It is often recommended to drink 3 glasses of milk a day to promote growth and help keep our bones healthy. Milk is rich in proteins, fats, calcium, sugars, but there is also the abundance of precursors of testosterone, progesterone, insulin as well as other growth hormones that can contribute to acne prone skin.
Milk tends to be an active part of our North American diets – from cereal in the morning to our coffees throughout the day. Some ways that milk triggers acne are:
- The testosterone in milk activates sebum glands to overproduce oils, therefore resulting in oily skin and the blockage of pores.
- Insulin in milk has an affect on the adrenal glands, which produces more oil and also impairs immune responses and low-grade inflammation from chronic stress.
- Testosterone and milk together, as a result, causes severely blemished complexions.
- The milk in sugar, known as lactose, spikes our insulin levels. This harbours perfect conditions for acne.
- Milk causes a massive surge in insulin, which contribute to the increase in insulin and basal insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) plasma levels.
- Increase insulin and IFG-I activates acne target genes, which in turn activate androgen receptors.
- As a result, comedones (also known as black heads and white heads) are formed, followed by the over production of oil in the sebaceous glands, and the inflammation of follicles.
Whether it is milk you bought at the grocery store, or organic milk, the overall composition of milk carry acne triggering compounds. In addition, the abundance of growth-promoting hormones present in milk are unsuitable for humans, which can cause other complications such as; obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
To reduce your acne, it is advised that you remove milk and other diary products from your diet. The restriction of milk consumption can increasingly contribute to attaining a clear complexion and increased health. There are a variety of other ways to intake calcium into our bodies, such as vegetables and beans.
For other acne preventative measures and to treat your current acne, contact our medical professionals at NewDermaMed and schedule your complimentary skin analysis today. We can help you get to the root causes of your acne and provide you with effective medical solutions to treat it.