Dairy has evolved to be a commonly discussed culprit with tons of researches suggesting the complicated relationship between dairy and acne. So, through this post, we will let you be the judge yourself, and provide you with all the information that we have.
What The Researches Say
Milk & Acne
The milk that reaches our nearby stores comes from dairy cows that are treated with artificial hormones to increase their milk supply. These hormones, along with the hormones already present in the milk, react with testosterone in your body (yes ladies have testosterone in their body as well). This combination can cause hormonal changes leading to breakouts. Furthermore, the human digestive system after infancy finds it hard to break down and digest lactose – the natural sugar present in milk. If you are like the 65% of lactose-intolerant people out there, lactose sensitivity or allergic reactions may be the cause of your acne breakout. Another theory states that the combination of dairy products with a diet high in refined foods and processed sugars disturbs insulin levels, which makes the skin more vulnerable to acne.
Cheese & Acne
Tips To Soothe Acne Breakout
- Rush to the nearby pharmacy and get an over-the-counter treatment. Look for treatments that contain alpha hydroxyl acids and salicylic acid as they help unclog the pores.
- Grab some coconut oil and mix it with a few drops of orange, cinnamon, tea tree, rose, or sweet basil oil. Use it on your skin as an acne-fighting remedy. Coconut oil possesses both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and is known as a great carrier oil to treat acne.
- After the breakout, stay away from oil-based cleansers and beauty products till the breakout subsides. Focus on keeping your skin dry and clean so that your pores can breathe and heal. Go for water-based makeup remover and oil-free cleansers if you have acne-prone skin.
- As many of your friends and family might have told you, picking or squeezing an acne blemish isn’t the best thing to get rid of it. In fact, picking an acne blemish introduces more bacteria to your skin, and extends the length of the breakout. Be patient after trying over-the-counter as well as DIY remedies and allow your skin enough time to heal.