There’s a lot of buzz around dairy lately. Some people claim that cutting it out of their diet changed their life, while other say they saw no difference.
I’m going to share with you my experience of going dairy free, and how it has effected me.
Note: Do note that everyone’s body is different and reacts to things differently. I am just sharing what cutting out dairy did for me and I can’t say how your body will respond 🙂
Why I decided to cut out dairy:
About one year ago I was really struggling with acne a lot. I was 18 and so frustrated because the acne struggle has been real in my life since I was around 12. But, as I got older my acne started to change and I began to get it much more on my cheeks which I had never ever experienced. It was also getting more cystic, lingering longer, and scarring worse. Now, my acne wasn’t terrible, there are definitely people out they who have way worse acne than I do. But, it was really bothering me because I was so tired of feeling like I couldn’t leave the house without concealer.
I decided to finally bite the bullet and go see the dermatologist. She was very sweet and wanted to take a pretty gentle approach to my acne, so she put me on an antibiotic and a Tretinoin cream. It didn’t do much within the first 2 months, so she bumped up my dosages. I did see some change in my acne and it was getting a little better. But, we were really just treating the symptoms of my acne.
I was still struggling with acne and wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I had seen a lot of ladies that had experienced tons of improvement in their skin when they cut out dairy, so I decided to completely cut out dairy at least for a few months to see if there was any change. I had half heartedly tried to cut out dairy a couple of times in the past, but this time I was really serious about it.
Was it hard to cut out dairy?
I’m not going to lie, it was not fun at first. When I was cooking at home I did pretty okay with finding dairy free meal options, but the difficult part was eating out. I didn’t realize how many things dairy was really in from cookies, to any kind of cheese, to coffee drinks. Avoiding butter, cheese, and milk was more difficult than I expected.
What results did you see?
Within about 1 month, my skin actually did look very different. My acne wasn’t gone, but the acne on my cheeks had drastically improved. My t-zone was really the only area that broke out anymore and it was mostly around the time of my period.
I was still on the antibiotic at that time, but our insurance changed. So, about 2 months into being dairy free I decided to stop refilling the antibiotic. I continued to cut out dairy and to my joy my face stayed relatively clear!
Another result of cutting out dairy was less mucus. I know that sounds disgusting but I do quite a bit of singing and it has helped cut out so much flem! (Gross, I know)
Are you still dairy free?
I have been dairy free for about 7 months now and I don’t foresee myself going back into a diet with much dairy. Now, that’s not to say I haven’t had any dairy this whole time- life happens. I’ve probably only had dairy ice cream 3 times in the last 7 months and sometimes some butter here and there in sweets. But, I’m not having lattes with dairy milk, cheese on anything, or much butter at all.
As for what my skin is like now, It is so much better than it was a year ago. It is not perfect by any means, but the acne is much more controlled. This could be partially attributed to my hormones stabilizing, but I really do think cutting out dairy has played a large part. I do still use a Tretinoin cream to help with scarring.
To sum it up:
For me personally, cutting out dairy was a great move. It really helped my skin and helped with the flem. It was hard at first, but I got the hang of it and 7 months later avoiding dairy is habit now. I have learned how to eat without dairy and what the best alternatives are.
But, as I’ve said before, everyone’s body is different and you have to figure out what works for you. If you do decide to try and cut out dairy, do know you’ll have to give it at least a month (preferably 2), before you may see any change.
Let me know if you have cut out dairy in your diet! Also let me know if you would like to see more posts centered around how to avoid dairy in your diet and how I eat 🙂