Can Cutting out Dairy Improve your Skin?
If you’re a skincare junkie like us, then you know that skincare goes beyond what you put on your skin. What you eat and the lifestyle you lead also has a large influence on your skin and your overall wellness. Dairy is known to be a big contributor to skin imperfections and it’s worth looking into further if you have some pesky problems that you just can’t get a handle on.
Studies have shown that eliminating dairy from your diet can improve skin texture and tone as well as improve skin conditions like acne and rosacea. The reason behind this is that the different proteins and hormones found in dairy products can negatively interact with the hormones in your own body. Many of us have battled with hormonal acne, which is a great example of what dairy products do when they throw your hormones off balance.
The biggest irritant of the dairy food group is skim milk. The whey protein found in skim milk is very pro-inflammatory, which can lead to inflammation that manifests as acne and rosacea. Skim milk can also have problem-causing hormones that negatively impact your skin. In addition, the sugar found in skim milk can also be a reason for skin issues. Believe it or not, skim milk actually contains more sugar than whole milk! Those increased sugars raise your glycemic index and thus are known for flaring up acne.
Cutting out foods like milk, cheese and ice cream is a great way to give your skin a boost if you’ve been suffering from unexplained inflammation and redness. Cutting dairy, or at least skim milk to start, can do wonders for your skins texture, tone and acne.
Keep in mind that if you do choose to test this out with your skin it’s going to take time. You won’t wake up with a bright and clear face because you didn’t eat cheese for a day 😉 You need to give your body a chance to detox and let your skin follow. Typically you would start to see results in two to three weeks, but it could take longer.
Have you ever cut something out of your diet to see if it would positively impact your skin? Hit us up on social media and let us know about your experience!
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