Day 37 of 365 | The Carnivore Diet Experiment! Dairy and acne….
Hi friends: It’s day 37 of 365 of the carnivore diet experiment! Did you know that there was a link between dairy and acne? It’s been several days since I would re-introduce dairy into my diet. Don’t freak out, many carnivores do consume dairy products. I decided I would exclude dairy for the first month because I suspected that dairy and my acne were connected. I noticed that once I stopped consuming dairy my face started to clear. Keep in mind that I have had acne seen I was a teen. I am now dealing with adult acne.
My acne was pretty brutal. I had cystic acne. My cystic acne has caused damaging and permanent scars on my skin. I have been told that cystic acne is one of the hardest types of acne to successfully treat. Unlike pimples, acne cysts form deep below your skin tissue and do not come to a head. Cysts are similar to nodules, except for the presence of pus. I have been on acne medication for over 30 years. I stopped taking acne medication about 5 years ago because I wanted to deal with my skin issues naturally. I also wanted to find a natural remedy to get rid of my scars.
In the past, I would use loads of foundation to cover the new pimples and the scars. Of course, the makeup made my acne worse. I saw a minor improvement when I stopped wearing makeup. I saw a major improvement when I stopped washing my face with over the counter cleansers and decided to just use water. I noticed that my husband only used water on his face and he has had zero acne. I also decided to use aloe vera gel from the plant directly and black seed oil to moisturize my skin. First I applied the aloe vera gel. Then the black seed oil. I do this before going to bed. I apply a small amount of black seed oil daily. A little goes a long way.
When I did the carnivore diet challenge in the summer I noticed that what drastically cleared my skin was the elimination of dairy and eating just meat. The negative part of this is…I love cheese and milk. I read that goat milk and goat cheese was a great alternative. I did have a cup of goat milk and a small amount of cheese and I was fine this morning. However, I will not be adding dairy back in. I may have some once in a while but that’s it.
What I am about to tell you is very important. All of the years that I visited dermatologist regarding my acne. Not one of them told me to eliminate dairy when in fact dairy was the cause of my issues.
I’m not exaggerating here – if you have acne and you are getting the scars. The best advice I can give you is to remove milk and dairy products from your diet. It is probably the absolutely most effective thing you can do to clear up your skin. This remedy will not cost you a dime!
According to clearskinforever.net milk causes acne because…
- There is an abundance of a hormone called IGF-1 in milk, which is really good for baby cows, but not for you. IGF-1 is a growth hormone. It makes baby cows grow up big and strong, but in humans, it tends to make your acne grow big instead. IGF-1 is one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans, and which eventually lead to acne.
- Milk and dairy products cause an insulin spike in humans that cause the liver to produce even more IGF-1, leading to even more acne.
- Dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to – you guessed it! – more clogged pores, more acne, and a breeding ground for P. acnes bacteria, which feed on your sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products.
- Dairy glues together dead skin cells inside your pores, so they can’t exit naturally, leading to clogged pores (and thus more acne).
Apparently, the dairy and acne effect is well documented in the literature. In the last decade, a number of studies have found a strong link between the consumption of milk and the increased occurrence of acne.
The take away from this was I wanted to try goat milk and cheese to see how my skin would react. Deep down I knew the answer but I didn’t want to let go of my dairy products. They are so yummy and such a nice treat. What is important is this fact….Dairy does cause acne whether it’s cow’s milk, cheese, goat milk. They all have the growth hormone. So I will avoid it and but I can’t promise that I will not have it once in a while.
Today’s dinner was a medley of seafood such as shrimp, clams, squid and octopus. I also shared some rib-eye steak with my daughter.
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