When milk is a complete food along with a calcium and minerals boosters, how on the earth can it be an acne stimulant? Well the answer lies in the character of milk.
As a skin condition acne occurs when the hair follicles become clogged with oil (sebum) and dead cells. Acne or zits as they are called refers to a host of skin problems including pimples, blackheads, white heads, papules, pinhead and scaly red skin.
Research has found milk consumption to be directly related to acne formation. In fact 44% of people who consumed 2 to 3 glasses of milk everyday developed acne. These leave marks most of the time and may lead to depression or inferiority complex.
Milk is the culprit which leads to acne because:
■ Milk makes the sebum production go on an overdrive. Most of the milk is from pregnant or lactating cows and this kind of milk contains Di-hydrotestosterone which instructs the glands to produce more sebum. More sebum equals to more oil being secreted which in turn leads to clogged pores which leads to acne.
■ Milk and the growth hormones in it are also to be held guilty for acne. Milk is a complete food and has a growth factor called the IGF 1. This leads to
● More skin cell growth
● More sebum production
Sebum is a yellow waxy secretion and which is meant for hair follicle nourishment. Once the follicle is nourished, the sebum spills on to the skin and gives it its nourishment. But when the sebum is too much it starts clogging the facial pore, as a result – acne comes up.
The same holds true for the cell growth. The faster the cells grow, the faster they die. This process leads to too much accumulation of dead cells which in turn also clogs the pores. IGF 1 was supposed to be digested but studies have revealed that this hormone goes into the blood stream and never gets broken down by the digestive system.
■ Inflammation thy name is flush out…..old way of saying that when there is inflammatory little or large boils, understand that the body is trying to flush out toxins. When one consumes milk, a little flashback will help understand what goes into the body along with it. Imagine the cow’s living condition — not very good… add to it the fact that the cow has to fight off so many bacteria and viruses. Consequently the body of the cow produces more WBC (white blood cell) which fights invasion.
The inflammation is the result of the body responding to harmful and invasive foreign bodies. When the bacteria, viruses, insecticides and pesticides, white blood cell, herbicides and many more from the cow’s milk enter our body it fights the germs causing inflammation. Moreover some these also cause allergy.
■ Raw milk vs. Processed milk: Of the two raw milk is a better option if it is organic and comes from animals dwelling in better conditions. Otherwise, prefer pasteurized and boiled milk.
Milk is a requirement especially for growing children. In fact the growth hormones are a very good stimulant for their overall well being but this does not apply to the adults. Conclusion —- acne victims should consume limited quantities milk (not more than 1 glass a day).