Let's face it (and this one is a tough fact): dairy is not good for your skin. Although many dermatologists aren't jumping on the dairy-free bandwagon, most aestheticians can agree that your skin is better off taking a break from it. We can imagine you're not convinced yet, but hear us out. Your skin might thank you!
Basically, it all comes down to this:
- Dairy products contain hormones that cause inflammation and insulin spikes that cause problem skin.
- Dairy cause your skin to produce excess sebum (that's a fancy word for oil) that clogs pores and breeds lots of acne causing bacteria.
- All dairy products contain these hormones, unfortunately nothing is a safe bet. Milk, cheese, kefir, even raw milk can't escape it!
It's pretty simple, but the resolution is what's hard. Giving up dairy is never an easy task, but it can be done!
Simply put, start with a slow taper on milk/dairy products for the next 90 days, and make sure to keep note of all the changes in your skin. After that, start working in milk alternatives wherever possible, we recommend coconut milk (I mean, who doesn't like coconuts?), but definitely not soy, as it messes with your hormones as well, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
In fact, DE is going to make it a bit easier for you; here's some dairy-free substitutes that we highly recommend:
Rice Milk: Ideal for people with allergies to the nutty alternatives.
Almond Milk: A good source of Magnesium and Vitamin E.
Coconut Milk: Has a low starch content and and is soy, gluten, and cholesterol free!
Hazelnut Milk: Rich in Vitamin C and Folic Acid,
Oat Milk: Cholesterol free and loaded with Vitamin E.
Hemp Milk: Rich in Omega 3.
Cashew Milk: Contains 38% of your daily need of Copper.
Yes, you can sneak some brie every once in awhile. We won't tell. But for your next latte? Go coconut. Or almond. Or hemp. Go wild!