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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!

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