‘Why does skin get worse in winter?’​ – how to answer what will soon be your most frequently asked question!

For some, the Autumnal months are considered some of the most beautiful and scenic of the year, the landscape littered with beautiful orange and red leaves and the chance to wear your favourite snuggly jumpers that have been left in the cupboard all summer. Some even may already be reaching for the central heating thermostat or gathering a heap of logs for the fire – in short, summer’s definitely on its way out.

But the cold weather can affect more than just your outfit…

Some of your clients may be thinking “Why does my skin get worse during winter?” as the drop in temperature will already be starting to take effect. While everyone’s skin is different, there are some common causes that are usually at the root of people’s winter skin troubles, particularly those who suffer from acne.

With central heating switching on, sebaceous glands will respond and oil production will increase. The cooler temperatures mean you’ll be wrapping up against the cold weather to keep warm, but houses nowadays are much more energy efficient than they used to be and are often being hermetically sealed to keep the heat in, but this also means that the air indoors becomes stale much more quickly.

The result is that there is less oxygen available when you spend time indoors, but also less oxygen getting to your skin through thicker clothes when you go outside, providing a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria to colonise your skin. Combining increased oil production with acne bacteria breeding more easily and you have a recipe for exacerbated acne symptoms and acne becoming even harder to treat.

There are millions of sufferers of acne in the UK alone, and with the impending change in temperature exacerbating acne symptoms across the country, many will be redoubling their search for a solution to resolve their skin issues.

Jumper

The solution:

So how do we get the best from our skin this winter without freezing?

Just like using an SPF in summer, in winter we still need to look after our skin – you’ll probably know first hand the damaging effects it can have on your skin. For many, winter is the worse time of year; the constant change from hot and cold temperatures and exposure to dry indoor provided by central heating and double glazing can enhance skin sensitivity, leading to increased oil production and resulting in acne breakouts.

To combat this, we recommend our all-encompassing SA OSK protocol, utilising EnerPeel® SA.

EnerPeel SA

EnerPeel® SA is a medically licensed remodelling agent for active acne. It contains 30% Salicylic Acid, suspended in a patented EnerPeel® carrier solution, which allows us to incorporate the active ingredients from our renowned Tebiskin® OSK within the carrier, protecting them from the blockage-busting Salicylic Acid.

This means we’re able to send a high-strength, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory dose of OSK ingredients to work deep within the skin.

Clinical studies were based at 5 university hospitals on patients whose resistant acne was defined as ‘unresolved’ even after using prescription medication for 12 months. Patients were prescribed 4 EnerPeel® SA treatments, 2 weeks apart, in conjunction with our anti-acne topical protocol.

This achieved an 80% resolution rate for their acne.

For chronic acne, or acne resistant to other treatments, we recommend TripleLock® to reduce the visible endpoints of acne, spots, oil, inflammation and infection. It restores the environment of the skin, opening up blocked hair follicle ducts by reducing skin thickness to normal levels. Finally, TripleLock® rebuilds the lipids lost from the skin caused by sensitivity to hormones, as well as changes in the environment.

Acne TripleLock

Step 1: Cleanse

Tebiskin® OSK-Clean utilises Pyruvic Acid instead of Glycolic Acid, as Pyruvic Acid will penetrate and break down oil, but also has the unique property of slowing down oil production, and also contains the potent and safe antibacterials Triethyl Citrate and Hexamidine, making it the ideal skin preparation to increase absorption of the TripleLock® active creams.

Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is a delicate cleanser with anti-inflammatory properties and specific soothing and softening actions, recommended for cleansing sensitive and irritated skins. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean utilises a natural molecule MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) to provide a soothing and anti-reddening action. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is ideal to cleanse delicate and intolerant skin, including skin affected by rosacea. It is also for cleansing irritated skin following specific medical procedures such as laser treatments or chemical peels.

