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Food Allergy Solutions Review

News, Ideas & Strategies to Improve Your Health

February 2004

Acne: How Food Can Cause It

Acne may be one of the most common conditions known to humans. It can be embarrassing, frustrating, and downright unfair. Fortunately, most of the time, it is also avoidable.

The Traditional View of Acne and Its Treatment

Most people assume that getting acne is a normal part of life. But why do some people get acne when others do not? And why do certain people have such bad cases of acne? Commercial treatments for acne focus on keeping the skin clean and clearing clogged pores. This sounds reasonable, but again, why do some people have to obsessively clean their skin when others do not? And why do some people cleanse, exfoliate, deep clean and still get acne?

What's Wrong with this Approach to Acne?

The real problem with this approach to acne is that acne develops from inside the body, not outside. The skin is an organ, and it is an organ of elimination. We eliminate waste products through our skin, just as we loose minerals when we sweat.

Too many toxins inside the body can lead to inflammation in the skin resulting in clogged pores and acne. In order to treat the cause of the acne we must first remove the toxins.

Why Do Antibiotics Help, but Only Temporarily?

The inflamed and clogged pores of acne become infected. This is what causes puss. Antibiotics may help treat this infection. Unfortunately, acne comes back when the antibiotics are discontinued because the underlying cause that leads to inflammation and clogged pores, toxins in the body, still exists.


What Really Causes Acne?

A majority of acne cases, as well as many other skin blemishes, are caused by food allergies. Hormone imbalances may also play a role, but are largely over-rated. Fortunately both are treatable.

How Do Food Allergies Cause Acne?

Food allergies are the number one cause of acne, and the worse the acne the more likely food allergies are involved. Eating a food to which the body is allergic leads to a continuous toxic reaction. In such a case the immune system fights the food as if it were an invading organism. This can cause inflammation in the skin (and many other conditions), as well as the need to eliminate the toxin.

What Foods Cause Acne?

There isn’t just one food that causes acne. Any food allergy is capable of causing acne. However, the most common cause of acne that I see in my practice is dairy products.


Why Is It So Difficult to Recognize One's Own Food Allergy?

This is problematic because of the often delayed nature of food allergies. Allergy symptoms may show up hours or even a day later, after a food is well absorbed into your system. And acne generally doesn’t come and go quickly enough to be associated with food.

This difficulty is compounded by the fact that certain foods, such as dairy and wheat, are so prevalent in our diet that many people eat them nearly every day. Therefore connecting your symptoms with your eating habits is often nearly impossible.

What Causes a Food Allergy?

It is most likely that food allergies are genetically predetermined. In the big picture, humans have only recently introduced many current day foods into the diet, so it’s not surprising that the immune system doesn’t recognize every food as a friendly substance.

However, we undoubtedly do not understand everything there is to know about food or food allergies.

How Do I Determine if I Have a Food Allergy?

The only sure way to determine if you have a food allergy is to have your blood tested for antibodies to a variety of foods. This is done with an ELISA Food Allergy Panel, which measures your immune response to approximately 100 different foods.

If you experience acne be sure to call 425-398-1254 to schedule an appointment.


Acne Case Studies

Case #1: 15 year old male with severe facial acne. This patient had undergone several rounds of antibiotics, which had temporarily treated his acne. However, the acne continued to return. ELISA food allergy testing demonstrated a high antibody reaction to several foods, including dairy and eggs. The removal of the offending foods resulted in noticeable improvement within 2 weeks, and over several weeks the patient’s his skin had cleared for good.

Case #1: 25 year old male with acne, predominantly on the back. This patient had experienced back acne and mild facial acne since his early teenage years. He also experience periodic digestive problems, including diarrhea, and had fatigue and frequent itchy skin. Following food allergy testing and the removal of gluten and dairy, both of which were positive, his acne gradually cleared and his other symptoms resolved.

Case #1: 20 year old female patient with acne. Patient was otherwise very healthy and ate a healthy diet. ELISA food allergy testing demonstrated high antibodies to dairy. The removal of dairy from her diet resulted in the clearing of her skin.

No More Acne!


New Support Group for

Gluten Intolerant Kids and Their Families

If you have a child with celiac disease or gluten intolerance and would like to get together with other people with the same challenge, then this is the group for you.

A new chapter of ROCK, Raising Our Celiac Kids, has recently been formed for the Seattle area. The goal of the group is to create an enjoyable and supportive environment for kids and families to meet and interact.

For more information please contact Nick Pierson via email at [email protected], by phone at 425-401-9163, or visit the website at


For more information about the ROCK organization nationally, visit


Stephen Wangen, N.D.

"The Natural Choice for Dealing with Food Allergies"

Email: [email protected]

19110 Bothell Way N.E., Suite 103 • Bothell WA 98011 • 425-398-1254

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A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. Once the immune system decides that a particular food is harmful, it creates specific antibodies to it.

The next time the individual eats that food, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, including histamine, in order to protect the body. These chemicals trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, or cardiovascular system.

Scientists estimate that approximately 11 million Americans suffer from true food allergies. At the present time, there is no cure for food allergy. Avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction.

Although an individual could be allergic to any food, such as fruits, vegetables, and meats, they are not as common as the following eight foods which account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions:




Tree nut (walnut, cashew, etc.)






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Yes, I agree with the food allergy and acne. For me it is pork products, (sausage, ham,) peanuts, peanut butter, tree nuts, so far milk and shell fish don't bother me or eggs or the other things that you mentioned. It doesn't bother the top of my face, but on my neck, big red and painful zits that take weeks and months to finally go away. Since I have discovered what does this to me, I read lables and ask questions about the food, embarassing, but when I say allergy, they sympathize for me. It is worth asking and reading lables to have me skin look good and feel good about myself.

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