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FEED YOUR FACE: Why Dairy is Bad for Acne and How to Avoid It

I loooove Schweddy Balls—the new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, that is. However, if I indulge, I also know that I’m likely to break out on my chin a few days later. The reason? Dairy stimulates your body to produce a variety of hormones, including insulin and insulin growth factor, that can aggravate acne. While this research has been around since the ‘90s, most doctors are just now paying attention to it. I hope that eventually dermatologists will put this knowledge into practice and help people cut back on antibiotics and other pills. Here’s what to avoid if you have breakouts:

· Whole milk and full-fat dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and ice cream. Instead, try unsweetend soy milk or almond milk. If you can’t make that kind of commitment, then at least try nonfat, organic milk and dairy products, which have fewer cow hormones. (Hormones are concentrated in milkfat.)

· Beware of “hidden” dairy. Instant breakfast drinks, energy bars, protein drinks, hot chocolate mix, and even luncheon meats often contain dairy in the form of whey and casein, which are cow proteins.

· Stay away from creamy sauces, spreads, butters, and condiments like mayo, ranch dressing, and dips.

· Steer clear of creamy desserts like pudding and mousse -- unless it’s the dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate mousse recipe I shared with you a couple of weeks ago

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