Step 2: Treat

Tebiskin® OSK-Lotion is for the medical treatment of acne and seborrhea, especially inflammatory acne. It is an alcoholic lotion that restricts surface sebum levels, slowing down oil production and targeting acne bacteria effectively and more quickly than antibiotics. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect (opens the comedones) to reduce skin thickening, and contains the highest level of active ingredients in a trademarked delivery system to ensure rapid absorption into the pilosebaceous duct.

Tebiskin® OSK targets the visible symptoms of acne and reduces excessive oil production rates by over 50% on average and up to 68% in published clinical studies – the spot, the inflammation, the infection and the excess oil production. The key active ingredients are highly and rapidly active in reducing infected inflamed spots, and have a significant antibacterial effect, while slowing sebum production rates by 40%. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect to reduce skin thickening, hydrates and reduces scarring risk.

Tebiskin® Reticap contains a high concentration of pure micro encapsulated retinol. The active ingredients reduce excess skin thickening by slowing down excessive skin cell production and normalising keratin deposition; two key contributing factors causing the closure of the hair follicle duct creating comedones, leading to colonisation by p.acnes under the blockage resulting in inflamed spots.

Tebiskin® Cera-Boost provides the whole range of 9 ceramides which, in combination with Ethyl Linoleate in Tebiskin® OSK, counteracts the hormonally induced loss of lipids and oils that cause increased Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), triggering the skin thickening process that blocks hair follicle ducts, and works in combination with Tebiskin® Reticap to normalise skin behaviour. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids, which are ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. There are nine different types of ceramides in the Stratum Corneum, and they account for 40% to 50% of the lipids in this outermost layer. Replenishing these is critical in controlling skin water loss.

Step 3: Protect

Tebiskin® UV-OSK SPF 30 has a high protection factor and an optimum UVA and UVB protection ratio – even in the winter, wearing an SPF is vitally important to protect your skin – and is used for sun protection while continuing control of acne symptoms. UV-OSK incorporates slightly lower levels of the same key active ingredients, minus Salicylic Acid, found in Tebiskin® OSK Lotion and Tebiskin® OSK Cream, and is to be used for daily spot free maintenance.

In conclusion…

There you have it; not only how to answer what is sure to become one of your frequently asked questions, but also what to do about it.

Don’t delay, phone us today…

To learn more about our acne protocol, or any of our other bespoke treatments, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, or email clinical1@skinmed.co.uk to speak to a member of our dedicated clinical team.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Let yourself glow!- Why shine-free skin isn’t healthy or natural…

Cosmetics companies everywhere seem to be obsessed with giving you a matt, shine-free finish to your skin, making those of us with skin that tends to be a little on the shiny side – i.e. those of use with natural human skin – scrambling for products that will help us reach these near-impossible standards, especially if you have naturally oily skin. If your skin has a shine to it, either all the time or towards the end of the day, you are not alone, and should not be pressured into feeling bad about your skin.

In fact, letting your skin have a natural shine is perfectly healthy, as everybody’s skin needs a level of surface oil, or sebum, in order to function properly. This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re going to be talking about why exactly your skin needs sebum, what a healthy complexion should look like, and how to manage oily skin in a way that is healthy and safe.

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What is sebum?

Sebum is the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands and then flows onto the surface of the skin. These glands are attached to every hair follicle all over the skin and scalp because, whether cosmetics companies want you to know it or not, your skin really needs the oil that it produces.

While being completely shiny all over your body and scalp probably won’t ever be a desirable look, sebum performs many functions that your skin cannot live properly without. One of these functions is to lubricate your skin and keep it soft and supple – skin without any oil would be completely dry and brittle, and wouldn’t be able to stretch and flex as your body moves. Ouch!

Oil

The original ‘Essential Oil’

One of the most important functions of sebum, however, is that it creates a protective barrier known as the acid mantle, which is an invisible layer on your skin comprised of a mixture of oil and sweat (we know that doesn’t sound too pleasant, but trust us, you don’t want to get rid of it!). The acid mantle has a slightly acidic pH and protects your skin against a portion of the microorganisms that could cause infection, as well as chemical irritants, pollution particles and other ecotoxicants. It acts as your skin’s primary barrier function; its first line of defence to protect and maintain the skin’s integrity – the second part of your skin’s barrier function is lipid bilayers of the epidermis, which hold your skin cells together and prevent moisture from evaporating too quickly.

