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The Benefits of Goat Milk For Acne
If you or a loved one has acne, you're most likely struggling to find a solution. Prescription medications or harsh peels can work, but they often have unwanted side effects and can leave your skin red or further irritated. Natural acne solutions are always preferable whenever possible, and goat milk can be very helpful for skin that is suffering from acne.
Why Goat Milk Can Soothe Acne
Goat milk soothes irritated skin. Goat milk can benefit acne because it is very nourishing and full of many vitamins and minerals that help with redness and irritation. And since the pH of goat milk (6.7 - 6.4) is closer to the pH of your skin (5.5) than even pure water (7), goat milk can further help soothe your skin.
Goat milk naturally moisturizes your skin. Goat milk contains fats that hydrate the skin. The amount of oleic and linoleic (unsaturated) fatty acids in goat milk is about the same as in cow milk. But goat milk is much higher in capric, caprylic, and caproic (short-chain) fatty acids. These molecules are very nourishing for your skin because they lock in the moisture and help maintain your skin's acid mantle which protects your pores from bacteria and other acne-causing agents. This benefit is important because bacteria can worsen and prolong acne.
Goat milk gently exfoliates your skin. Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids (such as lactic acid) that help break down the dead skin cells. Applying the goat milk to your skin helps break down dead skin cells. Rinsing off the goat milk washes away these dead skin cells so they aren't left on your skin to clog your pores and do damage.
Many skin peels and other commercial skincare products that are on the market use glycolic and salicylic acid. These come with a warning to beware of dryness and/or inflammation, but the lactic acid in healthy goat milk does not have these negative side effects. The lactic acid in goat milk benefits acne because it will gently break down dead skin cells and is not as strong as chemically formulated products, which can often make irritations and breakouts worse. As long as you aren't allergic to the goat milk or other ingredients, you shouldn't experience any irritation.
Goat milk contains Vitamin A and selenium. These vitamins and minerals are known to repair damaged skin tissue and are therefore essential for not only keeping your skin healthy, but in preventing the clogged pores that ultimately lead to breakouts. Vitamin A in particular benefits acne-prone skin because it has been linked to the increase of cellular turnover which can improve the health of your skin and reduce acne.
Use Healthy, Good Quality Goat Milk On Your Skin
Not all goat milk is created equal. Be careful when you source your goat milk to find healthy milk (like the milk produced at Goat Milk Stuff). The general care, health, and feeding of the goats does affect the quality of the milk. The goats should be out in sunshine and eating grass, weeds, and hay. Their milk should be clean and sweet-smelling. It's also important that they are not given any antibiotics, hormones, or unnecessary medications.
Once you've located a source of quality goat milk, you can apply it directly to your skin. If you're using real milk (and not powdered), you can just use your clean fingers, a clean cloth or paper towel, or cotton balls to smooth it over your face, shoulders, and any other acne-prone areas. Let it dry and remain on your skin for as long as you want, up to an hour. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
Your first time using goat milk on your face, start with a short period of time and test on a small spot of skin before covering your entire face. It is always best to make sure you don't have an allergy or sensitivity that you aren't aware of.
You can repeat this practice 2 or 3 times each week as your skin will continue to be nourished. You can decrease the frequency as your skin gets healthier and the benefits of the goat milk increase.
If your skin is responding well to the goat milk, you can also try leaving it on overnight. Some people find that after repeated use of the goat milk, their skin appears lighter, which is a big plus when you are fighting redness and irritation.
Often, keeping it simple is best, but you can also experiment with adding some aloe vera gel to the goat milk before applying it to your skin. Raw honey, which has natural antibiotic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, is another good ingredient to test. Use just a little bit of honey in the goat milk and be sure to rinse it all off since the honey is sticky.
Use Natural Goat Milk Soap On Your Skin
In addition to using goat milk directly on your skin, the use of a natural goat milk soap is always a beneficial way to maintain your skin's health. Goat milk soap has many benefits for your skin.
Because acne is ultimately caused by clogged pores, if you are prone to acne, you may have pores that are larger than normal. When choosing soaps and skincare, it may be helpful to avoid products with beads, scrubs, or shell pieces. These products are commonly used as exfoliants and can get stuck in your pores like a splinter. And your body will react just like if you had a splinter by getting infected and swelling, which looks a lot like acne.
We recommend starting with the tea tree goat milk soap if you are suffering from acne. Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. This strong-smelling oil is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
While acne initially comes from blocked pores, it often remains due to secondary infections caused by the skin’s irritation. Bacteria, viral, and fungal skin problems can occur anytime the skin is broken. The tea tree goat milk soap combines all the benefits of goat milk with the added benefits of tea tree essential oil.
While we recommend starting with the tea tree soap, we do have customers who report better results with some of the other soaps like the activated bamboo charcoal or the purity, both of which are unscented goat milk soaps.
If you are struggling with acne or breakouts and looking for which soaps and lotions to try on your skin, please read about our recommended goat milk soaps for acne. Here are a few testimonials about the tea tree soap:
"I have been using tea tree soap for almost 10 years now. It has helped reduce my acne greatly over the years. I recently started using it to clean the areas where I was bite by bugs and it has helped to reduce the swelling and itchiness. I buy this soap as a log because it is the only soap I use for my face!" -Tina
"This soap is amazing!! The tea tree isn’t overpowering and I think my face has cleared up so much with just one or two weeks of use. I would recommend this to anyone who has acne or sensitive skin! It leaves my face feeling clean and soft. Another huge bonus for me is that it doesn’t burn my eyes and it is sensitive enough to help take pesky eye makeup off! I don’t know if it’s like that for everyone but it’s something I noticed." -Sydney
"Such a healing product. I have very very oily skin with a dark complexion. It’s been 2 weeks and I have seen a difference with my acne, bumps, hyperpigmentation, pores, scars and skin tone. My skin keeps getting better! There was also a cut on the side of my nose and this soap healed it within 2 days literally. At the moment I am using tea tree goat milk soap, it’s really moisturising to the skin and cleans my skin very well and doesn’t strip any good oils on my face. After washing your face with the soap you don’t have to moisturise since it does the job for you, also my face doesn’t feel tight or have any dry patches." -Preslia
While we can't promise that goat milk or goat milk soaps will relieve your acne, they have been incredibly beneficial for many people. We hope you find positive results as well! Be sure to let us know your personal experience.
Disclaimer: We are not doctors and this should not be considered medical advice. As always, consult with your dermatologist first and be careful testing new items on your skin.