Could Gluten Sensitivity Be Troubling Your Skin?

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Is there anything more frustrating than eating well and caring for your skin but seeing no improvement in skin conditions like acne and eczema? Lots of us who suffer from skin problems have tried over-the-counter remedies, dermatologist prescriptions, changes in diet– to no avail. For some of these people, the culprit is gluten!

While a relatively small percentage of the population has a serious gluten allergy called Celiac disease, many more of us are simply intolerant or sensitive to the stuff, which shows up in a mind-boggling number of places! It's almost certain that gluten is in your beer, your bread, your pizza dough, cereals, grains, soups, sauces– even salad dressings.

If you are sensitive to gluten you might experience symptoms like fatigue, headaches, tiredness, joint pain, gas and bloating- and frustrating skin problems like acne, eczema, dryness, psoriasis and rashes.

How does gluten bring down the complexions of those who are sensitive? It links back to two things: inflammation and digestion. Any food that your body views as an allergen (this could easily be dairy, nuts, etc. as well) creates inflammation, which shows up externally in the state of your skin (your skin just looks angry!). And gluten intolerance can also cause serious digestive issues (even if you don't automatically feel gas and bloat) that prevent our bodies  from absorbing other essential nutrients that keep your skin healthy and glowing.

So if you feel like you've been doing all the right things but you haven't seen an improvement in your skin, take a close look at gluten. You might find that a few foods that are a regular part of your diet are causing you lots of skin trouble in the long run!

The reassuring news is that there is a growing consciousness about gluten sensitivities that is making it easy to live gluten-free. Grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat, teff, amaranth, corn and rice are gluten-free.  For more personal guidance in creating a diet that supports your skin and your overall health, gluten free or not, contact me at jolene@beautyiswellness.com.