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No Dairy Diet

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Five months ago, my face was relatively clear. Then I started consuming a large amount of dairy (mostly skim milk and yogurt). Since this change in my diet, my moderate acne has returned. About a week ago, I decided to stop eating dairy products, after reading about the possible dairy-acne connection on this site. Now, my acne is the worst it has ever been (well, the worst since I was a teenager, I'm mid-20s now). I was hoping someone with any knowledge or experience could offer some advice or opinion. Should I continue with no dairy? Is there a reason why my acne has gotten worse over the past 7 days after removing dairy from my diet?

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If constipation is an issue and if your acne is hormonal dairy will make ur acne worse. But some people including myself have gotten clear by drinking kefir as probiotics and white blood cells boosts the immune system. So try having yogurt and kefir if possible from goat milk and see if you still breakout. Also increase your zinc/vitamin A intake most probably from natural sources.

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The whole food/acne correlation is different for each person. Although dairy, wheat and soy are generally viewed as the biggest culprits for people with acne prone skin. If dairy, wheat, soy, and sugar absolutely caused acne, wouldn't the majority of the u.s. be a walking zit farm wub.png

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I'd personally keep up with it for at least a month to see if there are any changes. A week might not be enough time for your body to adjust. I went off of dairy in September....didn't really help my acne really I noticed when I have consumed dairy my face feels more oily than normal....However, I've stayed off for other reasons but indulged on Christmas and New Years....that and the large amounts of sugar and my face is STILL paying the price. My face is starting to heal but it is not an overnight thing.

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Thanks for the replies! It's been a few more days now and I'm still getting more breakouts than usual. I'll keep with it for at least a month though. I was just really confident that dairy was a huge factor for me b/c my dramatic increase in acne corresponded with my dramatic increase in dairy consumption, so I was surprised to see things get worse after cutting diary out of my diet. We'll see.

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My acne doesn't seem to be getting worse anymore. Still getting breakouts consistent with the past 5 months though. Just wanted to add one more thing here; when i changed to this high dairy diet 5 months ago, not only did my face acne return, but I got moderate chest acne. I had never in my entire life had any amount of body acne at all. For the past 5 months though, I have had consistent chest acne. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this.

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I was on accutane last year and my acne cleared up. I was so happy seeing how my face has progressed. Then early this year acne started erupt again. At first it was just tiny flesh colored bumps on my forehead but over the months it got worse and worse. I didn't know what was happening to my face. I contemplated whether to go on accutane again or not because I hear some people have to go on a second course of it. I decided to not do it due to reasons like how expensive it is and what a painful experience it can be (I suffered from the initial breakout for a few months and my face was in its worst state). I didn't know what to do. I was so frustrated and I found myself crying a lot because of the frustration. Then I decided to go on a dairy free diet. Before, I didn't really believe in this 'cure it from the inside' thing, or maybe I didn't want to believe in it because I love milky goods too much. But I wanted to give it a try because a lot of people say it works for them. Aside from the no dairy thing, I also try to incorporate more veggies and fruits in my diet and drinking at least 3 liters of water a day. It was a struggle not eating dairy as a lot of foods contain them but I have to say the biggest struggle of it all is the WAITING part. Some people say they saw results in 2 weeks but at that time my acne was still present. I started to think that maybe this no dairy thing is not for me but I did it still and I am so glad that I did because in 4 weeks my acne started clearing up. Usually I had a couple or more pimples everyday but now it's maybe one or even NONE. the scars are still present but you know what? It's a thousand times better than actual acne and I can easily cover it with foundation. I'm really glad and I feel very grateful.
For everyone who is suffering from acne, please give this a try. Try it for at least 4 weeks (or maybe more). The best advice that I can give you is to be PATIENT. You have to wait. There is no quick cure for acne. be patient and consistent! I wish you all the best.

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