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.