Does Dairy Products Cause Acne?

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about whether or not dairy products cause acne. Some say that milk, cheese, and other dairy products produce hormones in your body which leads to the production of sebum- an oily substance secreted by glands on your skin.

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Others argue that this theory does not hold water because some people who drink lots of milk have clear skin without any breakouts, while others with no history of consuming dairy still struggle with cystic acne. Still more think it's the fat content in these foods that causes zits to pop up all over their face! So what gives? Here’s what we know!

Dairy Products and Your Health

Dairy cows are often treated with artificial hormones that directly affect the milk supply. Many farmers give their cows some hormones to make them produce more milk. One common hormone is the IGF-1 growth factor. The IGF-1 is at its peak in the human body when they are in adolescence when acne is generally at its worst. Some studies have shown that IGF-1 with testosterone and DHT triggers breakouts and acne. 



However, not all dairy products or milk impact acne equally; some researchers have noted that mostly skim milk is the acne trigger. This is because skim milk is rich in high sugar load and whey protein, which further activates messengers responsible for stimulating oil glands: the more oil and inflammation, the more acne and breakouts. Besides, if your body accepts dairy products and does not cause any reactions, you don't need to avoid them.  

Can Your Acne Reduce If You Avoid Dairy?

Some researches have shown that hormones that are present in the milk might cause inflammation in your body. This inflammation further leads to acne, breakouts. Moreover, if you notice that your pimple is worsened or triggered by dairy products, then try few things to find it out.

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1. Make a food diary

You simply need to check how many dairy products you consume along with how your acnes go, just to check if you can find a link.

2. Skip dairy products during active acne

Try to eliminate all forms of dairy at the start of a pimple, and watch for two to three weeks if your face gets clear up faster than usual.

3. Eliminate dairy products for long-term

To really get an idea about cutting dairy products helping your acne or not, you need to eliminate the dairy for several months. Then, as breakouts come and go, you need to be consistent with this point to see the desired result. 

What Should You Try When You Are Breaking Out?

Even though excluding milk from your diet seems to ease your acne, it most likely won't be enough to clear your skin. For that, you require some things to follow in your skincare routine that can help you soothe your skin and calm down the acne. 

1. Incorporate over-the-counter treatment

Try to incorporate products in your routine that contain salicylic acid or AHA that helps to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. It also decreases swelling and inflammation which further helps to unclog your pores and improves skin health. 

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The best option to use in your routine is Bright Beauty Peeling Pads by Mello Beauty which contains salicylic acid, mandelic, and lactic acid. It gently exfoliates dead skin cells and boosts radiance.

2. Use products that contain hydrating ingredients

When you use active ingredients in your daily skincare routine, your skin becomes drier, resulting in acne or breakouts. Therefore, to prevent your skin from such issues, use products that contain aloe vera, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and green tea. All these ingredients work like magic to hydrate the skin and provides enough moisturization. 

My favorite hydrating product is 100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer, as it is formulated with the pure form of hyaluronic acid. It helps to enhance the skin's appearance and makes it bouncy. 

3. Try tree-tea oil as a spot treatment

The benefits of tea tree oil are limitless when it comes to treating breakouts and pimples. It is a very potent essential oil, so you should not apply it directly to your skin. Rather mix a few drops of tea tree oil with aloe vera gel, or you can mix few drops in any carrier oil or moisturizer. Apply it only to the required areas, and leave it overnight. It helps to calm down the pimple. 

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4. Avoid oil-based cleansers

It is great if you avoid skincare products that are oil-based for your oily-acne-prone skin. Instead, try to use products that are water-based or gel-based. It helps to remove all the excess oil while maintaining the moisture level of the skin. In addition, if you incorporate cleansers that contain rosehip seed oil, or green tea, that would be highly beneficial.

You can definitely try your hands on Rose Hip Radiance Cleanser by Mello Beauty enriched with vitamin A and C to deeply cleanse the skin. 

Therefore, it is not always the case that dairy products can be a reason behind your acne; sometimes, stress and wrong skincare products also trigger it. It is better to keep a check on your skin and health. If you have a severe skin issue, do consult a dermatologist. 

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