Gluten: The Greatest Foe to Clear Skin

Gluten has become a very controversial topic of discussion these days. It’s believed that this category of proteins is safe for all except people with celiac disease. However, there are some health experts who are against this belief and say that it’s harmful for most of the people.

Well, most of us are aware that if at all gluten has side effects it’s only on the health. But, did you know it is the greatest enemy for clear skin? Whether you are eating a bun wrapped in lettuce or burger, it’s crucial to understand how it affects your skin. Get to know what gluten is and how it can affect your skin in this article.

If you don’t know what gluten is, it is the protein present in grains like rye, barley, wheat, and spelt. It behaves like glue and holds all the ingredients together. Gluten is what gives the doughnuts and pizzas their doughty texture. This protein category is something that people suffering from celiac disease should avoid completely. However, it’s also not only unhealthy for the body, but also for the skin.

It’s a fact that food sensitivities are often shown up on your skin. Everything from eczema to acne is an indicator that what you are eating is not agreeing with your body. Most of the times, gluten is the culprit for causing a majority of the skin imbalances. The reason is the effects that this category of proteins has on your body, and as a result, on your skin.

In fact, there are many people who have actually tried eliminating gluten from their diet for a few days and then including it again only to find that gluten was the culprit for their skin imbalances.

Here’s what one of the affected persons said – “I’ve suffered with rashes most of my adult life. They always started in the same spot. I’ve been put on antibiotics, told I wasn’t washing myself well enough and given steroids to combat it. Three years ago, I developed a rash that went from itchy to insane. My family doc gave me steroid shots and pills, it was just a band aid because as soon as the steroids wore off, it came back with a vengeance. People had a hard time looking at me, it was everywhere. Legs, fingers, back, chest etc. I went to Thomas Jefferson Celiac Disease Center looking for answers and had a doctor there ask me why I was there and not a dermatologist. She said in no way did she think it was related. I knew it had to be. I spent a year chasing answers, visiting dermatologists, allergy doctors and an immunologist. I was eventually put on cyclosporine (which shut my immune system down) and the rash went away, of course. I then put myself on an elimination diet and figured out what the cause of the rash was after going off the cyclosporine.”

Some of the gluten related skin disorders that you should be aware of are listed here:

  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Hyperpigmentation (Vitiligo)
  • Alopecia areata
  • Prurigo nodularis
  • atopic rashes

Doesn’t that seem to be adequate evidence to prove that gluten is the greatest foe to clear skin? If at all you have been suffering from skin issues without understanding what the reason is even after trying all kinds of remedies, it’s time you try to give up gluten and figure out if this binding ingredient has been causing all the problems!

We are not asking you to give up your favourite bagels, but only keeping you informed about gluten so that you eat the right foods for the benefit of your body, skin, and overall health.