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The 7 Skin Sins: Dairy


The 7 Skin Sins: Dairy


It's week 5 in our series on skin sins – lifestyle habits that can wreak short- and long-term havoc on your skin. We've already tackled four so far – dehydration, sugar, lack of sleep, and smoking – and talked about skincare and lifestyle changes you can make to conquer them. This week's sin is one that might surprise you: dairy. Read on to learn more about what your favorite breakfast beverage and number one cookie companion may do to your skin.

From milk to yogurt, and even cheese, dairy can have some surprisingly serious consequences for your skin. It all stems from inflammation. Unlike the red, itchy, and sometimes painful irritation that's a sign of acute inflammation from a cut or bruise, dairy can cause invisible inflammation in your organs – your skin included! Not only does your body waste energy trying to calm the irritation, leaving it more exposed to skin-aging free radicals, but it can also disrupt your skin's collagen renewal process – that means loss of elasticity and wrinkles over time. If aging, sagging skin isn't enough, long-term research has also shown a link between dairy and acne*. Luckily, there are skin-saving solutions! Here are 3 skin care must-haves for fighting back against inflammation.

1. Super Serum– Boost a weakened defense system and slowed collagen production with a serum that targets external stressors to fight lines and wrinkles. An anti-aging skin serum with active probiotics can help balance the skin's natural microflora, keeping it strong and younger-looking.

2. Broad Spectrum Sunscreen– It goes without saying that, dairy or no dairy, SPF should be the last step in your skin care routine every day – rain or shine. Don't miss frequently forgotten spots like the back of your hands, neck, and V-area!

3. Spot Treatment– For skin suffering from a dairy-fueled breakout, or any breakout at all, keep a benzoyl peroxide lotion on hand to treat individual blemishes and prevent new spots from forming. Wear it alone, or under your makeup, to invisibly fight breakouts around the clock.

Is your skin distressed from dairy? Tell us your biggest sin in the comments below and check back next week for another crime you might be committing against your skin.

*Source: SkinInc March 2013

2 Responses


You bring up an interesting point, Mardee! Dairy has health benefits for the body, and in some people also have a down side. This can differ in every person. (such as lactose intolerance). New studies and theories do link dairy to acne issues due to the fact that it can increase the hormone testosterone, which in turn can increase your skin’s oil production level (one of the trigger factors for acne). It can also cause problems in some people by causing inflammation in the intestines, and raising glycemic levels. Not being a physician, I can only share what I know as an esthetician. If you are really concerned about dairy intake as it relates to your health and acne prone skin, I would check with a physician to be sure, and work with your doctor and/or a certified nutritionist to choose the best diet for you.

Mardee Bertrand
Mardee Bertrand

Hello, I just read these very helpful skin sins. I had no clue dairy could be a culprit of my acne issues. I am a faithful yogurt consumer for the natural defenses it provides against “bad” bacteria. I’ve had a health issue in the past and eat yogurt daily because of it. I am 37 year old female and a bioelements costumer. I do have acne problems but afraid to eliminate yogurt from my diet. Can you give me any suggestions? Thank you, Mardee Bertrand

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