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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?
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We know this sounds scary — a leaky gut — but it can be keeping you from a foundation-free selfie.

"Leaky gut syndrome happens when your intestinal lining has become damaged as a result of inflammation or irritation, and gluten can be the cause of this by having a damaging effect on the gut wall," Dr. Lipman explains. "This is a problem because food particles and toxins from the gut are released into the bloodstream, triggering an inflammatory immune response, which often shows up on our skin in the form of skin rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis, or breakouts."

Again, consuming foods that you may be sensitive to (like gluten) could be causing all of your skin woes. Often it's best to treat the source of the problem rather than topically just putting a cream on it.

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