With its main patented natural active ingredient IDP® derived from cow’s milk, I’m often asked if people with lactose intolerance can use Epiology on their skin.
Lactose intolerance is a very common health condition in adults. For anyone who reacts poorly when they ingest milk products, it’s understandable they may worry a dairy-based skin care product might cause an acne flare-up, skin irritation or other issues.
Epiology and lactose intolerance
The great news is that an intolerance to lactose won’t hinder you from using Epiology everyday to achieve that beautiful, clear, hydrated skin you’re looking for.
Firstly, lactose intolerance only occurs when you ingest milk products.
Lactose intolerance is caused by an inability to effectively digest the natural sugar lactose, which is commonly found in dairy products like milk and yoghurt. Basically, the small intestine fails to make enough of the enzyme lactase, which usually breaks down the lactose. When the undigested lactose moves from the small to the large intestine, it reacts with the bacteria normally found in the large intestine and triggers bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea and other unpleasant symptoms. Not nice at all!
Secondly, there actually isn’t any lactose in Epiology’s active ingredient IDP because the manufacturing process only isolates proteins from the milk.
The milk protein IDP, which stands for Immune Defense Proteins, is used by cows to fight infection. When we use it on our skin, the uniquely powerful Bio-Protein Complex has a potent triple action (Anti-redness, Antioxidant, Antibacterial), which penetrates deep into the pores of those pesky spots, targeting acne bacteria and reducing redness and irritation.
I should note here that lactose intolerance is very different to a milk allergy, which could happen in rare instances by touching a milk-based product. Given the composition of the IDP in Epiology products, this is very unlikely to happen. But, if you’ve been diagnosed with a milk allergy or are concerned this might be an issue, it’s always best practice to chat with your health practitioner and patch test the products as directed before routine use.