I am an adult who suffered with acne as a teen and young adult, I also have 3 children (grown now) who had acne in different levels of severity. For many years I was an esthetician and a product formulator, and yet I could barely control my own childrens’ acne and oily skin problems. With all the knowledge and the plethora of skin care products I had access to, I was stumped many times as to what had caused a bad breakout and really WHAT causes acne.
Acne is a disease, it is cruel and punishing to the being who is forced to suffer through it. Tear, prayers, crazy theories, food changes, supplements, ice, sun, no sun, blue lights, red lights, I was forever researching and trying new things to help my children. Perhaps you know what I went through? And you may know that their lack of COMPLIANCE is the biggest problem. I can hear myself still….”did you wash your face and your hairline? did you use a washcloth? Did you exfoliate your back with the new back brush or sisal glove I put in your shower? Was your shower too long and too hot? Did you wash your face really good before you went to bed? Are you drinking 64 ounces of water every day? Are you touching your face again? Come here and let me try this new “Stuff” on you. Sadly, I asked them about homework and activities AFTER I was done drilling them about their skin.
I have had some great successes, albeit rather slowly for all the oomph I had put into this endless search, and there still remains the mystery of why one person has tight smooth poreless skin, and another person has the awful acne outbreaks. They can eat the same foods, live in the same place, drink the same water and yet have such different skin outcomes.
I will share with you in this blog everything I know or have experienced in regards to acne and oily skin in hopes that it will help you or a loved one who suffers with acne.
Diet – Ugghhh the dreaded “diet” conversation, right? So diet does have something to do with acne, and there are foods you can eat that will actually HELP acne, so this is not all about ELIMINATING, some things can be added to help.
Dairy – Cows milk has been proven to wreak havoc in our body, AND affect the immune system. Cutting milk OUT is an important step to clearing up acne.
Dairy can be extremely inflammatory and aggravate health conditions, such as: eczema, asthma, acne, mood disorders, autism, schizophrenia, many autoimmune conditions, especially type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and more.
Most of us grew up with the idea that milk is an important part of our diets, providing protein, calcium and vitamin D. As a naturopathic doctor with more than 10 years experience, I would now link dairy consumption to a whole range of health struggles. There are many other ways to get adequate nutrition without dairy in your diet, even for small children and in most cases the risk is consuming dairy is not worth the benefit.
How does dairy become inflammatory?
Casein and whey are the main milk proteins, and casein is the most abundant overall, and so, their are two genetic variations of casein depending upon the type of milk you eat or drink: 1. Casein A1 from most types of cow’s milk, and casein and 2. A2 from sheep’s or goat’s milk.
It turns out that Cows Milk=Casein A1 is usually the most problematic, because it is broken down into a harmful compound called beta casomorphin-7 (BCM7). This compound is actually morphine-related, which means it can affect your mood and actually cause cravings for MORE dairy products. This BCM7 oxidizes cholesterol at a high rate, linking it to heart disease, it creates inflammatory reactions in the small intestines, changes hormonal function, and the immune system. Casein A2 (goat) is LESS irritating to the system, but still has a good amount of bad news associated with it.
So, the idea that milk is an important part of our diet because of the calcium, protein and vitamin D, then linking dairy consumption to a whole range of health struggles is not far fetched. Good news is that there are other ways to get calcium, protein, vitamin D without dairy in your diet, even for small children and in most cases the risk of consuming dairy is not worth the benefit. An excellent way to get calcium is through dietary intake. Foods such as Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Okra, Collards, Soybeans, White beans are all rich in calcium. Also some fish, like sardines, salmon, perch, and rainbow trout are great choices for calcium increase through diet.
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