Do dairy products cause acne? Yummy! Milk, Cheese & Cream

Do dairy products cause acne? Yummy! Milk, Cheese & Cream

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It’s been a debate for a few years but today we are ready to give you the tried & tested truth. Backed by scientific facts.

Why would dairy cause acne?

Let’s give you some hard scientific facts. Milk contains insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). IGF-1 is a hormone which helps the body build necessary tissues. Increased levels of IGF-1 can result in acne breakouts. And we can all agree the less of these we have the better.

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What about lactose free, grass fed & organic dairy products?

Cows that produce milk are pregnant and milking most of their lives. The hormones found inside this milk 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.

So unfortunately guys & girls, grass fed & organic dairy products are also likely to cause breakouts.

Does this mean I can’t enjoy dairy anymore?

We strongly recommend cutting out dairy completely. It will be worth the effort. Just imagine how great you will feel if your skin improves. Due to dairy allergy research there are plenty of fantastic alternatives to dairy products in todays age.

Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Oat Milk
  • Soya Milk
  • Soya Butter
  • Dairy Free Sunflower Butter
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coconut ice cream

Great news, lots of these alternatives are also fortified with calcium & vitamin D.

How long will it take to clear my skin?

If you cut out dairy completely you can expect to see results in 4-6 weeks. Also you will probably find that when the 6 week mark shows up you will no longer be craving dairy products.

Don’t forget to follow our top tips for acne here, as this is also important. For example high GI foods have a similar effect on your hormones to cows milk.

Please feel free to comment & tell us about any great dairy free products you have discovered.


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