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3yThe connection between acne and milk has been a controversial topic for a long time; however, research studies have been able to show that milk causes acne. The studies have also shown that skim milk induces more breakouts than whole milk. The main factors that provoke acne are the hormones found in milk.

Hormones Of Interest

Milk contains many hormones; however, two have been shown to provoke acne. These hormones include:

DHT precursors: then main dihydrotestosterone (DHT) precursors are 5a-androstanedione and 5a-pregnanedione. DHT stimulates sebaceous glands creating an oilier skin that is prone to pore blockages. When most of your skin pores are blocked, the skin can't breathe properly thus acne results.

IGF-1: studies have shown that milk contains plenty of IGF-1 hormone which is important for calves, but not for you. IGF-1 is a growth hormone that makes the calves grow up big and strong. Studies have shown that the more milk you consume, the more acne you develop.

How To Get Rid Of Acne

For you to get rid of the acne provoked by milk, you need to eliminate dairy products from your diet. These products include: ice cream, cheese, kefir, and yogurt.

Since it's hard to wake up one day and resolve that you have stopped taking the dairy products, its recommended that you start slowly. For example, you should start by reducing the amount of milk in your breakfast. Once you are successful, you should then eliminate the product in your lunch and so on.

If you are truly addicted to milk thus you can't stop taking it, you shouldn't worry as there are many alternatives that you can go with. These alternatives include: organic full-fat coconut, unsweetened, coconut cream and unsweetened, organic coconut milk.

If you have the skills and time, you should prepare your own milk from nuts. Best nuts to go for are: Brazil and hazel nuts.

While the alternatives are great to have, you should be cautious as some of them contain high levels of sugar and vegetable oils that might worsen your acne. To be on the safe side you should consult your dietician before taking the alternatives.

Understanding Hormone-Free Milk

If you are keen, you must have come across "hormone-free milk." It's good to note that this isn't milk that doesn't have hormones-it's milk without synthetic hormones. It means that the milk was obtained from dairy cows that weren't given synthetic hormones.

Many people think that "hormone-free milk" doesn't have problematic hormones, but this isn't true. This milk contains IGF-1 hormones and other hormones thus it isn't good for your skin.

accAcne can lead to anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. To get rid of acne, you have to take the right supplements, avoid the wrong foods, and use the right products on your skin.

Zinc

Hormone imbalances can lead to acne. Zinc regulates the hormones in your body. There have been many studies done that show that zinc levels in people with acne are lower than people with clear skin. Taking zinc can reduce acne by up to 50%. Zinc reduces the production of (DHT) dihydrotestosterone. DHT is one of the androgens that contribute to the hormonal cause of acne. Zinc effectively stops the root cause of acne breakouts.

Probiotics

Many studies have shown that patients with moderate acne that took probiotics had significant improvement in their acne. Probiotics improved acne by reducing sebum content and decreasing skin inflammation due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities. If you take probiotics, you will see a significant improvement in your skin. Do not take any probiotics that include dairy like yogurt since dairy products have been linked to acne. I recommend that you take probiotics in pill form. I also take the probiotic drink Kevita, which is sold in grocery stores.

MSM

Taking the supplement MSM will soften the skin, improve the permeability of the skin and help clear pores. MSM contains sulfur, also known as the "beauty mineral." MSM helps prevent the breakout of acne by controlling the rate of keratin production and inhibiting the effect of androgens, such as DHT. MSM is very effective in treating acne.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D activates macrophages, a kind of white blood cell. Macrophages attack acne bacteria head on, helping to eliminate any trace of acne. If you can't get enough Vitamin D from sunshine, I recommend that you take 1000 IU of Vitamin D3.

Lecithin and Garlic

I take the supplement Kyolic that contains both lecithin and garlic. Lecithin nourishes the skin and attacks acne, whiteheads and blackheads. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties of garlic help prevent and get rid of acne. All of the Kyolic products contain both of these acne fighting properties.

Foods not to eat

Stay far away from dairy! There is a direct link between acne and dairy. If you have acne prone skin, avoid all dairy. Dairy contains hormones that increase sebum production. Dairy is one of the most inflammatory foods you can consume. Additional foods that you should stay away from include eggs, chocolate and nuts. Try to avoid sugar, grains, processed foods, vegetable oils, caffeine and alcohol. Vegetables you should avoid include broccoli and mushrooms.

Skincare products

According to research, five of the most common skin bacteria responsible for acne can't survive when you apply jojoba oil to your skin. Jojoba oil is very effective at healing acne and inflamed skin. Jojoba oil easily absorbs deep into the skin without clogging pores or making the skin feel greasy. Jojoba oil is anti bacterial, so it kills the bacterial infection that causes acne. Jojoba oil is a popular acne remedy to get rid of acne on facial skin.