Both Kate Hudson and Natalie Portman credit their diet with fixing their acne. Importantly, they are both vegan, which means they both avoid dairy.
The relationship between acne and diet – Is dairy a culprit?
The link between dairy and acne is now scientifically-proven,
and both of these women figured it out for themselves. Since their complexions are a professional and personal matter, they did the work to make positive changes happen. By giving up dairy, they have seen excellent results.
And if you or your loved ones suffer from acne, dairy may be the cause too.
I’ve seen the connection between diet and acne in my dermatology practice for years. Long before the scientific evidence, I began to wonder about it. After all, teens and young adults consume a lot of milk products. They also eat a fair amount of junk foods like burgers, fries, pizza, candy, and other, sugar-laden products. All these foods are now known to be linked to acne. And dairy is uniquely to blame (as I wrote about previously in this article on how dairy foods biochemically lead to pimples).
How does dairy cause acne?
Eating milk-based foods activates systems in the skin that lead to changes in the pores. Acne is an inflammatory condition. And anyone who suffers from acne flare-ups knows how that goes... You go to bed and think that your complexion has settled down and clear. But then, you wake up in the morning, look in the bathroom mirror and are greeted by fresh, new zits!
If this sounds familiar, there are some things you can do about it. I believe dairy and some dietary drivers keep the acne switch on so the key is to get your diet in order.
Stop, or significantly minimize, the amount of dairy you consume and try to eat a healthier diet to set up your body's physiology to fight acne. Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey
If you continue to suffer “dietary indiscretions” (my term for that bowl of ice cream late at night or that cheese burger with fries!), the inflammatory machine will keep running in the background. With the inflammatory switch on, miss a single face-wash before bed or forget to apply a pore-unclogging product, and Bam! Pimples!
Learn more about the science behind the dairy and acne relationship.
My Dermatologist's Skin Care Tips to Fight Acne
While you wait for your new, dietary changes to yield results, you can also prepare your skin to collaborate with your acne-fighting efforts.
In my dermatology practice I combine benzoyl peroxide (kills the acne causing bacteria) with salicylic acid and glycolic acid (to penetrate oily pores and fight blackheads). I always recommend a good face moisturizer to fight dryness and irritation. I also recommend a broad spectrum oil free sunscreen to prevent acne scar hyperpigmentation. This is a powerful Complete Skin Care Routine to fight acne; it sets your complexion up to clear up fast.
I rely on my Ultimate Acne Solutions Kit with medicated cleansers and treatment lotion that include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid.
I'm just getting back into using Dr. Bailey's products as they had been the best for my skin. Back when I was in high school this kit was great! It helped me control acne when nothing else seemed to work, short of some serious prescription drugs. Using this kit felt like the killer combo and I'm grateful it was there. Thanks, Dr. Bailey! - Jeff
I recommend my Daily Face Cream to prevent dryness and/or skin irritation. I have included it in my Ultimate Acne Solutions Kit.
I use my Sheer Strength Pure Physical Sunscreens for the highest quality UV protection that fights hyperpigmentation of acne lesions.
The ideal acne-friendly facial SPF is my Sheer Strength Pure Physical Matte Tinted SPF 30+ Sunscreen Creme. The iron oxide tinting technology blends into all skin tones to appear invisible while it softens complexion flaws - such as acne. Even men love it for daily wear. As an added benefit, the matte base helps to absorb oil throughout the day to prevent shine.
How do Dermatologist's Treat Acne with Skin Care?
Your skin care routine needs to happen twice a day - in the morning and at bedtime:
AM Acne Skin Care Routine
HYDRATE where dry with the Daily Cream
PROTECT with one of the Sheer Strength Sunscreens
PM Skin Care Routine
CLEANSE, CORRECT and HYDRATE as above. No need for sunscreen after sundown!
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