Finally, once I am out of all that hell I’ve been through with my skin acne, I can tell you about it.
I’ve always had good skin. No acne, no large pores. Then, all of a sudden, I broke out in a beard of acne. Also my left cheek flared up. I didn’t know what to do. It was getting so frustrating. I was hoping it is something hormonal and it will go away. But no. It was just getting worse.
I started my research. One source after another would mention milk and dairy products as one of the main reasons of adult acne. And I couldn’t link it to my story. I was thinking “well, this doesn’t have anything to do with me, I don’t eat dairy products on a daily basis…” And then, I realized how many times a day I drink my cappuccino!!! And I use MILK!
A little prehistory:
December 9th, 2015 – I’ve got a nice birthday gift – a coffee machine. Not a regular one, but the one that also makes you cappuccinos and lattes. My coffee machine was working all the time when I was home. My obsession for cappuccinos went wild, it became so easy and quick to get what I want.
January, 2016 – Acne on my chin and cheeks. Every day I would get a few more pimples. That’s when I started panicking.
Why is milk so bad for your skin?
- The natural cow’s hormone IGF-1 that occur during pregnancy is found in the milk you drink.It is really good for baby cows, but not for you. IGF-1 is a growth hormone. It makes baby cows grow up big and strong, but in humans, it tends to make your acne grow big instead. IGF-1 is one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans, and which eventually lead to acne (and the ugly redness and swelling that makes acne so annoying).
- Milk and dairy products cause an insulin spike in humans that cause the liver to produce even more IGF-1, leading to even more acne.
- Dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to – you guessed it! – more clogged pores, more acne, and a breeding ground for P. acnes bacteria, which feed on your sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products.
- Dairy glues together dead skin cells inside your pores, so they can’t exit naturally, leading to clogged pores (and thus more acne).
To sum it all up, this hormone “turns on” your oil glands.
The best way to see if I am sensitive to these hormones was to eliminate the milk and any dairy product from my diet. That includes ice cream, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, kefir, anything that contains milk…. Looking at my reflection in the mirror, without a second thought I said: Let’s do it!
One month later… My skin was clearing up! Less oily also. I was so excited. A little upset that this would mean that I am sensitive to these hormones, but now I know!
I am not gonna lie, it didn’t just disappear and my skin looked just as good as before. Of course I have acne marks left. They are fading but they are still there.
Now, it’s been about 8 months since I eliminated dairy products from my diet and my skin improved a lot. By the way, I didn’t give up on my cappuccinos. I just use almond milk instead 😃 It is really delish actually.
Still fighting my acne marks. But I don’t have those terrible breakouts anymore. They are gone. I get a pimple or two once in a couple months now, but that is it.
My confidence is back now. I feel more inspired than ever. I am just back to normal.
Of course it might not be the solution for everybody who suffers of acne, but it doesn’t hurt trying. You have nothing to loose. There is a possibility you will get the best skin ever, how it happened in my case.
Too bad I don’t have before and after photos. I just was so stressed out about what was happening to me. Didn’t even think of capturing my skin progress. I didn’t even think of sharing this with you. But now that I see results, I just thought maybe it will be helpful for somebody out there. Maybe this would be the cure to somebody’s struggling.
Anybody else on a dairy free diet here? Raise your hand 😃Tell me about your results. I would love to hear your story.