Column by Yael Adler – Acne in adulthood: Star doctor explains what milk has to do with it

There was apparently no escape from acne. Many a person looked in the mirror and saw what they had feared: themselves with textbook sprinkles on their face, but also on their backs or chests. The fact that 70 to 90 percent of all young people struggle with it didn’t help much.

Acne even in adulthood

Acne was a puberty label, with an expiration date – as long as puberty lasted. When our derailed hormonal balance had leveled off and the sebum production in our skin had returned to the normal range, we were done with being unfunny.

In the meantime, however, many adults are experiencing a rapid comeback of the unpleasant skin condition, unfortunately not because they are seventeen again or “forever young”: Acne and oily skin in adulthood has a lot to do with lifestyle and nutrition.

Cow’s milk as not a common food

In the industrialized countries, for example, there has been a boom in the consumption of cow’s milk over the past few decades. The average German drinks more than fifty liters every year, in Sweden it is even said to be almost 100 liters. Meanwhile, studies show that milk is anything but a “source of health” as food advertising has led us to believe for years.

However, science does not regard cow’s milk as a normal food for basic human nutrition, but sees it as a highly complicated hormone-active signaling system between cow and calf. The growing human, on the other hand, gets these signals from another lifeblood: breast milk or foods adapted from breast milk. Cow’s milk fuels the growth of the calf – it doubles its body weight within 40 days. Breast milk gives the human infant six months to do this.

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All about our largest organ – Yael Adler

“Milk doping” enlarges the sebaceous glands

In adulthood, growth is complete. Instead, you develop other growths such as the sebaceous glands, which become enlarged and overactive, leading to pimples. Acne is now considered a disease of civilization, a symptom of the milk-in-masses, bodybuilder-milk-protein-sakes and latte-macchiato generation.

Milk doping enlarges the sebaceous glands, promotes inflammation in the body and favors the risk of obesity, diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, at least prostate, breast, liver and lymph gland cancer. According to epidemiological studies from Sweden, pasteurized fresh milk shortens life in a dose-dependent manner.

Growth hormones and micro-RNA in milk

However, moderate amounts appear protective in colorectal cancer. Because they provide high-quality essential amino acids. However, they release the growth hormone insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). This messenger substance increases the amount of sebum and allows the fat-loving bacterium Propionibacterium acnes to proliferate in the pores. Blackheads develop and become inflamed. Fresh milk also contains a gene messenger, virus-sized nanoparticles called “micro-RNA”.

Fermented milk products better for the intestines

245 of these bovine messenger substances dock onto over 11,000 human genes and manipulate them. In addition to the civilization diseases mentioned, they accelerate the aging process. Lactose-free milk is no exception. Fermented milk products, which ideally have a probiotic effect, i.e. contain lactic acid bacteria and yeasts, such as in original Greek or Bulgarian yoghurt, buttermilk or kefir, are health-promoting and improve the intestinal flora. Fermenting inactivates problematic milk components.

Plant milk as an alternative to cow’s milk

Of course, all this doesn’t mean that you have to give up all milk consumption immediately and only have to drink your coffee black in the future. Why not try the plant drinks based on oats, almonds, soy, coconut, pea protein or rice, also in the barista version.

Taste yourself and get through the time healthy!

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