Hidradentis Suppurativa can be a pain in the ass when you first start figuring out your H.S trigger foods.
That’s why I’m laying out some trigger foods when it comes to cheese since I’ve done the work already.
Less of a pain in the ass for you that way.
Little research has been done in this area, but there are many associations (one of which is dairy’s effects on Hidradenitis Suppurativa).
Still, there is thankfully cheese you can eat which I’ve painfully tested on my own skin for months on end.
Let’s talk about it from the perspective of:
- What’s BEST for you when it comes to cheese.
- And which cheese is the worst for Hidradenitis.
I’m a cheese connoisseur, so here’s a list.
The Best Cheese for Hidradenitis.
1. Mild Cheddar Cheese
Mild Cheddar is the least aged of all the types of cheddar cheeses. And THAT is why it’s the safest for those who suffer from Hidradenitis Suppuraitva like myself.
Aged cheeses create different effects, like more Histamines for example, and this affects the skin.
Test it for yourself and you’ll be surprised at the results.
2. Feta Cheese (caution)
Feta Cheese is only aged for 1 month or two, so it’s perfect for Hidradenitis. But it can be aged for longer so double check.
Being a fresh type of cheese it’s compatible for those who suffer from multiple types of skin issues, but Hidradenitis Suppurativa is the main focus here.
3. Brie Cheese
Brie is similar to Feta in that it’s not aged for months on end. It’s a semi-fresh cheese and that makes it worth testing and should be fine.
Be careful not to buy Brie that has been aged for longer because some Brie has been aged more than the typical timeframe.
4. Goat’s Cheese
Goat’s cheese has different properties to other regular cheese from cow’s milk. And it’s this type of property that makes “Goats” anything much better on the body and skin.
More so for those who suffer from skin issues and inflammation.
Plus it’s a fresh cheese, making it one of the best to eat for Hidradenitis Suppurativa sufferers.
5. Cottage Cheese
As one of the many fresh cheeses that even those who demonize cheese agree is healthy, you can’t go wrong.
Well, as long as you don’t eat too much of this fresh cheese since it has LESS fat, making the carbohydrate count higher than normal (as well as sugar).
6. Camembert Cheese
Camembert isn’t my favourite cheese by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s healthy, it’s aged for 1+ month, and it’s an acceptable cheese to eat for skin inflammation issues.
Test it for yourself if you don’t mind the taste.
7. Mozzarella Cheese
Mozzarella cheese is another fresh cheese on this list, and like fresh cheese in general, you can eat it and have no problems whatsoever.
This type of fresh cheese has more fat than others and is filling.
Buffalo Mozzarella is one of the best versions.
8. Cream Cheese
Fresh, creamy cheese with less histamine content than the opposite types of cheese.
Like others, don’t overdo it because of the extra sugar and carbs.
The WORST Cheese for H.S:
9. Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan cheese will make you break out and cause all kinds of flare-ups for your Hidradenitis.
It’s aged for 12 months or longer, making it a gamble for many suffering from skin inflammation.
I can’t eat it. My face blows up.
10. Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese
Extra Mature Cheddar might be the most acceptable cheese out of the “worst” cheese list. But it’s still problematic.
Always be your own guinea pig and test, but the fact is histamines, and other properties that come about because of the long ageing process can aggravate your skin.
11. Vintage Cheese
Vintage cheese speaks for itself. It’s usually a form of cheddar but it doesn’t stop there.
Being aged for so long, like 18 months or more, the effects will be detrimental to those who eat this on a regular.
12. Comte Cheese
Comte is another aged cheese that’s aged for, well, ages. And is incompatible with people who suffer from this skin condition (Hidradenitis Suppurativa).
13. Gouda Cheese (caution)
Gouda cheese is OK if you get the kind that hasn’t been aged for long (1 or 2 months). But you have to be cautious since it could be months on end and it may not even tell you on the package.
Otherwise, it should be fairly safe but always test.
14. Edam Cheese (caution)
Edam Cheese is like Gouda. You have to test it, and it could be aged much longer than the 1 or 2 month range.
If it’s not aged for months, this should be safe. It’s one of the best-tasting cheeses in my eyes (or mouth).
15. Jarlsberg Cheese
Jarlsberg cheese is Norweigan cheese. It tastes pretty good. But unfortunately, it’s aged a lot longer than regular cheese.
While everyone’s tolerance can differ, it’s generally worth avoiding. But you’re welcome to test it out.
In fact, you always should do that.
16. Raw cheese (caution)
And then there’s raw cheese. Also known as Unpasteurized cheese.
Depending on where you live on this planet, it may be illegal, or hard to buy, or easy to get if you’re in Europe.
It’s easy to see why this cheese made it on the list. After eating regular cheese for so long, you might have a strong reaction to raw cheese that will probably do more than make your face blow up.
It’s best to test your tolerance in small doses or avoid it outright if it’s not your thing (hence why it’s one of the worst).
The bottom line is:
- Aged cheeses are WORSE for your ski.
- Fresh or minimally aged cheeses are OK for your skin.
And as annoying as it is, you may have to test it. Or you can use this guide to avoid cheese outright, while only eating the ones you like most that are safest.