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Acne And Gluten

Introduction And Background

There is a common misconception that the only people who get acne are teenagers. While it is true that their age group is the one that is most affected and out of four teenagers, three will definitely get acne in their lifetime. Nonetheless, their age group is not the only ones who will experience this skin condition. A lot of young adults have it and even middle aged people get acne. Elderly people with cases of acne are rarely seen so we’ll just cut it to the middle aged group! Hence, taking care of the skin should be something you should be particular about your entire life and not just in your teenage years. If you are conscious of your diet, you should remain conscious and if you are good at hygiene you should continue the habit.

You must have heard this word quite a lot but then again, there are many words we hear which we don’t follow up on and don’t bother finding out about. Gluten is one of those words. As far as anyone has ever heard of gluten is the fact that it is found in most of our food. Gluten is actually a protein that is commonly found in bread and grains due to its sticky nature and its ability to provide a bond between the grains. Other than that, gluten is also found in gels and shampoos, again due to its sticky nature.

What Is Gluten’s Relation With Acne?
You must be wondering what it is exactly that has acne and gluten related and how are they related? Well, gluten is related to acne by something known as Gluten Sensitivity. It is actually a condition that many people have which they might even be unaware of.

What Is Gluten Sensitivity?
Gluten sensitivity is a condition in which the body does not adjust to gluten and the immune system has a highly negative reaction to it. The negative reaction that the body has often consists of inflammation occurring or even problems in the stomach and the duodenum, the upper gut basically. However, gluten sensitivity is most visible on the skin and the inflammation and the spots can often lead to acne forming. If you aren’t careful enough, it can spread to many parts of the body and not just one. A lot of people don’t know that they are gluten sensitive and often are not careful enough with substances that contain it. Having a headache is also one of the most prominent symptoms of being gluten sensitive, along with skin problems that is.

Does Gluten Sensitivity Cause Acne?
Although no evidence has yet been prominent enough so that the scientists and doctors can actually declare that gluten sensitivity causes acne, all the data that has been collected so far strongly suggests that it can cause acne. Those people who are gluten sensitive do not flare up as one that has an allergic reaction but gradually differences are seen in their skin and that too very visibly. Hence, one should always be careful about the products that have gluten. It is written clearly in the ingredients or nutrients section about something and whether or not it has gluten.

Is Gluten An Important Protein?
No, it is not. It does not come in any of the categories of being an important protein or a protein that is essential for the proper functioning of the body as other proteins are. Gluten is just a substance which is utilized in a good way and has no particular role in the body.

Where Can Gluten Be Found?
As even mentioned above, Gluten can be found in grainy food such as bread and biscuits. Gluten is also found in other things such as shampoos and soaps and even gels but you don’t have to worry about that much. The food gluten affects the skin more than that contained in shampoos or other such stuff.

With acne, you always have to be on the lookout. Do not think that just because you are out of your teens, you are safe from acne. A lot of pregnant women get acne too but then again, that is because of the hormonal changes that they are facing. Still, they do get acne. This is just to prove that no matter what age you are at, even if the probability has lessened, the probability is still there. Thus, it is better to be careful about your health and skin than to let go completely. Acne is not a skin condition that anyone would ever like to experience and if someone has experienced it already and wouldn’t want to go through it again, they would know what it’s like to take care of yourself and to take preventive measures against it!

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