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How Does Gluten Affect Skin?

This Is What Eating Gluten Is Actually Doing to Your Skin

How Does Gluten Affect Skin?
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

The gluten-free movement in America has become something of an epidemic. Whether you're eating your burger on a bun or wrapped in lettuce, it's important to understand what gluten is and how it affects the body, and in this case, your skin.

In layman's terms, gluten is the proteins found in wheat, and it acts like the glue that holds the ingredients together. It's also responsible for the doughy texture of pizza crust, dougnuts, and more mouth-watering treats. If you have celiac disease, then you can't eat it without getting very sick. Though most people do not have this rare disease, many can be sensitive to gluten.

Here's where the big range of confusion and controversy comes in. It's difficult to test whether or not you have sensitivity to gluten, but one way is an elimination diet. You can read about it here.

Not only does gluten make us feel the need to unbutton our pants after a big pasta dinner, but it can also result in skin inflammation.

"Although it may sound surprising, food sensitivities often show up on our skin," explains Dr. Frank Lipman of the Be Well brand. "Everything from acne to eczema can be an indicator that what we are eating isn't agreeing with our body, and most often, we find that gluten is the culprit of many skin imbalances. This is because of the effects that gluten has on our body, and in turn, on our skin."

We must point out that we are not telling you to give up bagels, but rather informing you about gluten so you can make the right choice for your skin, body, and overall health. If you're unsure, consult a doctor. Keep reading to learn exactly how gluten is tied to your skin.

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