Anybody who knows me well enough knows that I have been battling with acne for a long long time … I wish I was exaggerating when I say it started in primary. I have tried everything under the sun and when I was 15, a 6 month vigorous treatment of Roaccutane finally cleared my skin. It has never fully disappeared though and continues to be a recurring problem for me as a result of hormones and stress. Although it’s mostly under the skin and you can’t always see it, my acne often flares up. However, I have recently found a product free way to combat my breakouts and the results within just over a week are incredible!
After continuous visits to the doctors for them to tell my my adult acne is incurable because it is mild, I am willing to try anything to help my skin. I have tried endless products including Proactive and Dermalogica, antibiotic gels, antibiotics: you name it, I’ve tried it. I eat considerably healthy, only drink water and take amazing care of my skin by cleansing, toning and moisturising every morning and evening but it never improves. As previously mentioned, I am always up for trying new treatments, so when I came across an article on Cosmopolitan and a forum on acne.org about the skin benefits of cutting out dairy, I decided to give a dairy free diet a go.
My mum went to Sainsbury’s because they have a good ‘free from’ range, and I stocked up on almond and cashew milk, dairy free butter, yoghurts and even a cheese-spread. I’m not the biggest chocolate fan and I don’t drink milk or coffee so, initially, it wasn’t too hard to cut dairy out before I realised cheese and milk are ingredients in everrrything!
I quickly – and sadly – adapted to life without cheese and within ten days my skin had never looked better. I won’t completely deprive myself of dairy and if it’s in something I’ll eat it but I will continue to use my ‘free from’ substitutes and almond milk to hopefully prevent bad breakouts.
Here’s my before and after pictures:
3 days dairy free – I had just came out of the shower having exfoliated hence the redness, but you can see how many spots are under the skin as well as on the surface. I don’t get spots on my forehead or nose so I just took progression pictures of the targeted area.
10 days dairy free – these pictures were taken exactly a week after the above pictures. You can see how much my skin improved over the course of that week – it looks much healthier and is nowhere near as irritated.
17 days dairy free – I have a lot of freckles that you can barely even see in the first pictures. As time progresses my skins natural oils give off a radiant glow and the imperfections have massively decreased.
Some days I feel so down about my skin I don’t even want to leave the house, but I’ve became a pro at applying concealer over the years. Incase anybody is wondering, the concealer I have found to be the best at hiding spots is the Nars radiant creamy concealer because it provides a thicker coverage. I use the shade ‘Custard’ when I have fake tan on or the shade ‘Vanilla’ when I’m going for a more natural look because it matches my skin tone perfectly.
I am the most self-conscious person ever when it comes to my spots, so it’s a big deal for me to post pictures of it at its worst online. But if even one person tries this out and notices a difference in their skin it will be worth it! For such a small lifestyle change I would say it is hugely beneficial – you don’t need to cut out dairy 100% as it provides important vitamins, you can just cut down and use a couple of alternatives. As you can see from my extremely quick results, going dairy free has been the best adult acne treatment I’ve came across.