If you suffer from acne, you might be wondering whether or not something in your diet is the cause of your bad complexion. The topic of dairy products causing pimples is a controversial one with differing opinions but read on for some information that could help you get informed.
Can Food Cause and /or Cure Skin Problems?
You’ll read many contradictory articles stating that something causes acne and then read another article saying it doesn’t cause breakouts. The official jury might be out on the matter but the fact of the matter is that food and drink does impact every aspect of our health and poor dietary habits can lead to skin breakouts. If we’re in toxic environments or consume foods and beverages that aren’t ideal for our health, our skin can show signs of being unhealthy. Conversely, if our bodies are healthy, it can show in every facet of our appearance, including our complexion.
But Isn’t Dairy Healthy?
Many people do rely on dairy products like milk for calcium and vitamin D, cheese for protein (especially if they are vegetarian), and yogurt for their probiotics. But dairy could be the culprit of your acne and for this reason, it might be advantageous to tweak your diet and see if it makes a difference to you.
Tip: Tracking your nutrition is wise. Keeping track of your food in a food journal on your computer or smartphone could help you ensure you get the right amount of vitamins and minerals, especially if you eliminate dairy from your diet.
Some Studies Reveal Dairy Could Cause Acne — But Why?
- Milk consumption could trigger hormonal changes in your body, such as telling your body to produce more sebum than average, which can lead to acne breakouts.
- Dairy can also lead to skin cell growth stimulation and insulin production and both of these can lead to breakouts as well.
- Another issue is that dairy consumption can cause inflammation in the body as your body fights off bacteria in that dairy food and this can lead to larger and more painful pimples.
Dairy may or may not be a trigger for you but it could be worthwhile for you to consider reducing it to see what impact the elimination of dairy does for you. This is especially the case if you’ve tried various prescription and /or over the counter acne medications and seen little to no reduction in breakouts. Some people state that reducing dairy results in much fewer breakouts and less severe acne as well. It’s wise to keep a food journal for this reason, too. It can help you see correlations between specific foods and your skin’s reaction. Beyond keeping track of what you eat, consider keeping track of the appearance of your skin. Do this for 30 days or more and then analyse the results. Do certain foods seem to have an adverse effect? Maybe it’s worth avoiding them.
Finding Dairy Substitutes
There are many dairy substitutes on the market. Some do take some getting used to but when many acne sufferers see the difference in their skin, skipping a milkshake and /or switching to soy or almond milk for their coffee can be a small price to pay.
If you decide to test a dairy-free diet to see if your acne improves, we’d love it if you’d share your results in comments here. And please consider signing up for the Acne Information Newsletter to be kept informed about news and information related to helping you get and keep clearer skin.