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You know that sensation of triumph when you finally find something?
Understanding suddenly dawns, and you wonder how it took you so long to put two and two together.
That was the case with me and my skin. I suddenly realized that the key to maintaining my free complexion point was to cut the milk from my diet.
I was a long-time vegetarian, and I have to admit that I wasn’t very good at caring for my health and make sure I was eating a balanced diet.
In my opinion (incredibly research), all I needed was to eat a lot of cheese and eggs everyday to get all the proteins I was losing thanks to my meatless diet.
You see, that belief gave me a free pass to eat as much cheese as I enjoyed every meal.
This meant that my meals were incredibly dull and invariant, as I depended on the cheese for flavor and did not bother experimenting with spices.
But also, my skin was constantly burning, and I just couldn’t understand why.
Now, I have to admit that I, in general, have had a lot of luck with my skin.
I’ve never had a face covered in acne, even at the peak of my teen-age temperament. But I’d always have a few big spots on my face that were very visible and hard to cover up.
No matter how well I cleaned my face and or how many meds I was trying.
Oh, the different products I tried and the water I drank… didn’t matter, they kept appearing, and I just couldn’t understand why!
While traveling in South America, the lack of available vegetarian options meant that I trusted extremely heavily on the cheese, even more than I would normally do.
After a particularly pizza-filled week, I had such a big spot on my cheek that my face was so swollen looked like I had been punched.
That’s when I started putting two and two together. But it wasn’t until a good few months later, back to the territory, that ethical concerns led me to give veganism a try.
The results were quite instantaneous.
I didn’t drink much milk anyway, so switch to plant-based alternatives to my cereal didn’t make much difference. But removing all that cheese from my meals meant my skin suddenly cleared surprisingly.
The science behind it
Don’t do it!
I was sure I had cracked the reason behind my escapes, but I wasn’t sure if it was just me.
But once I started looking at the relationship between dairy and acne, I realized that a lot of people have the same problem.
It turns out that there is an abundance of research done in recent years that backs up the idea that there is a link between acne and the consumption of dairy products.
It’s even the fact that acne is all about inflammation.
Acne breakouts, as you probably well know, happen when the oil gets stuck in their pores and they become clogged, allowing bacteria to grow.
The body then responds with inflammation, which is why you have raised bumps on your skin.
And cow’s milk is certainly inflammatory
Cow’s milk is also an inflammatory substance. This is thanks to the concentration of a hormone called IGF-1 in milk. I make calves that have a lot of growing up to make a lot of good, but it’s not good news for your skin.
The combination of hormones in milk and testosterone within you means your body produces more sebum. It clogs your pores, and inflammation is worse.
What is more, dairy can also mean that dead skin cells clog together within their pores more than they normally would, making the problem worse.
Dairy products can also be difficult to digest for a lot of population, causing problems in our bowels. How our gut controls 70% of the immune system, when it’s unfortunate acne can be a symptom.
Although the reasons are still fully established, some people think that serum and casein, proteins found in milk, can exacerbate the problem.
However, there are often extras of these added to the skimmed milk so that it maintains its creaminess. So the whole milk might be a better bet if you can’t support the thought of switching to a plant-based alternative.
Will it work for me?
There is no single-size treatment when it comes to skin. Just because going free dairy made a big difference to me, there’s no guarantee that he’s going to be the key to you.
If you’ve ever noticed that you tend to go out after a bit of cheese or binge ice cream, it’s a good idea to try cutting dairy for a while and see if there’s any difference. It could take up to a month to see the effects.
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