Research Indicates Dairy Bad For Acne Here is an article by Dr. Jessica Wu that I agree with 100%. I have found in my practice when my clients change their diets, and avoid dairy their skin clears up dramatically. I also suggest cutting back on salt. That includes soft drinks, chips and soy sauce. These foods and drinks also seem to create more breakouts. So look for low salt alternatives to the foods you like if you are dealing with an acne problem. Feed Your Face: The Dangers of Dairy If You Have Acne by Dr. Jessica Wu If you suffer from pimples — whether you have teenage acne or adult hormonal breakouts — I suggest you avoid dairy products. The reason? Dairy stimulates the body to produce a variety of hormones, including insulin and insulin-like growth factor, that can aggravate acne. While the research on this has been around since the 1990s, doctors for the most part are just now paying attention to it. I hope that dermatologists will eventually put this knowledge into practice to help people cut back on antibiotics and other pills. In fact, many of my patients, including those with cystic acne, have even been able to avoid taking isotretinoin (previously available as Accutane) by cutting out dairy. In the meantime, here’s what to avoid if you're prone to breakouts: Whole milk and full-fat dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and ice cream. The worst offenders: sweetened lattes, cappuccinos, and other coffee drinks, since they contain dairy and sugar, both of which aggravate acne. Instead, try unsweetened soy milk or almond milk in your coffee or cereal. If you can’t make that kind of commitment, then at [...]
Pre-Teen Skin Care Advice I have many clients that see the changes in their children’s skin as they grow into the pre-teen time of their lives. Puberty can begin as early as 10 years old, but changes are most obvious from 11-14 years of age. The onset of the menstrual cycle and hormonal changes can create acne for many teenage girls. This can lead the skin to become excessively oily with breakouts, sensitivity and redness. Some advice to give your preteens and teens are as follows: Don’t use alcohol based products which strip the skin of its natural ph. Don’t over cleanse the skin with soap or rough loofa pads. Don’t use products that contain mineral oil or isopropyl myristate. Do see a licensed skin care therapist to perform extractions. Do cleanse the skin twice a day. Do keep oily hair products off the face. Do use healing clay masques to reduce inflammation and absorb excess oil. Taking care of one’s skin at an early age can result in good hygiene and healthy looking skin that will last a lifetime. It is never too early to start your children on a simple routine. As they grow into adulthood they will appreciate the results that a consistent skin care regimen has to offer.