Studies Reveal Why Milk Can Cause Acne

Studies Reveal Why Milk Can Cause Acne

Why Milk Can Cause AcneWhy Milk Can Cause Acne – Studies Reveals the Potential Reasons

According to evidence gathered in at least three major research surveys, consumption of milk can cause acne, the American Journal of Dermatology reports. The findings of a certain study that appeared on NaturalNews indicated that people with a daily intake of about 2-3 glasses of milk are 44% more likely to have severe acne than those who drink less.

Though nearly all the studies conducted about acne and milk involved teens, anecdotal evidence gathered from thousands of adults has pointed to a possibility of milk also being linked to adult acne. Many adult acne patients have reported their skin improving on quitting milk and other dairy products.

So, the big question is: how does a glass of “nature`s perfect food” bring such a disaster on our skin? It appears that milk has several ways of doing this.

Further research has indicated that acne can be associated with blood-sugar metabolism and chronic inflammation problems. Wild dips and spikes in the levels of blood sugar cause a hormonal reaction that heightens the production of sebum as well as turnover of skin cells. Chronic inflammation puts immense pressure on the body`s immune system, making it easy for acne bacteria to invade the skin and colonize its blocked pores.

When you drink milk, a similar hormonal reaction is experienced than blood sugar problems cause. Further consumption of milk can lead to higher inflammation throughout your body.

Even if the link discussed here is between milk and acne only, it also applies to other dairy products.

Milk Opens the Sebum Tap

Most of the milk on the commercial markets is obtained from pregnant cows and contains hormones that are very close to those that trigger the production of more sebum by human skin cells.

Milk is rich in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) precursors such as 5a-androstanedione and 5a-pregnanedione, hormones that are just a few steps away from actual DHT. More DHT in acne patients means more bad news for their skin since it catalyzes the production of more sebum by their skin glands. This is one of the reasons why dermatologists agree that DHT is a key acnegen.

The fact that enzymes that are needed to convert these DHT precursors to actual DHT are readily found in the skin glands makes matters even worse for acne victims.

Milk and IGF-1

Apart from DHT, there are other ways that milk can lead to acne; it contains a large collection of some of the most powerful natural growth hormones, which shouldn`t be surprising at all given the fact that it is meant to make things grow. For instance, by drinking milk, a newborn calf is transformed into a 1.5-ton steer.

Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which is one of the powerful growth hormones that are present in milk has been found to be problematic for acne patients. One, by increasing the production of sebum; two, by stimulating the growth of skin cells. If skin cells develop fast, they also die fast, meaning that there are more dead skin cells to block the skin pores. This also causes the skin to age faster.

The bovine version of IGF-1 is unfortunately identical with humans. Contrary to the FDA`s claims, this IGF-1 version also survives digestion and enters the bloodstream. Research studies conducted within dairy industry circles have confirmed this.

According to reports of one such research conducted by dairy researchers that appeared in a publication of the `Journal of the American Dietetic Association` (Oct. 1999, Vol. 99, No. 10), 204 healthy men and women, who regularly consumed below 1.5 servings of dairy products per day, were studied. Divided into two groups, one acted as the control group that made no changes to their dairy diet while the other was asked to take 3 servings of dairy products per day.

The researchers found out that IGF-1 levels in serum (blood) went up by up to 10% in milk drinkers while remaining the same for participants on the control group. Further large-scale research conducted to confirm the effect of diet on the levels of IGF-1 in the blood have proved these findings.

Milk, Insulin and Acne

Studies have shown insulin to be another link between acne and milk.

Generally, higher levels of insulin in the blood lead increased incidences of acne breakouts. Apart from stimulating sebum secretion, a more important factor in this insulin-acne association is the fact that the levels of insulin in the blood correlate with those of IGF-1 as well as a number of sex hormones, which are also closely linked to the formation of acne.

Research by dairy industry insiders has also confirmed that the consumption of milk significantly raises the levels of insulin.

Milk and Inflammation

Inflammation has often been dubbed `the other side of the acne coin`. It is responsible for turning blocked skin pores into large, red and painful pimples. It occurs as the body tries to respond to injuries and dangerous substances like bacteria, viruses, chemicals or toxins. When the body`s immune system attacks foreign invaders and clears them from the bloodstream, inflammation is the result.

The milk that we consume every day is not as pure white and fresh as fallen snow like we may want to believe. It contains significant quantities of pesticides, herbicides, dioxins (up to 200 times higher than is safe), up to 52 powerful antibiotics, pus, blood, feces, viruses and bacteria.

With most dairy cows residing in miserable environmental conditions and riddled with an array of infections, their immune systems generate white blood cells that fight off viruses and bacteria. All these things, white blood cells (or pus cells), viruses and bacteria, end up into the milk. In the dairy industry, pus cells are referred to as somatic cells and their presence in milk is dubbed the somatic cell count or SCC.

A study conducted on the milk sold in the state of New York revealed an average SCC count of 363,000 cells/ml, white blood cells generated by the cow`s immune system to try and fight off the 24,400 bacteria/ml that were found in the same milk.

The fact that this milk was already pasteurized means that this process never kills these bacteria as you may have believed. Drinking milk causes all the bacteria, herbicides, pus and chemicals to get into your bloodstream, where your immune system has to get a way of clearing them out. This is what causes more inflammation and subsequently, more acne.

Another form of inflammatory reaction is caused by allergies, meaning that any substance that leads to an allergic reaction could also trigger acne. Key allergens in milk include whey and casein proteins. The homogenization of milk delivers more of such allergens into your bloodstream.

During the process of homogenization, liquid milk is pushed through very tiny holes under immense pressure, leading its large fat globules to be broken down into much smaller pieces. If milk was not homogenized, the fat would have risen to the top. Therefore, homogenization ensures that fat globules remain distributed evenly in the milk.

But unfortunately the process also causes a permanent change to the membrane that covers these fat globules, with the new membrane incorporating much more whey and casein proteins. In addition, the smaller fat globules can easily enter the bloodstream and expose milk drinkers to very larger amounts of allergenic milk proteins.

When your immune system attempts to attack these excess proteins, increased levels of inflammation are experienced throughout the body and may cause the development of more acne pimples.

What about Raw Milk?

People who are health-conscious will make a sharp distinction between processed and raw milk, with the latter being said to be health-promoting.

Raw and organic milk is normally extracted from healthier cows, i.e. those that are reared in better conditions, and therefore contains less chemicals, bacteria, pus and other contaminants. Processing milk also makes it more allergenic, meaning that the drinkers of unprocessed natural milk suffer much fewer allergic reactions.

Despite all the advantages mentioned above, acne patients would be better advised to eliminate all milk from their diet since acne-causing hormones can also be found in raw milk. Their presence in milk is vital for the growth and development of calves. As an adult, your body does not need these hormones anymore, at least not in those large quantities. Drinking milk exposes you to these hormones, a scenario that can cause a variety of health problems to your body, acne being among them.

In summary, next time you want to down a glass of milk remember all the extra sebum, dead skin-cells and inflammation that you could be exposing yourself to. If you are a victim of acne, these factors should be more than a sufficient reason for you never to crave for that milk mustache… for good.

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