For years, parents have been warning their children that certain foods – such as pizza, chocolate, greasy foods, and junk food – are not only bad for their overall health but could also be giving them acne.
In truth, these foods don’t cause acne or make it worse. However, there is evidence that dairy products and high-glycemic foods – including sugar, gluten, wheat, yeast, nuts, corn, and alcohol – do.
If you’re allergic or intolerant to these or other foods, you may experience certain symptoms such as hives, bloating, gas, or vomiting after you eat them. That’s because the food is causing a toxic reaction in your body.
Your immune system perceives the food as an invading organism or unfriendly substance, and this can lead to inflammation of the skin … and, thus, acne.
Is a Food Allergy Giving Me Acne?
Self-diagnosing a food allergy as the source of your acne isn’t easy because of the delay between eating a particular food and the onset of your skin issues. It could take days for allergy symptoms to develop – and by then, you may not even recognize the link to your diet.
While acne can be triggered by any kind of intolerance, certain foods and beverages are especially problematic. If you’re allergic to alcohol, for example, it can dehydrate your skin. This, in turn, can lead to dead skin cells forcing hair follicles to become blocked, which can develop into acne.
If you suspect that your acne may be due to a food allergy, you can try completely eliminating certain foods from your diet to see if it changes your complexion. But this could take time, and it may still be inconclusive.
Plus, it’s difficult to know whether there are trace amounts of the problematic food in everything you eat, so you may still develop a reaction while thinking you’re avoiding that food. The solution is to be tested for food allergies by a professional.
How We Test for Food Allergies
A better way to determine whether your acne is diet-related is to undergo food-allergy testing under the supervision of a physician. At Lady’s Care Center, we offer state-of-the-art food-allergy testing that is designed to improve your overall well-being and enhance your appearance.
Our blood and skin tests can reliably identify – or rule out – a food allergy. They can identify the presence of food-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies, which trigger food-allergy symptoms.
In a food-allergy blood test – sometimes referred to as ImmunoCap, TurboMP, or Immunite tests – a sample of blood is taken in our office. The sample is then sent to a laboratory where it is tested against a variety of foods. A high level of IgE in the blood indicates a likelihood of having an allergic reaction to the food being tested.
Beneficial Ingredients for a Clear Complexion
Eating foods high in vitamin A, like carrots and spinach, can accelerate your body’s natural exfoliation process – thereby eliminating dead skin that tends to clog up pores. Getting enough zinc by eating nuts, lean red meat, and fish can also help prevent dry skin.
Foods that are rich in omega-3 – such as oily fish – are naturally anti-inflammatory and can help reduce acne symptoms. In addition, brown rice, garlic, and quinoa contain high amounts of selenium, which is known to relax tight and inflamed skin.
After we test you for any food allergies, we will advise you about the most important foods to incorporate into your diet for that healthy glow.
Women’s Health Care Center in Broward County
If you’re experiencing acne that you think may be due to a food allergy, our medical staff can help. Not only is it important to pinpoint which foods may be contributing to your acne, but so is educating you on which foods are beneficial for your skin health.
If you’re dealing with acne and are looking for a solution, contact Lady’s Care Center right here in Miramar, Florida, to schedule an appointment. Contact us today by calling (954) 538-1700 – we’d love to help you look and feel beautiful.