne-forming response."

Postgraduate Medical Journal, 1999 June, 75:884

Got provolone? Got pus!


Eighty percent of milk and cheese protein consists of casein, a tenacious glue. Casein is the glue that is used to hold a label to a bottle of beer. Try to scrape off one of those labels, then consider the effects of casein in your body. Casein is the glue that holds together wood in furniture. Behold the power of glue and behold the power of horrible bowel movements.

Casein is a foreign protein and your body reacts to its presence by creating an antibody. That antibody-antigen reaction creates histamines. Antihistamines (like Benadryl) are used to counter the effects of histamines. Mucus and phlegm are produced as a result of cheese consumption.

Imagine not eating cheese or any other dairy product for just six days. An internal fog will lift from your body as the mucus leaves. Eat just one slice of pizza on day seven, and twelve to fifteen hours later, the mucus will return.

"Hormones found in cow's milk include: Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamin D, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone, prolactin, oxytocin..."

Journal of Endocrine Reviews, 14(6) 1992 Got Gorgonzola? Got glue!


Every sip of milk has 59 different powerful hormones. Which ones do you want your little girls to take? Estrogen, progesterone or prolactin? In her lifetime, as a little girl becomes a big girl then a mature woman, she will produce the total equivalent of one tablespoon of estrogen. Hormones work on a nanomolecular level, which means that it takes only one-billionth of a gram to produce a powerful biological effect.

Forty percent of the average American diet consists of milk and dairy products. Last year, the average American ate five ounces per day of meat and chicken and 29.2 ounces a day (666 pounds per year) of milk and dairy products. Ice cream, cheese, and milk contain powerful hormones. One pound of cheese can contain ten times the amount of hormones as one pound of milk. Nursing cows were never supposed to pass on cheese to their calves. They were, however, designed to pass on hormones, lactoferrins, and immunoglobulins in liquid milk to their infants.

"We studied the effects of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), alone and with androgen, on sebaceous epithelial cell growth...IGF-I was the most potent stimulus of DNA synthesis. These data are consistent with the concept that increases in GH and IGF production contribute in complementary ways to the increase in sebum production during puberty."

Endocrinology, 1999 September, 140:9

Got Romano? Got raging hormones!

There are four eight-ounce glasses of liquid in a quart of milk. Depending upon how you sip your milk, there should be between 20 and 30 million pus cells per mouthful.

I recently spoke at the Solidarity Conference at Penn State University. I had a receptive audience that included one dairy major. When it came time for questions, he boldly stood and protested my calling milk "pus with hormones and glue." In defending milk, this Penn State student said that there was no pus in milk. Instead, he said that somatic cells were actually dead white blood cells. He's right, of course. That's what pus is! The pus that teenagers squeeze from the pimples on their faces is an oily accumulation of fat and dead white blood cells. Drink milk? Ingest pus.

The March 25, 2000 issue of the dairy magazine Hoard's Dairyman contains the standards for the average level of pus cells in a liter of milk sold in America. On page 226, an editorial reveals that the United States average of 307,100,000 pus cells in 1996 increased to 318,000,000 in 1998. America's dairy cows are being stressed, and the amount of pus in their milk has increased by over 3%. I sometimes challenge milk drinkers by asking them if they would drink a glass of milk containing 1,000 pus cells. Hoard's reveals that the average 12-ounce glass of milk in America contains 112,899,408 pus cells.

"... serum IGF-I levels increased significantly in the milk drinking group... an increase of about 10% above baseline-but was unchanged in the control group."

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 99, no. 10. October 1999

American teenagers spend billions of dollars on doctors' visits and chemical remedies that cannot work while they continue to eat greasy pus ith hormones from one food group.

The cure is simple and inexpensive.

Want to look your best and have those zits leave in 30 days or less?

NOTMILK! Drink water. NOT CHEESE! Eat fruits and veggies.
NOT ICE CREAM! Eat sorbet.

Got-zits? Eat a dairy-free diet and discover not-zits!

Robert Cohen

Fair Use Notice and Disclaimer
Send questions or comments about this web site to Ann Berlin,