Is Going Gluten-Free the Secret to Getting Perfect Skin?

by Amy Wicks

Fairchild ArchiveFairchild ArchiveThe latest trend in healthy eating involves cutting gluten out of your diet (if you've been to Whole Foods lately, you've probably noticed how the whole store is basically gluten-free). I'm a fan of gluten (pizza and beer are my friends), but I'm thinking about eliminating it from my diet--at least, temporarily--to see how it affects my skin. It turns out many of us could have a sensitivity to gluten, and this could lead to skin inflammations, such as acne and eczema.

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The Mayo Clinic reports that wheat--home to gluten--is one of the most allergenic foods, so it makes sense that many of us are adversely affected by wheat and gluten.

"In addition to frustrating skin problems, those with gluten sensitivity may have a host of other symptoms that include gas, bloating, fatigue, and joint pain," reports the Huffington Post. "Even those who don't experience gas and bloating may suffer from other digestive issues that stop our bodies from absorbing the essential nutrients that keep our skin healthy."

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If you've tried everything under the sun and still have skin issues, it might be worth trying to lay off the gluten for a few weeks to see if your skin improves. I'm going to give it a try. I'll report back to let you know what happens!

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