The literature continues to mount regarding the link between dairy and acne, and in particular it would seem that those in the pre-teen – mid 30s are most influenced.
Several theories exist as to the causal link, though they all centre around the effects of hormones and hormone-like substances within milk.
If you suffer from acne and are considering dairy alternatives, do so under the guidance of a health care professional and consider the following:
cow’s milk is a good source of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin A though it is not necessary to drink milk/eat dairy solely to obtain these nutrients. Though you should choose your alternatives wisely, looking for fortified options, or supplement as recommended
ensure you are still getting adequate protein. A general recommendation is 3g per 100ml. Most likely almond, rice, coconut and oat milks will not provide sufficient dietary protein and thus require additional sources from the diet
seek low sugar – many plant milks are sweetened for palatability, which is likely to counter many of the anti-acne effects of making the switch. Look for ‘unsweetened’ varieties
avoid brands with lots of emulsifiers and thickeners e.g. xanthin, guar gum and soy lecithin which can be inflammatory for many people
have fun! have different milks for different days and use different milks in different ways – I made that little rhyme up just now, but I like the premise! I love almond milk in my coffee, a splash of coconut milk in my smoothies and cold soy based flavoured milk for a good ol chug from the bottle. As with your wider diet variety and moderation are always key 😉
Give it a thought, or chat to an Aescend artisan today for more information and/or referral.