Acne From the Inside Out

By Lauren Allen

This may come as a surprise to many. All our lives we are taught that we need milk to grow strong bones and get the necessary intake of vitamins and minerals. Even our government recommends a daily intake of low-fat dairy products.

According to Devin Mooers, author of Clear Skin Forever, “without getting into the politics of the powerful dairy lobby and the origin of government nutritional recommendations, the truth is that processed milk and dairy products do more harm than good to your body in general”.

In other words, dairy may be causing more damage to parts of your body that you thought it was nourishing. If you struggle with acne, it may not be an issue of what is getting onto your skin. It may be the question of what you are putting in your body.

After years of study it is now confirmed that DAIRY CAUSES ACNE. According to researchers from Acne and Milk: the Story Behind the Connection, the reason that milk products cause acne is because milk contains hormones that “turn on” oil glands.  The cows that give the milk are pregnant and milking most of their lives.  These hormones are not injected into the cows – they are natural hormones that cows make during every “menstrual” cycle, but during pregnancy these hormones are produced continuously at high levels and so are found in all cows’ milk.

But how does the acne develop? Oil gland pores are plugged by the overproduction of the cells that line the pore – basically a “traffic jam” happens in the pore. There are several sources of hormones that cause this overproduction.  The first is ovaries or testicles, the second is the adrenal (stress) glands and the third is dairy products.

Long story short, avoid anything that comes from the south end of the cow if you struggle with acne.

So yes, there are other catalysts to acne, but dairy has been proven to enhance acne and produce more oil. With that being said, what can you do to stop all of this from happening?

30 DAYS IS ALL YOU NEED TO SEE RESULTS. Cut out all dairy in your diet- yes, that means no pizza and ice cream- and after 30 days you can reintroduce dairy into your diet at a slow and steady pace. If you wish to fully clear your acne, it is imperative that you avoid dairy products at all costs until you reach your mid 20s. Yes, having the occasional piece of cake at a friends party is alright, but if you wish to see results, keep dairy out of sight and out of mind.

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  3. Jenny - Support Your Beauty says:

    Hi Catie,
    I see more and more blogs discouraging dairy consumption to avoid acne. I don’t drink or eat dairy products because I’m lactose intolerant, but I still do get breakouts once in a while. I usually have those small almost-white zits on my forehead and my cheeks. I use mild face cleansers and oil-based toners because I have dry skin. Thanks for sharing!

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