Is Dairy Really Bad for Your Skin?
I just read an interesting article about Alanis Morisette, written by her, about her struggles with two eating disorders when she was younger – bulimia and anorexia. While eating right and exercising was the main focus of her article, she also brought up a fact that I remember hearing and even bandying about in my mind when I was younger.
The theory (I shouldn’t have said fact, I don’t believe it’s been medically proven, although it may be true for some people), is that milk and dairy products actually are bad for your skin and can cause and aggravate breakouts.
I remember seriously considering giving up milk, cheese, eggs, ice cream, yogurt, all these foods that I really loved (and thought I needed for the calcium) just so I could see if it gave me pristine skin. But alas, I never did follow through with it because I guess that my love of double cheese pizzas, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and cheese enchiladas ultimately won out.
And the poor substitutes for the real thing when it came to dairy subs? Well, they were ok for when you were dieting, but c’mon when you wanna be bad, it’s so fun to pig out on dairy. Even if it does result in a little painful stomach distention.
There are quite a few people, and of course many vegans (vegetarians who do not eat meat, fish, or any type of dairy product), of course, who advocate not eating dairy for health purposes and who also claim that it’s good for your skin. And there may be some truth to that, because Alanis Morisette isn’t the only one that I’ve heard say she gave up dairy and her skin has never looked better.
Has anyone out there gone on a dairy free diet regimen, and found that it has also cleared up their skin? We’d love to hear from you. I do think there may be something to it, at least for certain people. And it does make sense because dairy products are such a source of allergens for a lot of people – maybe it’s some sort of allergic reaction some people get to it?
Annnyway….would love to hear from anyone on this subject.