Tuesday, September 28

No Dairy = No Acne

Over the past 2 years or so I have been having some issues with breaking out more often than normal. Especially around the jawline. This was concerning because I had never had acne as a teen or even when I was living with high stress in college or working in-house at a studio.

Within these same years I made a lot of life changes; improving my diet, exercising more, and trying to live a bit more stress free overall. Unfortunately, all of these wonderful changes did not really seem to be helping my cosmetic problem. I started getting frustrated, because I didn't understand why it was happening to me. I considered myself very healthy for the most part.

So I started to study about the topic, reading and watching everything I could get my hands on. I learned a great deal about it, but everything that was suggested didn't really work out for me.

The one thing that I kept ignoring was the fact that dairy products can trigger acne outbreaks. Dairy has natural animal hormones in them that are meant for their young, not for us. Therefore causing major health problems for many teens and adults that can be sensitive to them.

That's basically all of us. We are not meant to drink another species' breast milk. If you dwell on that thought, it's kinda weird to think about. Yummy! Another interesting fact is that early Caucasian people only started consuming dairy as a vitamin D supplement. Northern Europeans weren't getting enough sunlight because of where they lived. Most of us obviously don't have this issue because we get plenty of sun.

But stopping still bothered me, because I love my cheese! And I already gave up milk, substituting it for almond milk. I really didn't want to stop because I thought it would be too hard.

I finally gave into my curiosity because it was just too overwhelming. That, and I didn't want to live with acne any longer. I gave up all dairy, including cheese and butter. Substituting my butter with a really tasty organic vegetable spread called Earth Balance was easy. I can't even tell the difference with the taste. Giving up cheese was not as easy. I tried a soy cheese product first, but after looking closely at the ingredients found that it still had lactose (dairy) in it. So I just don't eat cheese at all anymore.

After a few weeks I noticed the difference! I just wasn't breaking out as often and after about a month of not eating dairy there was about a 80-90% improvement. I was very impressed and really couldn't believe that I had finally found the light at the end of the tunnel. It felt like a huge weight was lifted of my shoulders. Plus, it wasn't even that hard to change. I don't really miss it and I feel better because of it.

If you have similar problems, I highly recommend trying to cut the diary out. It help me immensely and I hope that it will do the same for you.

Other reasons to cut back or stop eating dairy:

Weight lose or other health issues - Dairy is fattening and contributes to obesity and other diseases. Ironically, it's linked to Osteoporosis despite all the advertising about "strong bones."

Animal cruelty - Most dairy cows owned by large factories are artificially inseminated, pumped with hormones, live on corn diets (not grass), and stay chained to their stalls. There are so many levels of "wrong" about treating animals like a product. I highly encourage you to do research about the farms you buy your animal products from.

Expensive - If you're not spending money on dairy, of course there will be a difference in the weekly grocery bill. But the real expenses come from the doctors/dermatologist visits and all the acne medicine you drop over the years. I have spent hundreds on the latter so far.  

Give it a try!

Worst case scenario if you give up dairy for a month:
Giving up dairy doesn't help in the least and you would be without some of the foods you enjoy.

Best case scenario if you give up dairy:
Acne and other health issue might be a thing of the past.

Cheers and happy living.