Understanding the Link Between Dairy Products and Acne
Even though food is
not responsible for the underlying hormonal causes of acne, there are certain
products that have the potential to exacerbate acne breakouts or prime your
skin for new breakouts in the future. Dairy products are frequently cited as
one of these "problem foods", which has caused many an acne
sufferer to abandon some of their favorite dairy-based treats in the hopes
that this dietary switch would make their acne problems finally go away for
drastic measures don't always provide the results that people are hoping for.
Furthermore, depriving your body of calcium and proteins contained in dairy
WITHOUT a healthy balanced diet may actually cause your body harm (e.g. lack
of absorbable calcium and vitamin D may foster osteoporosis and weaker teeth;
vitamin A is needed for healthy eyesight). On the other hand, as we are
indeed what we eat, we need to understand the potential for a possible link
between acne and dairy for some individuals. Before you go on a kitchen-cleaning
spree, tossing out all your favorite cheeses and ice cream, take a moment to
learn the facts about dairy products. I think you'll find that when it
comes to these types of food, making modifications to your intake is better
than outright eliminating it.
Is There a Link
Between Acne and Dairy Products?
There have been
several studies conducted in the last decade that attempted to examine the
link between acne and dairy products, and, as you would expect with new
scientific research, many of these studies had wildly different findings, and
have been creating controversy rather than providing straightforward
answers. However, the one thing that many of these researchers seem to
agree on is that when dairy products do worsen acne breakouts it's because of
dairy's effect on the hormonal balance of our bodies-the hormones found in
dairy may create hormonal havoc and as a result may also impact our skin's
sebaceous glands, "pushing" them to overproduce oil (sebum). This
then clogs our pores and allows for the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
At this point, you may
be thinking that it's best to just avoid dairy altogether-better safe than
sorry, right? Not
necessarily. Different hormones have been added to the cow's diet to
induce either production of more milk or meat. This practice has been
under scrutiny, and the production of organic milk and dairy products is
rapidly growing. Interestingly, cheeses imported from Europe are mostly
hormone-free because the European Union has stricter food protection laws.
Since dairy provides us with important vitamins and nutrients, many of
which contribute to healthy skin, it is wiser to switch to organic dairy
products and to moderate intake instead of eradicating dairy from your diet
(unless you are lactose intolerant, of course). In addition, there are
plenty of people in the world who eat and drink dairy products regularly
without any acne problems whatsoever-providing evidence that the effects of
dairy can vary wildly from person to person.
If You're Suffering
From Acne, What Should You Do About Your Dairy Intake?
you're truly worried that the consumption of dairy products could be having a
negative effect on the health of your skin and the severity of your acne
breakouts, the best thing to do is make step-by-step modifications, checking
what works and what doesn't, instead of taking an extreme approach and
eliminating dairy entirely.
Next Steps to Take
1. If you're a
big milk drinker, one of the first things you could try is switching from
regular pasteurized milk to an organic variety. Organic milk does not contain
hormones that many believe can contribute to acne, which could help alleviate
the amount of dairy products you consume is another wise step. Almost
everything is detrimental to your health when consumed in excess, so perhaps
your problem is that you're simply relying too much on dairy products in your
changes you make, be sure to give your body enough time to adjust to them so
that you can accurately gauge their effectiveness. Monitor the quality of
your skin over the course of at least a few weeks, and if you find that these
changes are helping, then stick with them! If they're not helping, take a
step back. Whatever you do, don't rush into things and make unnecessary and
drastic changes to your diet.
considering the effects of dairy on your skin, remember that there is no
dietary change that can completely cure your acne-these changes may only make
your fight against it easier. Without addressing your acne problems at their
root you cannot break the acne cycle!
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