Acne , Sugar and Dairy

Inflammation

Acne, Sugar Dairy! Why Is it a problem!

There are different types of skin reactions caused by inflammation in the body, and one of them is Acne. Today, I am going to talk about the relationship between Acne, Sugar, Dairy. Skin is one channel used by the body to eliminate toxins, so most of the time what is happening under the skin or body is reflected on the outside.  What I am saying is beside genetics, diet is mostly part of the problem for skin inflammation and can also be used to solve the problem if the diet is well planned and thought of. The following are some of the causes and  issues related to skin inflammation:

  • sugar
  • dairy
  • stress
  • emotional disorders

One thing sugar, dairy, and acne seem to have in common whether ingested or the environment, they seem to affect the hormones to a greater extent and causes all sorts of problems for most people. Sugar is highly inflammatory when used excessively so is dairy products including milk. These products when eaten in their raw form, not processed can be good for you if you make them part of a healthy diet plan.

What Worked For Me

Patiencea The skin is a channel of eliminating toxins of whatever the body is trying to get rid of, so treating the facial skin as a way of trying to get rid of acne is not necessarily going to work. You are only scratching the surface of the problem that lies beneath.

What worked for me was the elimination of sugar and dairy products especially dairy milk. For some people, it is a skin condition that needs a visit to a skin specialist. When I stopped eating these products  I certainly noticed a difference within 2 weeks of total abstaining which was kind of amazing. I am quite a strong-willed person, after doing my research I immediately stopped these products and I made sure I reduced the level of stress in my life as well. I did slowly introduce a bit of dairy in my diet after probably 3yrs because I wanted to make sure it was gone. Now I am in control and conscious of when to stop. To be honest the top habits that worked for me was CONSiSTENCY and PATIENCE.

I am not a huge fan of aqua (water) but I also know the importance of keeping the skin well-hydrated. So I normally hydrate through my love for tea and I try and drink much of that especially in summer and lots of soups in winter. Because here in Western Australia temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius.

A Bit of Science  “Acne Sugar Dairy”

Skin Layer

Acne is caused by a combination of the skin producing too much sebum an oily “fatty” substance secreted on the skin to keep it lubricated and waterproof.  The presence of sebum is actually good since it protects your skin from losing moisture. Too much secretion of sebum can then be problematic for many people as it causes the skin to get clogged and cause inflammation or breakouts. Processed foods have chemicals and additives that contribute to the spiking of blood sugars in your body and when this happens the hormone levels increases as well. In fact, there is a lot of added hormones in dairy milk and this is a cause for concern according to recent studies.

My experience with acne, sugar, and dairy was agonizing. I have had acne from my teens into most of my adulthood and could not get rid of it no matter what I tried. Acne really does take away a women’s pride and confidence and I am a true testimony to these things. I always felt I was not beautiful enough, on top of that if I tried using any facial cleansers on the market I always had bad reactions because of many chemicals used in them.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can work if you find one that agrees with your skin.  However, in the process of all this, I fell in love with one moisturizer that is free from any preservatives and is good for the skin inside out. Coconut Oil  Coconut oil is lighter for your skin and does not clog your pores like other oils do even if you already have oily skin. it has lots of medicinal properties including anti-aging properties.I never gave up trying different remedies, to find something that will completely regenerate and clear my face to what it is meant to be. What I like about what worked for me is I do not have to add extra routines to my already busy life and all I have to do is just take care of my diet.

Having said that I am aware that we are all different and react differently to different remedies and food. What I am sharing is my research and experience on the relationship between sugar dairy and acne.

What to do

  • Clean your skin with clean water before bed and keep it fresh in the morning and throughout the day
  • Eat well, try to eliminate sugar and dairy product in your diet and see what happens. For some people, diet is the solution be patient if you want to see real results
  • Live a balanced life. Live in the moment and try not to worry about things you cannot change, and change things that need changing
  • Stay hydrated (whatever your hydration link is)

Whatever you do, do not stop until you see the desired results.

All the best

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Healthy and Food Enthusiast. Love life and keeping fit. I am also an Interior Designer but love food more! I believe in doing things you love while you can.

