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Some people on here recommend getting a blood test to see if theyre are certain foods that break you out, but I feel like if I was allergic to some specific food, they're would be other side effects than just pimples. Can that really be the only effect from something you are allergic to? I know all my friends that are allergic to foods need to get stabbed with epi pens if they eat the stuff, or get terrible rashes, or can't breathe, etc. It just seems weird that those things happen to them but all that happens to me is I get a couple pimples? Regardless, I would like to do it, but I am going to be really pissed if I shell out 200 dollars for this thing, or however much it costs, and I have on food allergies.

*no food allergies

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I'm allergic to nuts(male ones too lol) and I didn't get blood work done to find out, I got really sick when I was little, so they put the pieces together

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I just went to a immunology/allergy specialist who specializes in food allergies last week because I wanted to make sure nothing I was eating was aggravating my acne. I'm on my 5th month of accutane and still having daily break outs and cysts. Well he said that is definitely a myth. People used to think certain things you ate could make you get acne but studies have disproven that. He said if you were allergic to a particular food you would know because you would get hives, get itchy, or have trouble breathing. So go ahead and eat anything and everything with no fear.

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Yes, it can be the only sign. That you notice, anyway. I had no idea I was allergic to anything and would never have suspected that citrus caused my severe cystic acne until a coworker who got the same reaction but otherwise had perfect skin made the connection and mentioned it to me.

There are other kinds of allergies besides the ones that cause immediate reactions like rashes and swelling. There are delayed type reactions that involve a different type of anti-body which cause all kind of issues that people suffer from without ever figuring out a cause. Like headaches, fatigue, asthma, and acne.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Good-Acne...30#entry2574130

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I recommend getting the EnteroLabs stool sample tests. They are much more accurate than blood tests.

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I just went to a immunology/allergy specialist who specializes in food allergies last week because I wanted to make sure nothing I was eating was aggravating my acne. I'm on my 5th month of accutane and still having daily break outs and cysts. Well he said that is definitely a myth. People used to think certain things you ate could make you get acne but studies have disproven that. He said if you were allergic to a particular food you would know because you would get hives, get itchy, or have trouble breathing. So go ahead and eat anything and everything with no fear.

Its not just food allergies but also food intolerances/digestive issues... I've read on here something about prolonged exposure to allergens giving rise to acne, through various mechanisms that I cannot explain in detail... There are plenty of threads with supporting info on this site to counter the last poster's/posters doctor's opinion....

READ THIS: recently, out of sheer desperation I started fasting to see once and for all if certain foods affect my acne.... I've been gluten and dairy free (95%) for months now to no avail.... I wanted to see if I was wasting my time..... I eat normally ALOT of starch and sugar, along with plenty o' protien, and never gain a pound.... I've been in great shape and at 200 lbs for years now (I'm 27); but still suffer from horrible cystic acne.... Totally fucking up my life acne... Anywayz, I've began seeing great reductions in swelling since day one; I had a striking suspicion that my body throws down incredible amounts of insulin to compensate for the abundant calories that I take in in sugar/starch.... This "insulin rollercoaster" as someone on the org recently put it, is not good... It leads to insulin resistance and inflammation(some how, but don't ask me, ask the experts on the nutrition forums). BOTTOM LINE: I've cut all carbs as much as possible; no sugars period, no high carb veggies/tubers... Only greens, mature carrots, NO FRUIT(of which I ate tons).... I'm keeping under 20 grams of carbs/day..... I'M SEEING RESULTS, I THINK I'VE FOUND MY PERSONAL REASON FOR STILL GETTING HORRIBLE CYSTIC ACNE AT 27... I'll post pics in a few days if it works; I have no before pics as i was way to depressed for picture taking but the red marks should be a good indicator........ I do have a recent post with some good examples (pics) that I'll dig up....PEACE

* in the five mins it took me to write this one of those experts to whom I respect their educated opinions' dearly has already chimed in....Ms Alternativista

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I just went to a immunology/allergy specialist who specializes in food allergies last week because I wanted to make sure nothing I was eating was aggravating my acne. I'm on my 5th month of accutane and still having daily break outs and cysts. Well he said that is definitely a myth. People used to think certain things you ate could make you get acne but studies have disproven that. He said if you were allergic to a particular food you would know because you would get hives, get itchy, or have trouble breathing. So go ahead and eat anything and everything with no fear.

None of what you were told is true. There have been many studies linking acne to diet since that one, incredibly flawed study that 'proved' no connection. There's a thread containing links to many such studies pinned in the forum under Important Topics.

And there are other types of allergic reactions besides those that cause immediate itching, hives, wheezing, swelling and Anaphylactic shock. The trouble is, most allergists are only concerned with the immediate type reaction (involving IgE antibodies) which can kill you. See IgG vs IgE reactions http://www.acne.org/messageboard/IgE-vs-Ig...le-t200416.html

And here's a study for you showing a link between allergic responses and acne vulgaris:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...t&p=2311186

In addition, there are other types of food intolerances that are not allergies and don't involve the immune system but cause inflammation which affects acne as well as inhibiting your bodies ability to absorb nutrients which affects acne. And can lead to true allergies which affects acne.

I took two courses of accutane and still had severe cystic acne. Because the cysts were an allergic reaction.

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I just went to a immunology/allergy specialist who specializes in food allergies last week because I wanted to make sure nothing I was eating was aggravating my acne. I'm on my 5th month of accutane and still having daily break outs and cysts. Well he said that is definitely a myth. People used to think certain things you ate could make you get acne but studies have disproven that. He said if you were allergic to a particular food you would know because you would get hives, get itchy, or have trouble breathing. So go ahead and eat anything and everything with no fear.

Hope you didn't pay too much for the doctor's appointment because he's sorely misinformed and is COMPLETELY WRONG! As others have mentioned there's a big difference between food allergies and food sensitivities and intolerances.

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