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Stripping away the acid mantle, either by excessive cleansing for example or by using an astringent toner containing a lot of alcohol, is stripping away this natural protective layer, leaving your raw skin exposed to the elements.

Acne

Remember, your skin is your largest organ and needs to be protected

This exacerbates existing conditions, such as acne, rosacea or dry skin:

– Acne is made worse as your skin is now more prone to inflammation, or you may even make any underlying inflammation worse, making acne break-outs more likely.

– Rosacea sufferers, or those with particularly sensitive skin, will now be more susceptible to reacting to irritants and external triggers

– Dry skin will become even more dehydrated as, without the acid mantle, moisture in the skin will find it more easy to escape.

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How much is too much?

We would ask ‘how much is normal?’, but in our experience, there is no such thing as ‘normal’skin; every individual’s skin is as unique as their fingerprint, and there is no such thing as ‘one-size-fits-all’.

Having said that, those prone to having particularly oily skin will notice a shine first thing in the morning, which will typically cover the majority of the face, if not all of it. Combination oily skin will show this shone mostly in the T-Zone, which is where the concentration and level of activity of the sebaceous glands are higher.

T-Zone

In case you didn’t know, the T-Zone is comprised of the nose and forehead, where you’re most likely to suffer from pimples and blackheads due to excess oil

‘Normal’ skin – if we must call it that – will probably not notice any shine in the morning, but will develop a shiny T-Zone by the end of the day; it may not be very obvious, but can show up more clearly when photographed, or under strong lighting.

Dry skin won’t show any kind of shine, as it produces very little oil, and is usually most common in those over the age of 60, as the skin’s natural oil production gradually declines with age. If you are under 60 and find yourself in this group, it’s more likely the result of dehydration, and not to do with having skin that is genetically drier.

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What can you do about excess oil?

Oil production is regulated by testosterone, a hormone present in both men and women, which activates the oil-producing sebaceous glands. Testosterone is controlled by the highly complex endocrine system, and the amount of oil you produce is determined by your genetics, so it’s very difficult to control how dry or oily your skin ends up being.

You do, however, have some level of control.

You need to remember that your body is all about balance; if you try stripping away any excess sebum, your body will automatically work to produce more, and usually will try to over-compensate and produce more oil than you had in the first place.

Balance

Everything is about balance, and just like training your body, you have to learn to retrain your skin.

If you suffer from acne as a result of having excessively oily skin, invest in a decent acne treatment that will target both the causes and the symptoms of acne – FYI, we’ve written an article about how to best choose the right products for your skin, but long story short, make sure you pick a brand that specifically states that they treat acne. If it doesn’t actually say the word ‘acne’, chances are it won’t work all that successfully.

With the right treatment, you can tackle your acne troubles without the backlash from your skin, keeping your skin healthy for long-term relief.

Acne TripleLock® – Targeting not only the symptoms, but the underlying causes, of acne to deliver successful results in as little as 8 weeks.

Don’t dull your shine!

Forget what beauty and cosmetics companies are telling you; shine is nothing to be ashamed of. Without a counter-top full of mattifying make-up and a professional photoshop artist, there is no one who has natural, healthy, shine-free skin. It just doesn’t exist.

Now, as we well know, excess oil and shine can be problematic, but that doesn’t mean you should try to eradicate it altogether. Remember, oil is healthy, protective, and keeps your skin pliable and wrinkle-free. You may not want oily skin now but trust us, you’ll be glad of it in future when your skin doesn’t dry out!

So keep that natural, healthy glow, and embrace the shine!

Smile

Let yourself glow!

SkinMed® provide clinically proven skin solutions, which, unlike cosmetic brands, are medically licensed in the treatment of many skin conditions and suitable for almost all skin types, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK), endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

If you would like to find out where your local SkinMed® accredited clinic near you, all you need to do is get in touch. We have hundreds of clinics country-wide and our dedicated team will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We are also offering free skin consultations at many of our clinics for all our loyal customers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let us know and we can find the nearest clinic to you offering a consultation free of charge.

