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Gluten is a little bit of a buzzword these
days, I am sure you have seen it on the side of food packaging and marketing
materials waving the flag to ensure you know if something is gluten free. But
why, what is it?! Many sources claim that gluten is safe for everybody, except
perhaps people with a diagnosis of celiac disease or display similar
symptoms. But confusingly other health
professionals suggest that gluten is in fact harmful for the majority of people
and we should be looking out for the gluten free badges. So, where do we stand
and what are the implications?!
Well, here at AcnEase we aim to answer the above questions and provide
information to enable you to weave your way through a minefield of scientific
sources, marketing, diet control and so on.
Just a few years ago we would not have even heard of gluten and now it’s the
food industry ‘baddy’ that everyone is wary of.
Gluten quickly became the villain of the
food industry and getting the blame for all sorts of symptoms and disorders. As
a result this triggered the birth of a whole range of ‘gluten-free’ products
ranging across all major supermarkets. But before you head for the gluten free
isle and stock up on all things with yellow packaging, is gluten really
responsible for acne!?
Gluten is a range or family of proteins
typically found in foods such as wheat, spelt and barley. You may be more
familiar with wheat as this is the most commonly consumed source of gluten.
As a result of flour being mixed with water
the protein elements of gluten become sticky and form a glue like consistency,
hence 'glu'-ten, you heard it here first! This consistency is exactly why dough
becomes elasticated and encourages the bread to rise when baked.
Of course we are what we eat and there is
most certainly a link between the foods we consume and the optimal function of
our body. However, a direct link between gluten and acne is a lot less
Again eating a well balanced proportionate
diet is crucial for optimal functioning, combating and even preventing many
conditions. But before you avoid gluten rich foods specifically to avoid
getting acne or as a treatment for acne do consider the evidence bases of these
What I am getting at is that if you are not
gluten intolerant then it is very unlikely that gluten is the root cause of
your acne. Why would it be?! If you are not intolerant then this means your
body is able to receive and process gluten in a systematic manner, without the
side effect of acne.
In saying this if you already have a
specific condition, such as celiac disease or are intolerant to the consumption
of gluten then this can have further adverse effects on your symptoms such as
promote or encourage acne. But again gluten is not the cause of the acne here,
just possibly a maintenance factor. A further side effect of gluten intolerance
is inflammation. This inflammation can occur across the body, internally and
externally over the skin, making breakouts of acne worse. The inflammation of
the skin can scar the skin and weaken skin cells making that area more prone to
future acne breakouts. But once more, gluten is not the root cause of the
breakout, rather a contributor jumping on the bandwagon of a preceding
OK, so we have established that gluten can
indeed worsen symptoms and exacerbate conditions that are
already there. But this is not the root cause of acne breakouts, in fact gluten
doesn't play much of a role in your hormone level disruption either and not
classed a primary reason behind the cycle process of acne and skin
inflammation. With this in mind, we can now rule out that removing gluten from your
diet is a treatment for acne.
This leaves us with the golden opportunity
to treat acne at the real source. AcnEase specialise in natural treatments for
clearing skin conditions such as blackheads, whiteheads, oily skin, redness as
well as inflammation of the skin. AcnEase skin care range allows you to improve
your skin care game by providing botanical skin care products that combat
hormonal imbalance preventing future breakouts.
AcnEase products aim to treat the root of skin
conditions by stabilising the overproduction of sebum and moderating
testosterone levels in the blood stream. All this is done using safe and
natural products that improve your current skin condition as well as prevent
We understand that when experiencing acne
or other skin conditions it can be very frustrating, especially if they are on
a cycle and keep returning. Finding a true treatment can be a minefield and
exploring every avenue for a cure is exhausting. But acnEase makes this process
simpler with its range of effective products together with the understanding
that gluten does not cause acne, thus decreasing acne breakouts and preventing
future skin conditions.