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We finally uncover the truth about the relationship between dairy and your skin.
For years we’ve been told by our mothers and peers that everything you eat will eventually end up showing on your face. #at slice of pizza will evolve into a zit on the forehead, or that delicious bar of chocolate will magically transform itself into blackheads on the nose ' eek! We keep hearing those tell-tales, only to be debunked by our dermatologist who insists that it has no relation whatsoever and blames it on hormones, weather, hot showers, etc. Well, we’ve had enough and it’s time we delved deeper into our diet to identify the culprit behind our bizarre breakouts. We zeroed in on dairy’s e"ect on skin because, let’s face it (no pun intended), dairy is the new gluten. It seems the latest 'in' thing is to be lactose-intolerant and ordering soy this, almond that. But before we ditch the ice cream, swap our lattes for americanos and bid adieu to brie, let’s investigate this matter further. According to California-based physician and nutrition expert Dr. John A. Mcdougall, MD “the most serious mistake a person can make is to believe cow’s milk is a “good” and necessary source of calcium. Heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, arthritis and infectious diseases are only few of the common consequences of drinking milk from other animal species.” #e belief stems from the fact that cow’s milk should be just that ' cow’s milk. Many believe that cow’s milk is loaded with hormones unsuitable for human consumption. #ese hormones in turn promote digestive and skin problems. You wouldn’t know it from those clear-skinned celebrities from the “Got Milk?” ads, but a study carried out in the May 2006 issue of Dermatology Online Journal found that adolescent girls consuming two or more glasses of milk daily compared to girls consuming less than one glass, had 20% to 30% more acne. #e study proposed that milk protein causes a rise in the body of a powerful growth hormone, Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), which promotes acne. #is study can also be applied to other animal milk such as goat milk, since all animal proteins and isolated soy proteins cause a signi!cant rise in IGF-1 levels in the body. #is is not new information: a study linking acne with diet dates back to the mid1960s, when Dr. Jerome Fisher, a Pasadena-based dermatologist, collected dietary histories on more than 1,000 of his acne patients. #e results showed a 50% to 300% increase in milk consumption in acne patients in Pasadena over their non-acne su"ering counterparts in New York. Further, limiting dairy intake in the Pasadena group led to a drastic improvement of their acne. Studies also showed the same results for test subjects consuming skimmed milk rather than full fat milk. Dr. F. William Danby, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Dartmouth Medical School elaborates “milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne” adding “milk raises insulin levels and Insulin-like Growth Hormone-1 (IGF-1) levels. #ese two polypeptide hormones work together to open the male hormone receptors ' also known as androgen receptors ' that turn on acne, and this happens in both males and females. Milk also contains several male steroidal hormones that go directly to those open receptors, so it’s nature’s perfect food for making acne.” #is is also true for milk by-products such as cheese, but not so for butter since it goes under a di"erent process which signi!cantly decreases the presence of those hormones. While the evidence against dairy is strong, we still !nd a lot of people blessed with unbelievably good genetics that are able to scarf down a grilled cheese sandwich while gulping a huge glass of milk and still maintain the clearest skin. #e reason being their bodies have no problem digesting dairy and are not predisposed to acne. Dr. Danby explains, “some lucky people don’t have the genes to make acne. #ey’re the ones with the faces that up close seem to have no pores—lucky them.” Of course, there are still numerous doctors who aren’t joining the #ditchdairy movement and still stand by milk’s bene!cial attributes. Dr. Michael Holick, MD, PHD says “I drink three glasses of milk a day. It’s a great source of calcium, and whey is a great source of protein and essential amino acids. I don’t buy the argument that it’s not digestible at all. Certainly not everyone has a lactase de!ciency; if they did, there would be a global culture of not drinking milk.” So before cutting dairy, which is still a very important source of calcium and vitamin D, out of your diet, ask yourself: does consuming dairy cause me any discomfort, bloating or lethargy? Do I notice more pimples on my face a(er a weekend of binging on ice cream and enjoying wine and cheese? If you’ve answered yes to both, try cutting or limiting dairy for two weeks and see how you feel and how your skin looks. Dermatologist Dr. Doris Day advises "when deciding if a product or food is an irritant, I recommend !rst eliminating to see if there’s a measurable di"erence before adding back in small amounts. You might have a threshold for your tolerance." If you are one of those blessed women who can eat their worries away without having to worry about their waist line or porcelain skin, then by all means, eat away and bon appétit!