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Cut Out Gluten!

11 May 2013 - 06:58 PM

I have been dealing with moderate to severe acne since I first hit puberty, and I am now 18 years of age. I studied all that I thought was possible about acne and how to deal with it, until I realized something the other day. My diet was overwhelmed with gluten, the protein used to give dough its elasticity and its chewy texture.


My diet consisted of healthy food, such as Total Raisin Bran cereal for breakfast, multiple servings of vegetables and fruits, along with sandwiches using whole grain bread, eating soup on occasion, and snacking on a handful of crackers on occasion. Just about 75% of my diet had gluten in it, but labeled as "wheat flour" on the list of ingredients. I knew that gluten was bad, but I didn't expect it to also be known as wheat, and I didn't know what it was at all for that matter. I always thought that since the food I was eating was generally healthy for the most part, it had to be helping my skin.


I have started a gluten-free diet, hoping that my acne is mostly triggered by a gluten intolerance. So far, after 36 hours of being gluten-free, my skin is already looking a lot better and I can definitely notice the inflammation decreasing. 

Stubborn Dry Skin

05 May 2013 - 06:38 PM

Over the winter my skin has gotten very dry, to the point where lotion seems to do nothing but make the surface smooth and no more than that. I drink easily 8-12 glasses of water a day and my diet is relatively much healthier than the average Joe.


I've been taking 5 minute showers with warm water, scrubbing with a loofah with not too much soap, and applying lotion to my whole body right after I dry off. I've recently started washing my hair once every 4-5 days because my scalp has just gotten so flaky. My regimen now consists of me splashing my face with warm water once in the morning after going for a jog, with a follow up application of moisturizer, and at night I do the same but without any exercise prior. My regimen before consisted of me using an Aveeno cleanser every morning and night and a moisturizer, but that was just way too much.


I thought since the weather has gotten a lot warmer my skin would have gotten better by now, but it's still dry to the point where I can easily see wrinkles in my face if I tense my eyebrows or move my face at all. I don't understand how this has been happening considering I know people who take hot showers for 10-20 minutes every day and let the water hit their face and don't apply moisturizer, also not drinking much liquid and they're completely fine. I'm wondering maybe if I should just not wash at all.