Are you the type that loves to drink milk or eat cheese? Many people wonder whether or not there is a correlation between dairy and acne. For some people, cutting it out of your diet can really make a difference. I’m going to share everything I know about consuming dairy products and the impact it can have on your skin. It’s big enough of a concern for some skin care patients that it’s worthwhile for us to cover the topic. If you are interested in finding out whether or not it’s just you or your dairy consumption then put down that glass of milk and keep reading.
Is There A Correlation Between Dairy And Acne?
I’ll just come right out and say that consuming dairy has been known to cause acne issues in people. It’s a concern that many people often can’t identify or pinpoint until it’s too late. The good news is that there is a way to determine whether or not your dairy consumption is causing you to breakout.
Once you determine it’s one of the factors personally causing your acne to appear, then your that much closer to having clear and healthy looking skin. Improving your skin, reducing the number of acne breakouts and eliminating cysts all together isn’t easy. However, it’s not impossible either!
You’re probably most concerned with the reason that dairy and acne have become a problem for many. You’re not alone either. Many people have no idea the root cause of this problem. While I’m not a licensed skin doctor, I can provide some insight based on the personal research that I’ve done.
A theory exists today that creates the correlation between dairy and acne breakouts. As you know, milk and cheese are dairy products. They come from cows and there is thought that the hormones within the dairy products are what’s causing people to break out. The hormones are believed to have an impact on our own hormone production levels, causing them to spike. Enough research hasn’t been conducted on this to draw a definite conclusion.
Whether or not this has been proven (without a shred of doubt) isn’t exactly that concerning to us. What we look for are ways to help reduce the chances of developing acne. If people that have cut out dairy from their diet have seen improvement then it’s enough for us to recommend doing the same. Personal improvement is all we need in order to make a recommendation for our readers.
Intolerant To Lactose
Cutting dairy out may help reduce the risk of developing acne especially in those that are lactose intolerant. If you’re allergic to something and you consume it, your body will react to whatever you’ve ingested. No, this is not likely to cause you to have an acne breakout, but who knows.
What I do know is that as we get older, we are more likely to develop allergies that can cause us stress and other physical issues. Something to keep in mind.
Cutting Dairy And Adult Acne
Some folks might think that dairy is a major factor when it comes to developing adult acne. The truth is, there are many other factors that can cause you to develop adult acne. For example, if you have a poor diet or too much stress, those factors are much more likely to have an impact on things versus consumption of dairy products.
Determine If Dairy Causes Acne
The simplest way to determine if dairy is causing your acne to form is to just cut it out completely. Stop consuming all dairy for a short amount of time and see what happens. However, if you do decide to do this, you’ll need to do this, you will need to be sure to cut dairy out completely. Eliminate even the smallest amount if you’re are consuming it. If you want the best results then you need to run a clean test with fewer variables.
Should you decide to do this test, we recommend that you eliminate dairy from your diet for 10 to 14 days. You will need to do temporarily rid your body of any and all dairy. That means you’ll need to stay far away from the following types of products listed below:
For a period of at least 7days, cut out all dairy/lactose, this includes:
Basically, you must eliminate any products that have been made with dairy.
You’ll also need to put forth great effort to read product labels. I suggest eating a natural and plain diet that doesn’t include any processed foods for the next 14 days. You should be developing better eating habits as you get older anyway.
Once the 14-day period is up, it’s then time to evaluate your skin. Ask yourself the following questions.
Is your skin acne free?
Is your skin in better condition?
Is it more or less irritated?
Is there any improvement?
Once you’ve answered those questions, take a few pictures of your face and begin to reintroduce dairy into your diet.
Start by drinking milk or eating lots of cheese. Keep a close eye on your skin condition over the next 24-48 hours. You will quickly see whether or not this plays a factor in your breakouts.
If you see that you’re beginning to break out more after the reintroduction then it’s possible that the dairy consumption is causing you to personally develop acne.
If that’s the case, then you have to make a decision. Do you sacrifice your enjoyment of dairy products for healthier skin or do you continue to consume dairy and live with acne?
These are not questions that you need to answer until the time comes to do so. One thing you should be aware of is that there are plenty of alternatives for those that like dairy products yet can’t consume them. For example, there’s almond milk, soy milk, and even coconut milk. We already know that coconuts are good for your skin, so why not drink that instead of dairy? The choice is ultimately yours to make.
We can’t say for sure that dairy absolutely is correlated to acne development. However, there are a number of people that have had positive results when eliminating dairy from their diet. That’s not to say it will yield positive results in everyone.
If you think there is a link between your personal dairy consumption and acne breakouts, then I suggest that you do two things. First, contact your dermatologist and get their professional opinion on the subject matter. Next, decide whether or not you want to run a few tests yourself to see how your skin reacts with eliminating dairy from your diet.