Different Milks

Different kinds of milk

Most humans were raised on cows milk. Naturally, these people continue this habit into their teens and adult life. But, if they are acne-prone, please move away from cow’s milk and move over to nut milk. Here are the reasons why.

If your hormones are troublesome and you’re suffering from persistent skin problems then milk, cheese and yogurt are some of the first things you need to cut out of your diet. Cow’s milk contains hormones that can react with the testosterone in your own body (yes, even—and especially—if you’re female), causing an increase in oil production (which can clog pores, leading to whiteheads, blackheads, and even hormonal cystic acne), as well as promote inflammation in your skin, which can worsen any skin conditions you already have, like keratosis pilaris or rosacea.

According to the American Journal of Dermatology, milk contains, on average, 60 different hormones including testosterone, progesterone, insulin, and a potent growth hormone called IGF-1. Which are present in all types of dairy; pasteurized, grass-fed, homogenized, raw, organic, yogurt, cheese, etc – there’s basically no escaping the acne-causing hormones in milk!

The biggest problem with cow’s dairy is a protein called A1 casein which can form the inflammatory opiate casomorphin or BCM7. BCM7 then stimulates inflammatory cytokines and mast cells, which affects periods because the uterine lining is full of mast cells. Uterine mast cells release histamine and they release heparin which causes heavy periods. Mast cells, histamine, and inflammation can profoundly disturb periods. And that’s why dairy can cause period problems.

Casomorphin’s drug-like effect explains why it worsens anxiety and mood disorders and causes cravings for dairy and sugar. Also why it causes withdrawal symptoms when it’s stopped.

The inflammation from A1 casein causes lymphatic congestion, metabolic suppression, and weight gain. A1 milk can worsen acne, eczema, upper respiratory infections, asthma, and allergies. It causes digestive problems, and not because of the lactose. It’s because of the massive histamine release from casomorphin.

When new clients come in for an Acne consultation, we always go over the diet that will help clear your Acne.