Skin Care and Dairy Products

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06 May Skin Care and Dairy Products

Like most humans, you most likely started your life consuming a lot of milk, from bottles of formula as a baby to childhood dinners where you were practically force fed with the phrase, “Drink your milk so you grow big and strong.” Milk’s calcium is a definite benefit to bone health, but what if the milk and dairy you are consuming as an adult is having a negative effect on other parts of your body? Specifically, could the dairy in your diet be harming your skin? Today, we are going to wash away the truths and myths about dairy and skin care and give you some alternatives to keep your diet well-rounded while also putting your best face forward.

Don’t Have a Cow About Breakouts

You may be saying to yourself right now, “Dairy? Really? That could be causing my breakouts?” And the answer is possibly yes; dairy could be the culprit of many of your skin problems. It’s a phenomenon that many doctors have seen firsthand. They have a patient who has been suffering with acne then they have the person take dairy out of his or her daily diet and, boom, the patient’s skin clears. The only issue with this is that there is no definitive scientific study that proves that dairy is the culprit, but there are theories about why dairy may be linked to skin problems.

The Effects of Dairy

One of the theories is that the hormones that are found in milk and other dairy products are causing your acne to flare. Hormones are given to baby cows to help them grow and begin to produce milk, but when consumed by a human, those hormones cause your hormones to flare, which can ultimately cause breakouts. Paired with this, dairy products cause insulin to spike, which causes your liver to produce more hormones, which causes more inflammation of your skin. There are also theories that dairy stimulates the production of testosterone, and that may also stimulate glands in the skin, setting a breeding ground for acne.

Test It Out

So, what can you take from this info? While there isn’t an exact cause-and-effect link to dairy consumption and skin health, there are many testimonials that show people benefiting from the elimination of dairy. You have to approach this on a case-by-case basis. The best thing to do is to eliminate all dairy for a couple of months and monitor the change in your skin. If there is a noticeable improvement, the next step is to test the limits of what your body can tolerate. For example, you could incorporate a small amount of dairy back into your diet and see if your body is ok with that. You can also test out different types of dairy, such as goat’s milk or goat cheese instead of dairy from cows, and see how this affects your skin. The key here is that everyone’s body is different, so you need to test your body and see if the elimination or partial elimination of dairy is going to be your road to clearer skin.

If you discover that your body really reacts well when you eliminate dairy and doesn’t seem very receptive to any dairy being introduced back in to your diet, the next step is to make sure you aren’t sacrificing vital nutrients that your body needs solely for the sake of your skin care. You must find ways to replace the calcium that you lost from no longer consuming dairy. Other foods rich in calcium include many different types of leafy greens, such as kale and mustard greens. Broccoli will also help replace some of that lost calcium. Lastly, sardines will sub the missing calcium in your diet – if you can stomach being a sardine eater, that is. You can also introduce calcium supplements into your daily routine.

Now that we’ve cleared up the controversy on dairy and skin health, you just have to figure out how you are going to live without lattes for a couple months.

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