As an 18 year old who has battled acne since 6th grade, I’ve always wondered: why? Why is my face so bad when others’ aren’t? I’ve seen four different doctors, taken over a dozen different antibiotics, and even tried the ever-questionable Accutane. Now, 7 years later, it’s still here. So why is it that my roommate can use Dove soap and have a perfect complexion?
Acne vulgaris (which basically just translates to the “common type”) can pop up basically anywhere from your face, neck, and chest to the shoulders and upper back. The sebaceous glands create sebum, an oil, and most of the time the glands make an amount that is compatible with the skin. But, while going through puberty, hormones make the glands produce more sebum. Because of the excess of oil, the pores become clogged. Once the pores are clogged up, bacteria can find its way inside and begin to multiply (hence the endless prescriptions of antibiotics). The results of these bacteria traps are usually redness and swelling (so, believe, it or not, chocolate consumption is not the reason).
Unfortunately, the traditional cure-alls don’t always work. Even if you wash your face religiously and apply two dozen creams and ointments, you may just be that person that can’t shake acne. However, if your acne isn’t bad enough for surgery (yes, surgery), then there isn’t much to do but wait it out until your hormones are finished transitioning.
Until that time, do not poke, push, or pop any blemishes on your face. It only leads to more damage such as scarring which can last a lifetime.
I highly doubt that I am the only one in this class that struggles with chronic acne. I also doubt that I am the only one who grew up loving milk, ice cream and cheese. I have had several conversations with many dermatologists and most of them have told me that acne is not caused by the food that we eat. I am not trying to undermine their professional opinions because they are all (from what I can tell anyway) well- educated people. However, I’m just not sure that I believe them any longer.
Some of you may have already heard or read about the suspicions that dairy products are a big factor of sever, chronic acne. Researchers have found a strong correlation between dairy consumption and acne. But wait a sec, isn’t milk supposedly the perfect food? According to Dr.Mark Hyman and Seppo Puusa the answer is no… at least, not for humans anyway.
The biggest link between milk and acne comes in the form of hormones. Milk is supposed to make living beings grow. As a result it is loaded with hormones such as IFG-1, testosterone and DHT-like hormones that each contribute to milk’s acne-causing status.
IFG-1 or Insulin like growth factor-1 triggers skin cell growth. Rapid skin cell growth leads to extra dead skin cells, which lead to clogged pores, which eventually leads to pimples.
Women can sometimes have high testosterone levels. This can cause not only unwanted facial hair growth but also acne in the chin region.
Last but no least the DHT-like hormone is transformed into dihydrotestosterone or DHT quickly after entering the body. DHT provokes excess sebum production leaving the skin oily and making it more prone to acne.
In addition to hormones, milk is also full of bacteria, even after pasteurization. Milk can contain measurable quantities of many different toxins such as but not limited to: herbicides, pesticides, blood, pus, feces, and viruses to name a few. Once consumed our bodies attempt to rid our systems of these substances thus causing inflammation and sometimes leading to big red pimples.
In conclusion, if you are chronic acne sufferer and an avid milk drinker / dairy product eater you may want to consider altering your diet. I know I will be.
As I was showering this morning, I dropped my bar of soap onto the (not so clean) floor of the mens bathroom. As I picked it up, I immediately ran it over the water to get rid of whatever germs were on the bathroom floor. Then I thought, is this process of washing my soap getting rid of the germs on the soap? Or does the soap just completely destroy those germs? (because it is soap after all) I didn’t know if it was safe to wash myself with this contaminated soap! I seeked an answer. I realized that I had my…FIRST BLOG IDEA!! So, is there such thing as dirty soap?