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Can food intolerances cause Acne?

Can food intolerances cause Acne?

Acne can be an embarrassing and confidence shattering experience for people, and it’s often put down to hormones and overeating refined sugary foods. However, this is not always the case, particularly where adult acne is concerned. Food intolerances can be a significant contributing factor in the development and continuation of all types of Acne, due to the inflammation and toxicity that they cause within the body. One of the main functions of the skin is elimination. So the presence of Acne can be due to the body trying to expel what it sees as toxins from consuming foods you are intolerant too. Let’s take a more in-depth look at how food intolerances can perpetuate your acne issues.

Firstly it’s important to understand the difference between food intolerances and food allergies. We have covered this extensively in previous articles HERE and HERE. In a nutshell, food allergies are life-threatening immune system reactions to proteins found in foods. They cause the body to have huge histamine reactions, with swelling, difficulty breathing and other severe reactions that can culminate in death if not quickly treated.

Food intolerances, on the other hand, are not generally immune system reactions, but rather a response to digestive irritation, or a lack of certain enzymes needed to digest specific foods. They are not life-threatening like allergies, but they can undoubtedly degrade your quality of life.

When we develop food intolerances, it is very easy for them to go unnoticed. This is because the symptoms can be very mild, such as a small skin rash or low headache, which can take up to 48 hours to manifest. It’s not always apparent that these symptoms are being caused by the food you are eating. When we have undiagnosed food intolerances and keep consuming those foods, this can cause a large build-up of inflammation and toxins in the body over time. Eventually, this can turn into leaky gut, which is an inflammatory digestive condition that we cover in this article HERE titled ‘SIBO & Food Intolerances’. In leaky gut, particles of food get through into the bloodstream that were never meant to do that. This is what goes on to cause inflammation and food intolerance issues.

It’s this Leaky gut syndrome that is most often the driver of Acne that’s brought on by food intolerances. You may have other symptoms alongside persistent Acne too, and these can include:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea or constipation – IBS
  • Gas and belching
  • A lowered immune system with frequent infections
  • And many more symptoms too.
There is a specific subset of foods that are more commonly known to cause Acne via this leaky gut mechanism, and they are:
  1. Dairy foods – anything made from cow’s milk
  2. Wheat/gluten-containing foods
  3. Eating an abundance of refined white sugar and processed foods.
  4. Vegetable oils and other heavily processed fats such as margarine, mostly found in processed and fast food.

So what can you do about this?

The very first recommendation is to get yourself a food intolerance test. You can order yours HERE, and once your sample is received, you will have your test results within three days.

With over 700+ items tested for, you will receive a full report that lists all the foods and non-food items that may be causing your symptoms, including uncomfortable Acne. This information is life-changing, and by removing the foods on your list, you may be amongst the many who have seen dramatic improvements quickly through the removal of intolerance foods.

Whilst you are waiting for your test results, you can try removing gluten and dairy from your diet for a period of two weeks. This will allow you to see what effect these foods may be having on your body and if they are playing a role in your Acne or not. Following a whole food meal plan such as this one HERE will help you to remove gluten and dairy easily.

Some other things that you can do to help clear Acne include:

  • Staying hydrated. Drink at least two litres of pure water daily.
  • Infrared sauna therapy is excellent for removing toxins from the skin and may help to clear up your Acne.
  • Make sure you use a gentle and natural face wash and do not over wash or scrub your face. This can irritate it and cause further acne flare-ups.
  • Use a dab of pure tea tree oil on spots to help dry and clear them up.
  • See a Naturopath if the above recommendations do not help.

In conclusion, food intolerances can be a significant cause of adult acne. This is mainly due to the large amount of inflammation and toxicity they cause, which overtime can go on to create leaky gut and systemic inflammation. As the skin is an organ of elimination, it can produce Acne in an attempt to get rid of this inflammatory, toxic load.

It is not always easy to pinpoint if food intolerances are the issue. So our number one recommendation for adult acne sufferers is to get yourself tested for food intolerances HERE. Once your sample is received, you will have your results within three days, which could be the catalyst you need to create clear skin and excellent health.

In the meantime, we have given you some tips to try at home, which include removing certain foods from your diet, staying hydrated, and using gentle and natural face products, amongst other things.

As always, we hope this is helpful and aids your recovery from food intolerance symptoms.

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