Could Food Allergies Be Causing Your Acne?

Acne is just a part of being a teenager, right? Most of us can remember feeling self-conscious as we headed off to high school with those awful pimples that we just wish would go away. Some of us got off easy, but for others acne was much less forgiving. It made us feel bad, hurt our self-esteem, and often got us very frustrated. Despite all of the skin cleanses we tried, sometimes it seemed to make it no better.

Perhaps the reality was we went about it all wrong.

In fact, acne has been found to actually start on the inside and show up on the outside. Acne actually starts within the body, and the skin serves as a method of elimination. Thus, toxins and waste, are lost through the skin. As the toxins travel to the surface of our skin, they can become inflamed and result in clogged pores and acne. So rather then topically treating the acne, one must go back to what can be causing the acne to begin with. And often antibiotics are a temporary treatment, but once they are discontinued, the same cycle of clogged pores often resumes.  

While it may surprise many, numerous studies show that the underlying cause of acne can actually be food allergies. In fact, the most recent research finds food allergies to be the number one cause of acne.  When someone eats a food that they are allergic to, the body reacts by producing toxins to potentially fight off the allergen, which is perceived as an invader.

The reaction can then cause inflammation in the skin, as it tries to eliminate the toxins.  

Any food allergy can result in acne, among other symptoms. Dairy allergies have been most often associated with skin issues, but the causes can truly be from any food. Different people's bodies will react differently to food allergens, with varying symptoms.

However, skin rashes, hives, and acne outbreaks are among the common symptoms. Those with worse cases of acne seem to be plagued with greater food allergies.

It is often hard to determine what is causing the acne in the first place. Quite often the timing of the acne outbreak will lag after consumption. It can be hours or days before the skin outbreak is seen, so it is hard to tie them together. For those who are unaware of what their food allergy might be, it is often something that is overlooked, assuming that acne is a part of growing older and genetics.  

In order to determine what might be causing acne, it is important to keep a record of your food intake to see if there is a pattern to your skin outbreak. Then by eliminating the foods that may be the cause, it will be easier to determine which food or foods might be the culprit. It is important to share this with your internist, and it may lead to food allergy testing to confirm this allergy. Once confirmed, a change in diet to remove that food will be prescribed.

This should in turn resolve the issue of acne.

It is then important to learn how to maintain a healthy intake with your new diet, devoid of the food allergen. Making sure to replace any vitamins or minerals that your body is lacking is something to pay close attention too.  In fact, there are many nutritional deficiencies that are also linked to skin outbreaks and causes of acne as well. So while you might have removed the toxins, you won't want to break out for yet another dietary reason. 

So before you give up on your acne, thinking it is a lost cause, take the time to think about what you are eating.  A quick diet change up and clear skin may be right around the corner.

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