Angee xx

14 thought on “Acne , Sugar and Dairy”

  1. Lynne

    Hi Angee,
    Interesting article. I’m curious about the coconut oil. Do you use that now as a facial moisturizer? How can it work so well when you are putting in oil on your face? Does it have a scent? Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lynne
      Coconut oil is amazing on your skin. I have been using it for the past 5 years and my skin feels amazing. It has a lovely interesting tropical note, sweet and refreshing scent. According to recent studies, coconut oil is a good moisturizer as it has the ability to keep your skin hydrated without clogging your skin pores as other oils do. Before it was thought to be bad for your skin but recent studies have shown that fatty acids found in coconut oil is quite good on the skin to use as a topical treatment oil. It also has lots of medicinal properties including anti-aging properties

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  2. Wendi

    Angee. I really enjoyed your article. It was really helpful. The moisturizer with coconut oil interested me.
    I know for me personally, when I started drinking more water as a teenager, my acne seemed to just clear up on its own. I always wondered if it could have been because I started drinking more water. Thanks for the info.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Wendi
      Water is absolutely a natural cleanser although for some people it doesn’t seem to have much effect when it comes to detoxifying. Water does help to clean toxins from the liver which in turn leads to clear skin and adequate supply of nutrients where they are needed in the body. So yes Wendi water is an absolute number one factor to maintain health and excrete toxins from our body. Thanks for your contribution.

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  3. Dwight

    Hey Angee,
    Great article, I didn’t know your diet affect your skin so much. I struggle with eczema, do you think if I cut out dairy it would help much? & I use coconut oil myself but have found rosehip seed oil to be a bit more hydrating

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    1. admin Post author

      Diet is absolutely the number one contributor to how we look outside bad or good, unfortunately. I also believe food is the best medicine available on earth if and when consumed according to a well-planned diet. Eczema is linked to an overreaction of the immune system to an irritant. This again is possibly linked to irritants found in our diets, so things like the added chemicals used in foods for flavour enhancement and preservatives could contribute a lot to skin inflammatories. I would recommend eating as clean as possible fresh and non packaged foods that are free of preservatives and see how you go. Eat organic produce where possible as they have not been sprayed with chemicals that could also be irritants to the human body. I also encourage people to grow their own veggies and herbs which is the cheapest way to eat organic. Fractionated coconut oil is also good to keep your skin hydrated without clogging your pores. Hope this helps.

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  4. Abbee

    Such an informative and helpful article, Angee! I am totally in agreement with you about treating skin conditions with diet instead of only using topical treatments. I do have a couple of questions for you, though: First of all, I have noticed that eating chocolate has consistently caused acne problems for me–moreso than other sweets. Do you know why this might be? Also, you mentioned using coconut oil topically; would you recommend fractionated coconut oil for skin care?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Abbee
      First of all, all chocolates have caffeine which can be another inflammatory ingredient to cause breakouts. So it might not be chocolate on its own but possibly an overload of caffeine in your body or a combination of what I have just talked about in the article. Fractionated oil is lighter and therefore great as a carrier oil for helping other beneficial oils to penetrate the skin. The skin absorbs it quickly without clogging the pores and can be beneficial for oily skin. Hope that helps.

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  5. zahub shahid

    Dairy is absolutely horrible for the skin, that’s a given fact. I realize the dangers of sugar for the skin as well, but does that mean you completely removed sugar from all of your diet? The only source your brain can run on is glucose so I would assume that isn’t the best idea.

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    1. admin Post author

      The objective is not to remove all sugar from your diet but limit the damaging sugars like sucrose (white table sugar) I do agree glucose is important for the brain but we have to understand that glucose is not only made from sugars, the body can actually make it from other sources like protein or fat(gluconeogenesis). Thanks for your contribution.

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  6. Ganesh

    Good post, it can be really helpful for anyone who want to get rid of acne by getting balanced diet. As acne can be caused by many factors, but start with basic always best for anyone.

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  7. Jill

    Hi Angie, It is frightening how much we humans are subjected to all these outside elements in, sugar, milk and wheat that affect our health so badly. It shows in the skin first but soon we find it affecting the rest of our body. Acne is so hard to clear. Thank you for this really good post.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jill
      I couldn’t agree more with you how frightening it is as now as they hide sugar in products with fancy names. Words to look out for in food that we consume on a daily basis is measurements of fructose which is a fruit based sugar, sucrose processed table sugar and lactose sugar found in the dairy products. Thanks for your contribution Gill

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