Updated 9/7/14. Why does eating dairy cause acne cysts?
Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of substances that don’t agree with your body. For example, if someone is allergic to shellfish, they will break out in hives all over the body. The hives is the symptom of your body trying to rid itself of this allergen.
In the case of dairy, it is mucous forming and can be difficult for the body digest—which is why many people are lactose intolerant. So when you get too much dairy for your body to digest, it can come out in the form of cystic acne (hard, painful bumps under the skin) on the chin and jaw line area.
Why the chin and jaw line area? Since most dairy cows are given growth hormones, the consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt become factors that influence endogenous hormones and mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin to ignite the acne process.
The body may use the chin and jawline area to remove these excess hormones. There are a greater number of sebaceous glands in the face and since hormones are fat soluble, the body will use these glands as an avenue of excretion for fat-based hormones.
For cystic acne, you really only have three options available…
1. Get a cortisone shot injected into the cyst by a dermatologist. It definitely works, but you run the risk of a possible skin indentation. Read more about cortisone injections.
2. Dab on Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment immediately when the cyst forms and it will dramatically reduce the infection and cut the healing time at least in half. Trust us, it’s truly a miraculous product to treat cystic blemishes.
3. Try cutting out your dairy and see if that improves the condition.
In my 25+ years of being a celebrity esthetician and skin care expert and working with clients hands-on, I have cured many, many of my clients cystic acne simply by suggesting they reduce or cut out their dairy intake. I recommend cutting it out for at least three weeks to see if dairy may be the underlying cause.
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