This started when I began finding both anedcotal and some scientific evidence about the connection between dairy and acne. All my life I have LOVED dairy, cheese, butter, milk, all of it. In one day, I have typically drank at least two cups of milk. I figured I was probably a poster child for dairy=acne.
I have aged out of facial acne (for the most part), but have been left with quite bad body acne. It has driven me crazy, I have tried so many things, they all work to a moderate extent, but I have not been in a swimsuit or worn a cute summer dress since that time I was on accutane, many years ago.
At the beginning of this experiment I had over 100 active and healing spots on my back (some smaller pimples, some cysts), I am now down to about 25, and my new breakouts have slowed down considerably. Up until this point my diet has been really good, my dairy was high-quality organic, and lots of fruit, vegetables, and so on.
The only acne treatment during this time was some spot treatments of bp, no soap or cleansers.
It is hard to be totally dairy-free, I had to go home for a funeral last month and ended up eating some dairy, it is hard to avoid entirely, but I figure throughout this experiment I have reduced dairy by at least 95%.
My goal is to do this for 3 months, and see where I am at then. So far so good! I am actually cautiously optimistic that this might really be helping. The worst sacrifice of dairy has been in coffee, it just does not taste good with any of the alternatives (soy, coconut milk) I have tried.
Interestingly, I have a niece and nephew who are now well into the teen years, and they have surprisingly clear skin, we were all expecting, since acne runs in my family, that they would have a dark future ahead of them, like we did. But guess what, they hate milk! My sister tries to get them to drink it, but they won't.
Edited by candlestick, 22 May 2012 - 10:37 AM.