Going Dairy Free
I have mentioned this on Twitter and Facebook already, but about a month ago I decided to cut all dairy (even hidden dairy that is in the sneakiest places) out of my diet in an effort to get rid of my acne and improve my skin once and for all (Also, it apparently helps keep migraines away too! I also suffer from those). I’ve done everything I can think of, used all sorts of acne treatments (which would either make it worse, do nothing, or would help at first but then it would get bad again), drank tons of water, etc. and nothing has taken care of it. So after reading about the link between dairy and acne, I decided to give it a go. I am not a good resource yet for a diary free lifestyle, so I suggest doing a web search if this is something you are interested in pursuing.
So far it hasn’t been as hard to give up dairy as I thought. I do miss things like cheese and butter, but it hasn’t been too bad. I have had a few set backs, because there are things I didn’t realize would have dairy in it. Some vitamin supplements I had been taking needed to be replaced, and there were a few other things that surprised me to learn had dairy in them. At this point I have myself well trained to check the label of anything I ingest into my body, so I think/hope next month will show even more progress. I did choose to eat dairy for a friend’s wedding, and while I was headachey for the next few days and noticed a tiny spot or two, it was nothing major.
So, onto my before. My acne history goes back to when I was about 15 years old. I am almost 35 (will be March 3), so I have been dealing with acne for a LONG time. The only times my skin was clear was when I was on birth control. I get everything from blackheads to whiteheads to cystic acne. This before is very typical of a breakout for me. When I say I get breakouts, I get BREAKOUTS.
Ugh. I hope you know how much I HATE showing you that photo, but if you and I are to gauge my progress at all it needed to be done. My skin breakouts come and go, and it is clearer than this at times. Occasionally worse, but that is rare (thank goodness).
Now onto my 1 month progress …
Not bad, eh? And this is even with a few bumps in the road regarding sneaky dairy and a choice to consume dairy. At this point I am focusing on fading the acne marks and am using a glycolic acid I buy at the drugstore (if you are interested, I can review it). When I wash my face I can no longer feel bumps under the surface waiting to erupt. My skin isn’t painful. So much redness has gone away. When I asked on Facebook about how often to do updates, the response I got was monthly. So until my skin is totally clear and I no longer have marks I will do monthly updates, and maybe talk more about my diet and what I used to fade the marks if you are interested in hearing about it.
So, so far so good. I have had nothing but improvement in my skin. While I had hoped after a month you wouldn’t be able to tell I ever had acne, I am a realist and know that skin needs time to heal.
Are you on your own acne journey? What has been working for you?