Scientists are discovering more and more information about our bodies every day! Now, we know that some dietary choices can lead to acne. So, if you have severe acne, it may be time to start thinking about a new diet. Read on to learn which foods you should give up for better skin…
Dairy and Acne
Of course, as you might suspect, greasy foods are bad for your skin. They make you, um, greasy! Now, however, scientists are also realizing that foods that cause inflammation can make acne worse. Most notably, consuming dairy products can lead to severe acne breakouts. In fact, aside from oil and sugar, dairy is one of the worst things you can do for a clean, radiant face. According to a recent study, 85% of teens who experienced severe acne also reported high intake of milk and cheese.
“Studies have shown that dairy can raise insulin levels, which in turn increase the production of the hormone that produces sebum (an oily secretion), which may affect acne,” said Isabel Smith, MD, R&D, CDN, founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition, Inc. . “None of my clients see this, but many find that more dairy consumption increases breakouts.” If you find yourself with frequent breakouts, try cutting back on sugar and dairy consumption. “If you find that you can’t determine if dairy or sugar (or something) is an issue, try reducing it or cutting it out entirely and see if it improves,” Smith explains. “It’s the easiest and cheapest way to test.”
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Avoid milk and cheese for better skin
As mentioned earlier, less dairy also means less acne. However, New York-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, believes everyone should reduce their dairy intake. Not only does it cause acne, but because it causes inflammation throughout the body, it can also cause headaches, decreased immunity, indigestion, memory problems, and more. All the important nutrients in milk can be found in other foods. For calcium, you can turn to green leafy vegetables, dried peas, beans, fish, etc. At the same time, today, there are an increasing number of non-dairy alternatives, including non-dairy milk, yogurt, ice cream and cheese, that contain many of the same nutrients as their dairy-enriched counterparts.
Can’t completely give up milk and dairy products at all? Well, there are ways to minimize harmful inflammatory effects. First, choose milk from grass-fed cows. Second, try replacing some dairy products in your diet. Even if you can’t switch to vegan cheese – we don’t blame you – try substituting half of the coffee for cashew milk or something like that. This will also help reduce your sugar consumption!