I quit dairy for a month to see if it would improve my persistent adult acne! Here’s the scoop on what I learnt…
I mentioned awhile back that I was going to quit dairy for a month to see if it would help clear my stubborn adult acne. I had heard many success stories from people who had had great success and I was eager to know if I would be able to say the same! And would you know it, a month has been and gone! Here’s what I learnt after quitting dairy…
1. Dairy is in everything I love
I am truly blessed to not be lactose intolerant because I seriously love all things dairy. And whilst there are the obvious ones that are ruled straight out – cow’s milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt’s, cooking creams – there were also those I wasn’t expecting. Like did you know dairy is in milkshakes? HA only joking. I’m talking about sauces, biscuits, bread, cereals, deli meats etc. Sneaky dairy in lots of different, unsuspecting things!
2. Plant based milks aren’t that bad
Before I decided to go on my month long dairy sabbatical I had tried coconut milk and rice milk and had equal disdain for both. But I must say I have a new-found love for almond milk! In fact, now that my month is over, I am not going back to cow’s milk! Next up I want to try cashew milk and oat milk.
3. Australia has not embraced dairy alternatives
A visit to both of our major supermarket’s – Coles and Woolworths – proved fruitless when it came to dairy-free alternatives to thing’s like cheese and yoghurt. We do have organic shops that sell these, however, with so many people suffering from food allergies these days I kind of found it surprising that these alternatives were not more commonly found!
4. Dark chocolate is edible if you find the right one
One of the things I struggled with the most after quitting dairy was the fact that everything I loved to indulge in – like chocolate – was off the table. I’d tried dark chocolates in the past that tasted bitter and a bit like licking a rusty coin (I imagine). But since it was one of my only dairy-free options I decided to give it another shot and after a bit of trial and error I managed to find a block for me! Shout out to Lindt excellence smooth blend 70% cocoa blocks that got me through the month. They are perfect for the dark chocolate beginner!
5. My skin did not improve one bit
Guys, I really, really, really wanted this to be the answer for me. But sadly, it wasn’t. In fact, I’m almost certain my skin was worse after the first few week’s! I have since been working on eliminating as much sugar from my diet and it appears to be working very well for me.
Should I give it a go?
Just because quitting dairy didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for other people. It’s all about getting to the bottom of what is the cause of your acne. So, would I recommend quitting dairy for someone else suffering acne? Absolutely!
We seem to be so quick to jump to harsh medications or creams when the answer could possibly be in what we are eating! So, if you are a chronic acne sufferer and you haven’t tried quitting dairy, why not give it a go? Sure, you don’t get to eat delicious cheese for a month. But there are worse things!
A surprising side effect of my month off dairy has been that even after reintroducing it back into my diet I rarely have it now! Before quitting dairy, I would have cheese almost every day, as well as cow’s milk. Now, I’m much more conscious of my consumption. I am sticking with almond milk in my smoothies and I’m only eating cheese occasionally. This isn’t necessarily good or bad, it’s just a change for a huge dairy lover like me. I feel like I was perhaps overdoing it before, and now I’ve put dairy into the indulgent category and I see it as a treat!
As I mentioned earlier, I have had some success in reducing my acne by cutting out sugar. I have even noticed break outs popping up directly after I, ahem, binge on a little chocolate (not the dark kind). So, I will be turning my efforts over to quitting sugar over the coming months and hopefully (fingers crossed) I will be able to share with you my success story soon.