Acne and Dairy


Anonymous ~ I just wanted to share something that changed my life.  When I was younger, I had regular acne, but in my early/mid 20s, I started to get really bad, cystic acne.  The big painful multi-headed, slow to surface, recurring type.  Sure, it looked bad, but mostly I just was sick of my face hurting all the time.  I went to a dermatologist, who prescribed a face wash/topical solution (I was and still am afraid of Accutane).  It did nothing for the cystic acne.  Neither did Proactive.  Note: My mother also had this problem, starting in her 20s.  We thought it was just hereditary …

Finally, last year, my father-in-law mentioned that his mother had the same problem back in the '20s-'30's.  Her doctor told her to quit eating cheese.  I have since cut all cheese and butter (dairy fat), and most all milk from my diet.  I still occasionally use 1% milk for cooking (half soy milk-half milk for a given recipe).  I cannot convey how glad I am to have done this.  My skin is cystic acne free, but if I give in to cheesy temptation, I pay dearly in just a few days 🙁

I hope this helps anyone out there in their quest for cystic acne free skin.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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