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Will Going Vegan Make My Skin Better?

Will Going Vegan Save My Skin?

I love cheese so, so very much. In fact, I recently downloaded a handy nutrition tracker app and discovered that it comprises a wildly disproportionate amount of my daily food intake. And while my gouda habit keeps my tummy well-satisfied, it may not be doing such great things for my skin. There's a proven link between dairy consumption and acne (although we all know correlation doesn't necessary equal causation). Lately I've been wondering whether my never-ending battle with my skin might be related to my romance with dairy.

I've been a lacto-vegetarian for years, so dropping the dairy will make me a vegan. I'm prepared to test the theory out starting today, and I've been checking out all YumSugar's delicious-looking vegan recipes for ideas. Have you ever cut out dairy and seen good skin results? And do you have any recommendations for making the transition to a cheese-free diet? (I'm looking at you, lactose intolerant people.)

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HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 7 years
Nix the dairy. Its SO BAD for you!!! Drink lots of water, work out, exfoliate, use toner, get a good moisturizer, and also take mad vitamins.
KateLynn2011 KateLynn2011 7 years
I'm a vegan most of the time but sometimes I'm dining out and there's nothing vegan to order, so I order a vegetarian entree. I love the taste of cheese, but my skin looks most radiant when I'm eating mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains. I'm not sure if you have to cut out cheese to have great skin- just make sure if you do eat cheese, buy cheese made in Europe, not the U.S. and don't buy reduced fat or fat free- when you see those words think "chemical shit storm"- that won't help your skin. And drink tons of water!
pretay pretay 7 years
This is completely true! I can always see a direct correlation when I've been "good" about avioding lactose, (I'm lactose intolerant) and if I've caved in and had a cup of yogurt, some cheese, milk chocolate, or any other sweets containing milk. When I eat the lactose, it's almost inevitable that some time of bump will appear on my face! The more I avoid, the better my skin looks. I don't know why doctors tell us that the food we eat doesn't have a thing to do with the acne! Eat a clean diet and your skin will be clean as well :)
Spiderlove Spiderlove 7 years
Vegan here... I wish I could say it makes a huge difference in my skin, but I don't think it does. I always had pretty good skin, thank goodness. I have noticed lately I probably haven't been eating enough fats, because I seem drier than usual, but that could also be because I'm getting ever so much closer to
delites delites 7 years
I can't wait to see how this works out for you! I've been considering this option, since I have broken out with adult acne this last year. But it's hard..and pricey.. to buy and cook for both ends of the spectrum (my husband loves meat). I might give it a shot if you have good results! And just to put it out there, the one thing I've learned from my recent acne research is that everyone's skin is different. Bryseana above commented that it's genetics, however there's no one in my family with acne and I've suffered from it all through my teens and now again as an adult. So it really comes down to finding what works best for the individual. Good luck!
HipMom HipMom 7 years
My skin definitely looks better when I don't consume dairy. However, my skin was at its worst when I was a vegetarian (even after cutting out dairy). Turns out, a mostly vegan diet is usually really low in zinc, which is vital for good skin (an for a healthy immune system). If you choose to go vegan, make sure to take zinc supplements and you might just get the skin of your dreams ;-)
lotuslight lotuslight 7 years
I'm not vegetarian or vegan, but I do have a genetic sensitivity to Casein that causes acne and rashes. My grandma had it, my Mom has it, and I found out that I had it when I was 13. I had horrible acne, and my Mom said "You should try giving up dairy and see if it gets better." It was tough, because I loved ALL dairy, but my skin cleared up within a week. I had eczema all over my body, so bad that I couldn't sleep because it itched so bad. Ever since, my skin has stayed clear as long as I avoid ALL dairy. Although, I can have small amounts of goat milk, surprisingly. I think many people with skin problems probably have a sensitivity to dairy products and just don't know it. It is easy enough to see if that is the culprit!
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I was a vegan for 12 years. Despite my diet I had eczema and mild acne. I honestly think skin conditions are genetic. I have known people with unhealthy (fried / sugar-filled) diets who had clear skin.
secondstar secondstar 7 years
I've been meat-free for a little over 2 years. Recently I've been planning to try going vegan for a little while since I'm in the mood to change things up in my life. I was only in it for the health benefits since it will force me to think about what I'm eating and get those healthy veggies I always neglect, but I never even considered that my skin could benefit! Now I'm excited to see if I notice a difference :)
cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
I have been a vegan for 5 years and a vegetarian long before that. I have always had great skin, but noticed considerable positive changes when I changed my dietary lifestyle and started to use organic, chemical free beauty products and makeup. I will never go back--it really has made the difference for me. Skin is the body's largest organ and what we put on our bodies and in our bodies directly effects both our internal and external health. As with any healthy lifestyle, a vegan diet requires knowledge, motivation, and planning. Creating a weekly menu has been especially helpful to me. There are alot of amazing resources available. I love Vegetarian Times, VegNews, VegWeb, Whole Foods website, and Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide. I stay away from processed foods (including soy products) and incorporate fresh fruits, veggies, legumes, and grains. The bulk section of Whole Foods is my favorite! While there are always two sides to every coin (pro/con), everyone is different and has varying values and preferences. I think it is important to do what is right for you, regardless of anyone else.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
YES, I went completely vegan for about two months last winter, and my skin never looked better!! The difference was really amazing. As far as tips on how to transition - read The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It has great tips and recipes and is geared towards people who are just getting started with a vegan lifestyle and/or are trying to decide if it's for them. Also, you should read The China Study to learn more about why a vegan lifestyle is so healthy. Other good vegan cookbooks are 30 Minute Vegan and Veganomicon. Definitely do as much reading as you can, because the cookbook authors all share helpful tips that make the transition a lot easier than if you try and just figure things out on your own. Sadly, I've really fallen off the vegan bandwagon this summer but am going to try and do better. Good luck! Once you learn a few good recipes, it's really not as hard as you would think.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Thanks for the advice, guys! That's great to know about casein—it'll make it a lot easier to hold out over cravings if I know that I've just got to keep going until it's out of my system.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
My sister was vegan during college and started incorporating meat again after she graduated (San Francisco, where she went to college, is so much easier of a city to be vegan in...). Her skin didn't seem any different in either diet situation, but she's always had really great skin.
foxie foxie 7 years
I love being vegan, but unfortunately my skin is still an issue.
Mariana48 Mariana48 7 years
i've been a vegetarian for like 6 years, and about 2 weeks ago i decided to go vegan. im a HUGE cheese lover, HUUUUUGE! im already having major cheese withdrawal since there is NO substitution for cheese, the vegan cheese options are not eve close to the real thing. i dont think i'll sustain the vegan diet much longer. also i have good skin, no acne, and my skin looks the same now that im a vegan so... i dont kno... good luck anyway!
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