We all want to keep our skin healthy, both to look good and feel healthy. But no matter what we do, some of us just have a harder time keeping our skin in tip top shape. But why is this? Well, it could very well be due to unrecognised food intolerances or allergies.
Firstly, there’s the most commonly known skin condition – allergic eczema. Eczema is a common condition that many children end up growing out own (thankfully), but this isn’t the case for everyone. A large proportion of those living with eczema actually have allergic eczema that’s usually triggered by an allergen.
Allergies and Hives
Hives are also a common allergic reaction. Hives aren’t just irritating and uncomfortable. They can also cause some serious damage to the skin – especially if you give in to the temptation to scratch.
These skin rashes don’t disappear immediately either. In some cases, they can last up to 4 weeks, with best a best case scenario of around 12 hours.
Intolerance Induced Acne
Next there’s the lesser known possibility of acne caused by a food intolerance. Acne can have many causes or triggers such as hormonal imbalances and stress, but a lesser known cause is food intolerance.
There are many anecdotal cases of people successfully clearing up their skin by excluding certain food from their diet. Most commonly, various cases of dairy, gluten and egg intolerances causing acne can be found across the web.
Lastly there’s the additional inflammation in your body that comes from living with unrecognised allergies and intolerances. Whenever you have a reaction to a food that you are either intolerant or allergic to, this will increase inflammation in your body overall. The risk of chronic inflammation is greater with food intolerances as these can easily go unknown for years with no improvement.
The link between acne and inflammation has been well documented by researchers. So, it follows that doing what we can to reduce inflammation (like avoiding foods were intolerant to) will help fight against acne.
Clearing Your Skin For Good
If your skin is suffering, looking red, blotchy itchy or spotty, it may be time to check if your diet is to blame. Undertaking a food intolerance and allergy test could be the key to unlocking healthier looking even skin that you don’t want to constantly hide away from the world.