The Dairy/Acne Connection
In the weeks since I first eliminated dairy from my diet, my skin hasn't had a single new blemish. No stranger to trying to find a link between food and acne, I've tried everything from getting more omega-3's to giving up refined sugar, but nothing seemed to make a difference...until now.
Ironically, I've been aware of a connection between milk and acne for several years. Around 2006, I gave up drinking and using cow's milk in my cereal in an effort to rid myself of breakouts. I had read several studies which linked milk consumption to acne and this information inspired me to try an experiment: I would document my skin's progress during one month without milk. The only flaw in my plan was that I still continued to consume other dairy products. As a result, my findings were inconsistent.
It wasn't until I started my vegan efforts that I saw definitive results. Although I'd initially quit dairy in an attempt to clear my sinuses, at about 3 weeks in I realized that I hadn't had a single acne eruption during my dairy-free month. Not only that, but my skin was improving more and more in softness and texture every day. I was experiencing that 'healthy glow' that so many vegans rave about and, to my surprise, it didn't feel like I was depriving myself AT ALL without diary products.
Well-known vegan actor and environmentalist Woody Harrelson recently admitted that clear skin was actually his initial motivation for changing his diet:
I was about 24 years old and I had tons of acne and mucus. I met some random girl on a bus who told me to quit dairy and all those symptoms would go away three days later. By God, she was right!
After witnessing my own miraculous results, I may never return to cheese again.