After consuming little to no dairy for roughly 5 months (there were a couple of times where I ate it in small amounts accidentally), I will say that it cleared up my back and chest, but not my face. Nice, but not what I really cared about. I do, however, like the way my body feels now. I think by needing to avoid dairy, I've also ended up avoiding a lot of the "bad" foods I used to eat a LOT of before, because dairy is basically in everything in one form or another. And while I'll probably start eating pizza again occasionally, I think I'll continue with this diet because of that, and the fact that it DID improve the skin on some parts of my body at least.
I made an account just to write this review. It may seem difficult at first, but please try to avoid dairy(rice milk is a wonderful alternative). The horrible cystic acne I used to get went away completely. Sure, I still get a pimple here and there. However, they're super small, and go away within a few days. When you cut out dairy; you cut out a lot of bad and sugary foods, too! Along with this, opt for gentle cleansers. Try and treat your skin like a baby. No scrubs. No fragrance. Look at Cerave and LaRoche Posay. Go look up Dr Dray(dermatologist) on youtube and korean skincare routines. Changed my skin for the better, and I hope it'll help someone else :)
I had acne for 20 yeras and I don't believe it was so simple to eliminate just stop eating/drinking dairy. It was like magical for me, it stop right away! Of course it took a wile to get ride of the one that was already there, but it works! I fell very angry because I went to several doctors my hole life and I got so many drugs that made me so sick! The pills gave me severe migraines that i had to go to ER when I was only 15 years old. I kept going to the emergency for years and doctors keep pushing me the contraceptive pills, telling me that I had POS and that was the only way for me. And imagine that the POS stop when I stop to have loads of sugar and processed food! The acne got better when I stop with sugar, but I had still acne coming. And getting ride of the milk it was the magic! Now I have scars that I am eliminating with micro needle. So I will tell my magic: No dairy, no sugar (just in fruits- eating the entire fruit, and not just the juice - the fibres are essential for the sugar doesn't mess with your hormones) Eating tons of different types of vegetables, good wholefood organic multivitamins, water and exercising! I wash my face with Castile soap, hidrate with organic argan oil, and organic Vitamin C- everything is 100% natural. My skin and my hair is better than ever! And everything else, my digestion, body, energy, humor, rinites, migraines! Everything got better! I just wished someone had told me that when I was 15.
It's been 9 weeks since I went off dairy. I'm still drinking lactose free milk. Bacne has disappeared, acne on face has cleared except for at period along jaw. Even cellulite seems to be improving. Less sebum produced by skin. Highly recommended. Have suffered from acne for 13+ years. Commit to it for 8+ weeks before deciding whether it has worked for you or not
When I was younger I never really had acne. A few pimples every couple of months, but that was it. After I had my daughter I started having horrible acne that just kept progressing! They were cysts and mostly on my chin (sometimes nose and near eyebrow) and I tried everything. Stuff helped such as aloe Vera gel, salicylic acid, and spot treatments but nothing prevented it. Some cysts would stay for 2 months+ and I was just so damn embarrassed. I would try to hide my face, cry, everything negative. I'm 21, almost 22 so I've been having it since I was 19. I read about dairy causing acne so I decided to give it a try. When I say I gave up dairy I mean everything, not just milk, cheese, and ice cream. I look at ingredients and make sure there is NO dairy! That means snacks, certain bread, and so on. I have been doing this 5 days and my acne started going away and I haven't had one pimple since! I honestly can't believe it! I also avoid all meat except certain fish. I still eat sugary snacks and junk food, so I believe it's dairy in general. I say give it a go and avoid ALL dairy and meat for Atleast 3 months. Although it works for some, nothing works for all. & remember most people have acne! Don't feel alone!!
I have struggled with severe acne for almost 20 years. It was all types but mainly cystic all over my face. The last year was the worst and I am 33 years old. My face had small bumps all underneath my skin and I was never without cystic acne. Finally I gave up lal dairy and seen no improvement the first two months and then I could see my skin was purging all the stuff that was under the skin and they were all coming to a head. By 4 months I had only a few bumps left under my skin and maybe one cystic spot that month. Now at 6 months my skin is completely clear, even when the sun shines on my face there isn't one bump on my face. I have tried everything too and this was my last hope. The key is to not give up and to cut down on your sugar intake also. I have heard of other and taking up to 9 months before seeing huge results but the good thing is once it's gone your whole life changes.
