Gluten and Acne – Is There a Connection?

by Admin on April 3, 2014

acne-on-faceIn the last few years, gluten-free has risen to the top of the diet world. Grocery aisles now have special designations for gluten-free products and restaurants are heeding the call by offering gluten-free dishes. Gluten rich diets have been charged with causing a myriad of health issues, including migraines, psoriasis and inflammation. One result from gluten that hasn’t been given much attention is acne. Given that gluten affects hormones, can acne be triggered by gluten? The subject is up for debate.

The truth is that there is actually a very small population of people that are gluten intolerant. In fact, The University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center estimates that more than 3 million Americans — about one in 133 — have celiac disease. Some say higher, while others say it’s much less. Either way, if you’re not allergic to gluten and following a gluten-free diet, it is basically pointless.

For those who are gluten sensitive, it’s imperative that they adhere to a diet that is free of gluten.  If you’re gluten intolerant, digesting gluten is a problem because the body does not recognize it and treats it as a foreign body. Over time, the small intestines become damaged causing digestive issues. The result in some instances can be acne.

How do I know if my acne is the result of gluten?

First of all, you need to ascertain if you’re gluten intolerant. If you’re not, gluten will not cause the internal issues that would eventually lead to acne. However, if you do suffer with acne and haven’t explored gluten as the potential trigger, maybe now is the time to do a little research.

According to Natural News, “Acne is a result of blood sugar problems and chronic inflammation. These trigger hormonal reactions that lead to increased sebum production, blocked pores and overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria.” Inflammation which is caused by the body’s immune system working to “fight off” an invader (gluten) releases histamine thereby increasing inflammation as well as insulin resistance. As we know, insulin resistance leads to blood sugar issues which have been linked to acne.

If gluten was not so rampant in everyday foods, inflammation would likely not be an issue. But given the fact that so many foods contain gluten, it’s important to pay close attention when shopping or eating out.

Tips for gluten induced acne

1. The most important first step is making an appointment with your dermatologist or doctor to discuss the likelihood of gluten causing your acne.

2. If approved by your physician, experiment with your diet by eliminating gluten. However, do take note that if you’re not gluten sensitive and you eliminate gluten products from your diet, you may experience nutritional deficiencies. Bottom line, if you’re not gluten intolerant, gluten is likely not the cause of acne.

3. If you find you are gluten intolerant, keep a list of gluten-free foods handy so when you shop or dine out, you’re able to choose the foods that are going to keep you and your system happy. Remember, gluten is everywhere. You can find gluten in nearly all processed foods as well as items you wouldn’t think of, such as lipsticks, shampoos and vitamins.

4. Typically, when a person has diet induced acne, breakouts happen a few days after eating foods with gluten. Bottom line, if you’ve been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, you’ll need to avoid gluten completely.

The importance of a healthy diet.

Regardless of your sensitivity to gluten, you can never go wrong with implementing a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties; therefore they will do their part to keep your body and skin healthy. Visit Skinfo.com or Advanced Dermatology for more info regarding clear skin information.

In addition to diet, exercise, regular sleep habits and sunlight (it has an anti-inflammatory effect) can also contribute to healthier skin. If you find that your acne seems impervious to all of your prior efforts, perhaps gluten may be the piece you’ve been missing.

About the author: Nicki is the health and fitness columnist for Chicago Suburban Newspapers, Tribune Company/Naperville Magazine and contributor to numerous magazines and websites including, MSNBC.com, Forbes.com and FitnessMagazine.com, Real Simple, Prevention, Women’s Health and Women’s’ Running, Men’s Health and Fitness.  For more information about Nicki visit, nickianderson.com and follow her on Twitter.

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Cleavage-WrinklesAs we grow older, our skin begins to show signs of damage caused by the sun and the aging process. This damage often appears as wrinkles in the face and cleavage of women. While there are many products and procedures on the market for the face area, rarely is there ever any mention of wrinkle treatment for the chest area. Listed here are five surprising ways to help you fight cleavage wrinkles.

1. Try a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel removes the outer layers of the skin to give it a more consistent and smooth texture. Often the ingredients used in the chemical peel can also aid in preventing future damage of the skin as well.

2. Microdermabrasion

Similar to a chemical peel, microdermabrasion is used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as superficial skin discoloration, fine lines and uneven rough texture. During treatment, a hand piece is used along with sodium bicarbonate, silicone derived particles, aluminum oxide crystals, or a diamond-tip to abrade the skin. Microdermabrasion treatments are recommended twice a week for multiple weeks in order to obtain maximum results.

3. Laser Treatment

This form of treatment is performed using an ablative laser that applies heat to the top layer of skin. The heat is intensified until the skin containing the wrinkles is completely removed. Although visible improvement can be seen in as little as one to two treatments, for optimal results, multiple treatments are encouraged. This is especially true for patients who suffer from skin damage or severe wrinkles.

4. Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction Surgery

Breast augmentation and reconstruction surgery is often done to change the shape, increase the size, or alter the texture of a woman’s breasts. Saline or silicone gel implants are surgically inserted into the normal healthy breasts to improve the symmetry and increase fullness. Breast reconstruction can also help to restore the breasts to a close to normal appearance, size and shape after a mastectomy has been performed. If one breast is reconstructed, sometimes augmentation surgery may be suggested afterward for the other breast to improve size, position, and symmetry of both breasts. Both of these procedures can decrease the visibility of cleavage wrinkles.

5. Intense Pulsed Light

Intense pulsed light treatment is a form of laser treatment. However, instead of heating the top layer of skin, the second layer of skin is heated. This treatment triggers the body to heal the injured area and thus produce new skin cell and collagen growth. Intense pulsed light treatment may require several visits before maximum benefits are achieved.

If you are interested in any of these treatments that aid in reducing and preventing cleavage wrinkles, consider contacting a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon for more information. He or she can help you to decide if the selected procedure is right for you.

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