Ask any dermatologist how to create a skin-healthy diet, and the first thing they’ll say is, “Cut out dairy.” Dairy, especially skim milk, is one of the most studied dietary triggers of inflammation, including acne, redness, and even eczema.
The science behind the dairy-to-acne link is murky at best; no one really knows why dairy triggers skin issues, only that it does. But one compelling theory is that dairy comes from cows who have been purposefully impregnated and designed to breed — and because of this, they produce more “bovine growth hormone,” which helps calves develop into adult cows and bulls. The human endocrine system is super-sensitive… so pumping your body full of growth hormones can mess with your natural hormone levels in a serious way, causing the sebaceous glands to produce more oil and in turn, leading to more acne.
The bottom line is: If you struggle with skin issues, cut out the dairy and you could see improvements.
However… there is a way to incorporate dairy into your skincare routine for clearer, softer, smoother skin. Just put it on your face.
I’ll admit that sounds a little weird, but different types of dairy — including yogurt, goat milk, and camel milk — can actually be beneficial when applied to the surface of your skin. I personally do a yogurt “facial” once a week to keep my acne-prone pores happy, and I love the results. Here’s what you need to know.
Yogurt For Skincare
Yogurt — the regular, full-fat kind — is a natural source of both probiotics and lactic acid (two ingredients regularly found in fancy skincare products). Probiotics help replenish the “good” bacteria on the skin’s microbiome, which helps crowd out the “bad,” acne-causing kind of bacteria. Lactic acid gently exfoliates, buffing away excess dead skin cells to leave your face looking glow-y and fresh. To reap the benefits, slather a thin layer of yogurt on your face and let sit for 15 – 20 minutes before you rinse off with water. Do this once a week, and you’ll see clearer, more radiant skin in no time.
Goat Milk For Skincare
Those with sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, or garden variety dryness will be amazed at the power of goat milk — it’s one of the most soothing substances in existence, and can take down an inflammatory reaction like that. The reason for this is that goat milk is full of natural fatty acids, which help build up the skin’s barrier and lock in moisture. It’s also a great source of vitamin A, an ingredient that’s been shown to promote blemish-free, younger-looking skin. The best way to incorporate goat milk into your skincare routine is with a dry, powdered version. Mix a tablespoon of powdered milk with a tablespoon of water, apply to the face, and let dry for about a half hour. When you wash it off, I can almost guarantee your skin will look instantly calmer.
Camel Milk For Skincare
Ah, camel milk — one of Cleopatra’s favorite beauty secrets and now, one of mine, too. In addition to lactic acid and fatty acids, camel milk boasts lanolin (a substance that binds to water, keeping skin hydrated) as well as iron, copper, zinc, and vitamin C (vitamins and minerals that are essential for skin health). Vitamin C, specifically, is a skincare powerhouse: It encourages the natural production of collagen, brightens hyper-pigmentation and acne scars, and acts as an antioxidant to neutralize the effects of pollution on the skin. Again, powdered camel milk is best (and easiest to find!), and you can apply it as a DIY mask, just like the goat milk option above.
The moral of the story? Don’t feed your face with dairy — treat your face with dairy.
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