Dairy and Acne Myth: Most of us agree that dairy products are rich in calcium, protein and vitamin D. But, not many of us are aware of the fact that any component of cow milk can rise the production of oil glands which could lead to acne.
Unbalanced body hormones such as hormone Insulin, Insulin factor 1(IGF-1) and androgen hormones are the main factors behind acne.
Studies prove that consumption of food containing excess carbohydrates or glucose and protein can result in rise of hormone insulin and IGF-1, which in turn increases production of sebum that causes acne.
Also, chances of acne is more in cases where there is increase in hormone insulin and IGF-1 resulting in appearance of dead skin cells due to clogging of skin hair channels caused by rise in androgen hormone.
Does Soy Milk Cause Acne?
Soy milk is common part of any vegetarian or vegan’s diet in America. Still, a lot of people have commented about avoiding soy from daily diet as they believe it to be one of the causes for triggering acne.
But, yet there are no substantial studies to prove this.
Anecdotal evidence reveals soy causing acne in a few, whereas a few of them had better skin when they used more of it. So, we don’t have enough evidence to come to a conclusion either way.
Moreover, studies show that the main cause for acne is excess oil production in skin and emergence of many dead skin cells caused by bacteria and unbalanced hormones such as hormone Insulin, Insulin factor 1(IGF-1) and androgen hormones.
Soy milk is made from the soybeans rich in protein and isoflavones, similar to that of hormone estrogen!
Does Soy Sauce Cause Acne?
Soy sauce is basically flavored ingredient made from fermented soybeans and wheat. Traditionally originated in China it is now used in cooking and preparing different recipes worldwide.
As there are no studies or proper anecdotal evidence to prove soy (or soy sauce) causes acne, we need to look at what actually triggers acne.
The only possible way by which soy sauce could trigger acne include hormonal effects of isoflavones present in soy beans, the effect of phylates in mineral absorption and balance, as well as allergic reactions to soy can sometimes lead to acne in women.
Studies show that women with acne have a little more of androgen (male sex hormones) compared to estrogen (female sex hormones).
Moreover, intake of soy sauce which is phytoestrogen rich diet can reduce the amount of estrogens produced in the body, which could be one of the causes to trigger acne in women.
Best Milk Alternative For Acne
Studies prove that hormones given to cows to induce lactation trigger overproduction of sebum in humans. Similarly, milk increases the level of IGF-1 causing overproduction of sebum. Moreover, pasteurization results in imbalance in your gut flora, resulting in acne.
Then, what is next alternative for cow milk?
Goat milk which is less in lactose has smaller fat molecules and is also naturally homogenized. Also, almond and nut-based milk is also a good alternative as it does not contain sebum-producing hormone.
Moreover, almonds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce the redness and inflammation related to acne.