Can someone here point me to any research that has been done on the acne-gluten connection?
What would really be nice is an extensive poll done on acne.org by those who've gone gluten-free.
I don't have any of the digestive symptoms, for example, but have discovered that those foods with the most gluten give me the most breakouts. But I'm still on the fence about it because of the difficulty of isolating it: foods with high gluten tend to have a high GI; gluten is in practically everything now.
So I guess my biggest questions are:
1. Where's the formal research on acne & gluten?
2. Does gluten affect acne even if you don't have an intolerance, and if so, how?
Gluten which is associated with pretty much every autoimmune condition there is. Lectins like gluten can damage the gut lining and influence the structure and function of the intestines. One major problem they can cause is ‘increased gut permeability’ also known as ‘leaky gut’. Leaky gut is associated with both metabolic
syndrome and autoimmune disease, and causes ‘systemic inflammation’ which is at the root of various disorders. Gut dysfunction also impairs the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food and affects intestinal bacteria. Lectins can pass through the gut lining intact and reach the blood stream where some - like gluten
have the potential to interfere with the body’s normal hormonal balance, metabolism and health.
That is all you need to know. If that it isn't enough to cut gluten out then good luck with your health.
Edited by TakeToTheSkies, 09 January 2013 - 02:44 AM.