Maybe more than a lot. And yet, there’s still so much that isn’t talked about.
Like how gluten may affect your skin. Had you even heard that there was a link between gluten and skin? Probably not…
So in this article, we’re going to look at the link between gluten and skin, but we’re going to do more.
We’re going to look into who needs to be worried about the link, and if your skin might be at risk from gluten – and what you can do about it!
What is Gluten Sensitivity or Intolerance?
Gluten is a protein most commonly found in wheat barley, and rye. Which means it’s often found in breads, but can also be found in soups, salad dressings, malt vinegar, food coloring, cereal, and even beer. So avoiding gluten for you skin, or any other reason, is more than just cutting out bread from your diet.
Gluten sensitivity isn’t an actual disease – you aren’t damaging your intestinal tract the way a disease would – but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. In fact, gluten sensitivity may be quite common. The low estimate is that approximately 6% of the population has a gluten intolerance.
On the higher end, it’s estimated that 30% of the population should go gluten-free – and that number still may be low. While another estimate has it right around 15% of Americans are gluten intolerant. No wonder ordinary people are confused about the effects of gluten.
The problem is that the symptoms of gluten sensitivity look like other medical conditions, so it’s easy to misdiagnose:
• Digestion issues and tummy troubles
• Joint discomfort
• Deep fatigue
• Mood swings
• And yes, skin problems
It’s easy to see why these seemingly random and unconnected symptoms could be diagnosed as something other than a gluten sensitivity.
So What CAN Gluten Do to My Skin?
If that list of symptoms is ringing a bell, the final confirmation that you’re gluten intolerant may be the condition of your skin. Just some of the ways gluten affects skin are:
• “Chicken skin” or bumps that look like, well, chicken skin, especially on the backs of your arms
• Vitamin B12 and magnesium deficiency, both of which are essential for healthy skin
• Dark circles under your eyes
And if gluten is the cause of your skin problems, there’s only one way to find out: eliminate gluten from your diet completely. Take all sources of gluten out of your diet for at least three weeks, longer if possible. Then add it back in. If you feel better without it – if your skin looks better without gluten – or if your skin and your health get worse once you reintroduce gluten into your diet, you’re probably gluten intolerant.
If taking gluten out of your diet didn’t change your skin or your health, congratulations, you aren’t gluten intolerant. But if you learned gluten does affect your skin and health, you should consider removing it from your diet completely.
Regardless of your personal link between gluten and skin, there are always ways to make your skin look better.
• Stay out of the sun. Even if it means carrying your own shade in the form of an umbrella.
• Clean your face with cleanser, not soap. Soap is drying and can actually cause your skin to overproduce oils that clog your pores.
• Moisturize. Hydrated skin is happy, beautiful skin. Use an all-natural lotion that’s designed for your skin type.
• Eat right. Your diet is key to beautiful, healthy, younger looker skin. Give your skin the nutrients it needs and you can keep looking your best.
• Take supplements. Very few people get every nutrient, mineral, and vitamin they need from diet alone. Fill in the gaps with an anti-aging supplement specifically formulated to protect your skin and keep it healthy, like Lumivella.
Is there a link between gluten and skin? The answer is – maybe. If you’re one of the people with gluten sensitivity, then there’s definitely a link between gluten and skin.
If you don’t have a gluten intolerance, then no, gluten isn’t bad for your skin. Pay attention to your body, how you feel, how your skin looks. You’ll know what’s right for you.