I've had acne for four years and found that it was just getting worse and worse. I had tried everything to get rid of my spots and even went on antibiotics twice but it barely did anything and my skin began looking severe, mainly on my chin and forehead. I would never wear makeup so I knew that that wasn't the reason for my acne, but I had lots of dairy products every day. However, I didn't think that that was the reason as I ate healthy meals, never had fast food and found lots of articles online that stated that your diet has nothing to do with your acne. Four months ago my skin began getting extremely bad so my doctor recommended going on accutane. He made it clear that it should be my last resort because of the side effects, so I decided to go on a plant based diet to see if my skin improves. This lasted for just under a month, the day after I had my first day just eating salad and fruit (I took spirulina for calcium and protein and mixed that with a teaspoon of honey and a whole lemon to take away the taste of it- it didn't taste too bad) my skin already improved A LOT. I also felt a lot more awake and I didn't bloat at all. A week past and my skin completely cleared, I was just left with a load of red acne scars all over my skin and forehead (which I still have). I gave up my plant based diet so I could eat fish and eggs, but completely got rid of meat and dairy products out of my diet. I have a shot of vinegar every morning as well as a cup of green tea which is left overnight so all the nutrients go into the water. I have oats for breakfast everyday which has maca powder, and I still have spirulina. I only use fruit as my source of sugar. My skin sometimes breaks out on my forehead and a tiny bit on my chin, but I think that it's hormonal, my skin gets back to normal within a week. Sometimes I will have a small pimple or too as well, but it's nothing compared to what my skin used to be like. I've even had people telling me how much my skin's improved. I defiantly recommend getting rid of dairy, it's worth a try but dairy may not be the reason for your acne. Make sure to have enough calcium, etc and make sure that you're also eating healthy whilst on your dairy free diet (so no fast foods, chips, crisps, etc). I also found that exercising every day improved my skin. I go on a twenty minute walk every morning to school and a half hour walk back. Every evening I have a exercise routine which I do outside so I have some fresh air. It always makes my skin look so much more brighter and clearer! Good luck for anyone going on this dairy free diet, it's so worth it! I hope this helped :)
History: I have had moderately severe cystic acne for three years. But I have had acne for 10 years. I am not on birth control. I got off antibiotics 10 weeks ago. I am currently using retin a micro 0.1%. I have been drinking a gallon of water a day for over a year now. I have been dairy free, gluten free, meat free, soy free, and nut free ( allergy ) for 11 weeks now. My skin has actually gotten worse. Side note: I could be purging from the retin a but I doubt it. I am getting 2-3 new cysts a day. The retin a is actually helping with clearing the cysts up in days rather than weeks... if I don't touch them. I am also taking a lot of supplements ( saw palmetto, zinc, probiotics, turmeric, b-complex, Maca root, vitamin D ). Nothing is working. My skincare is very good, and I take very good care of my skin. I have recently gotten rid of all grains, not just the gluten free grains. Still getting new cysts everyday. Obviously there is something wrong with me. I am posting this because I want others to know that you could still be doing everything right in the diet department and the skincare department and STILL have cystic acne. I'm giving it 4 more weeks and then I am going back to eating how I want to eat. I'm tired of being hungry all the time. Living off of veggies is hard and expensive. Accuttane may be my next step. EDIT: It is now exactly 2 months later! I have not had dairy or gluten for 4.5 months now. I have not had grains for 2 months now. I AM STILL GETTING A NEW CYST EVERY SINGLE DAY. I got my hormones checked by my doctor.... and after 8 tests and a lot of money spent..... my hormones are normal. Normal, yeah you read that right. I can't believe it. I just KNEW my hormones had to be the culprit because this makes no sense. So next month I am going on accutane. Wish me luck.