Any amount of dairy causes cystic acne for me pretty much the next morning. In some cases it's just unavoidable when eating out so I'm wondering if there is a way to handle some dairy and block the break outs.
Has anyone who gets acne from dairy figured out away to prevent or minimize the breakouts? Either increasing certain supplements, or maybe something like lactose pills?
I've noticed a difference with zinc supplements.
I don't take them daily or anything, but I've noticed if I start breaking out and I take a zinc supp, there is a huge difference in my skin within 24 hours.
Sometimes I wonder if by eating dairy I am taking in so much calcium that I am not taking in enough zinc or magnesium to balance it. But I have no proof of that... it's just something I've been tossing around in my head for a while for a few reasons.
If you have celiac and were on antibiotics for give years then your gut is a mess. Don't worry about dairy or anything else until you get that poor small intestine healed up. Go GAPS. Cyctic acne, in particular, is a good sign that you have a leaky gut.
I'm concerned also about your comment about being at events such as weddings where every item has dairy... Or even how you casually mentioned your celiac dx. Dude, you have celiac-- if you are properly avoiding gluten, then avoiding dairy shouldn't be that big of a thing... Like, the frosting on the cake is not your problem. But also... I'm gluten free (true wheat allergy) and find myself in those situations (such as weddings) when I can't eat anything served. So I've learned to plan around it. For example, I always have almonds on hand-- something. Or, even better, I tell people ahead of time what I can/can't eat and usually arrangements are made gladly.
First thing's first, learn how to live with the celiac. Given that celiac should be your #1 issue, things aren't adding up with you. Do your research. You can't rely on Drs to tell you how it is. You have to be proactive.
I don't know why I'm even going to bother answering, you just poo-poo everything everyone says and frankly it sounds like you're only half assing your eating anyways and are looking for a magic blessing to eat whatever you want.
1) You're not going to die if you don't eat at a wedding, if you can't go 10 hours without eating you're not probably so cracked out on carbs that you're doing yourself real metabolic harm. Or you're addicted to dairy. If you're properly fat adapted you should be able to go a damn long time without food. You know what's going to make being fat adapted even harder? Chronic insulin spikes… which dairy does almost as well as pure sugar.
2) YOU'RE ALLERGIC TO DAIRY… Seriously I'm just frick'n blown away here… You clearly have problems eating dairy… just don't do it. There's no such thing as a dairy deficiency. The acne is just a visible symptom, if you react like that on the outside you're having other inflammatory issues.
If you have Celiac Disease… let me spell this out here… YOU HAVE AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. Your body is getting confused and TRYING TO KILL YOU… after gluten, dairy is probably the most dangerous thing for you to be eating. Go ahead keep pushing your luck so you can have some cheese… and 15 years from now when you have carcinoma you can whine about how inconvenient cancer is too.
If I had an autoimmune condition I don't think I'd want to be eating something that is known to cause leaky gut and flood my body with proteins and other compounds which would exacerbate my autoimmune condition… lead to inflammation, and immune response…
Chronic inflammation is not a good thing… a little kefir isn't worth it. Unbelievable… This is like someone saying "I break out into hives and have trouble breathing when I eat peanuts… how do I eat peanuts?" YOU GODDAMN DON'T THAT'S HOW.
It's not the lactose either… damnit, dairy is filtered cow's blood… for baby cows… so they will grow… you're not a baby cow… you're a human… and humans aren't supposed to drink human milk (which is very different) for their entire lives either. What do you suppose flooding yourself with growth factors for the rest of your life is going to encourage? Growth… and that's not really something you want after you've finished growing.
You should give retinol a try. I think the reason why zinc is so popular is because of its interaction with vitamin A, which potentially looks like this :
If milk causes acne it's probably due to a rise in metabolism. Some people report having no problems with raw milk, but I personally do well with UHT organic milk.
Unfortunately I don't think it's as simple as just taking some retinol. Not only do you have to find the right balance, you also need to improve your thyroid. Excess retinol can suppress thyroid function leading to depression and dry skin and other fun stuff (I've personally experienced depression from it a couple of times). I think it's best to measure your pulse and temperature after meals and in the morning.
A good retinol supplement is nutrisorb-A.
Lactase could help too, but it'd probably be more useful to treat hypothyroidism if you have it (eg. checking out your temperature) :
Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine can be caused by hypothyroidism (Lauritano, et al., 2007), and the substances produced by these bacteria can damage the lining of the small intestine, causing the loss of lactase enzymes (Walshe, et al., 1990).
Some things can seem weird at first, so you have to keep an open mind. Drinking milk without added sugar and salt, for example, causes problems for me (mostly bloating and hives).
Have you tried fermented dairy products, and if so, how do you react to them? From one study I read that fermentation of milk to yogurt cuts IGF-1 content by 75%. But even fermented dairy foods are still insulogenic.
It would be helpful to know what is it in the dairy that you break out from? Usually people break out from dairy because of its hormonal effect or because they have an allergic/sensitivity reaction to it. If it's hormonal you also usually breakout after eating sugar also.
Have you thought about homemade kefir? The more that you culture it, the less lactose there is. There are kefir websites and forums, and it is easy to obtain, easy to make, and easy to make into a smoothie. I almost live off of kefir. I use pasteurized milk to make the kefir and increase the value in monetary terms roughly 28 fold. My family loves it.
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