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Will The Pill Affect Your Acne?

Often described as one of the greatest advances in both modern medicine and women’s liberation, the contraceptive Pill is one of the most widely used forms of birth control in the world. In 1961, women in the UK were given the ability to choose what they wanted for their bodies and their families. Since then the Pill has been prescribed to millions due to its multiple benefits such as it’s contraceptive properties, its ability to treat heavy periods, and its seemingly miraculous effect on acne. In fact, around a third of the women living in the UK aged between 16 and 49 are currently using the combined or the progesterone-only Pill.

But what about when you come off the Pill? What happens to your skin then?

This #SkinTheKnow we’re looking into how this little miracle drug – while preventing you from having little miracles of your own – may not be the best thing for you if you’re looking at ways to treat your skin.

Health

The Pill was undoubtedly one of the greatest advancements in women’s health in the last century

The Science – How does the Pill work?

Essentially the Pill works by switching off your natural ability to release hormones that cause your menstrual cycle. It does this by releasing synthetic female hormones into your bloodstream, tricking your body into believing that you’re pregnant, meaning that your ovaries don’t produce an egg that month because they think there’s a fertilised one there already.

As you’ll no doubt be aware, acne is a medical condition that causes the skin to have an inflammatory reaction to the naturally occurring hormones within the body and often worsens during times of hormonal change, such as puberty, and during your menstrual cycle. These reactions result in an excess production of sebum – oil produced by your skin – and dead skin cells caused by increased skin cell turnover. It is Androgens, a group of male hormones including testosterone, present in both men and women, that stimulate the production of sebum. A woman’s ovaries and adrenal glands produce low levels of these androgens, but higher levels can result in excess sebum, which clogs pores, forming acne spots.

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The combined contraceptive Pill, containing oestrogen and progesterone, lowers the amounts of androgens in your body to reduce the sebum production and the development of spots, hence why the pill is prescribed to so many to help control their acne symptoms.

Sounds perfect right?

HIde

The Pill essentially just hides your acne, but won’t actually cure it…

Not quite…

Well, for starters, if you want to use the Pill to treat your acne symptoms, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re put on a combined Pill, as progesterone-only Pills will often make your acne worse. However, if your GP is prescribing the pill for you purely to clear up your spots, the combined Pill is the method they’re likely to prescribe anyway.

The problem is that the Pill doesn’t cure acne; it may take away the hormones that trigger the reaction in your skin, but that reaction would still take place if those hormones are reintroduced, i.e. when you eventually come off the Pill. It offers brilliant results but you’ll only see relief from your symptoms for as long as you’re on the Pill.

For most women, taking the Pill is not a solution that they would choose to stick with long-term, either because they wish to get pregnant, constantly taking medication every day is no longer practical, changes in relationships, possible side-effects, or any other number of reasons that come down to personal choice.

The point is, when you do eventually decide to come off the Pill, all the hormones that you haven’t been producing get switched back on, and your body ends up playing catch up trying to figure out how to function again now that the autopilot has been taken off. Often women find that as soon as they come off the Pill, the oil glands in their skin will start to over-produce sebum, seemingly to try to compensate, meaning that the acne symptoms you suffered before going on the Pill often pale in comparison to the acne you’ll get afterwards!

What’s the solution?

Don’t get us wrong, the Pill is one of the most commonly used forms of contraception for a reason, and if it’s the form you chose to take because that’s what works for you, we’re not going to tell you anything different.

But if you’re on the pill purely to control your acne, you’re only prolonging the inevitable – and possibly even making life harder for yourself in the long run.

It might sound cliché, but as far as we’re concerned, the best defence is a good offence, and a good offence means a medically licensed acne solution that is proven to treat acne in 85% of cases, not just temporarily reduce symptoms.

Acne TripleLock

The solution you’ve all been waiting for

Acne TripleLock® is a clinically proven skin solution, and unlike cosmetic brands, is medically licensed in the treatment of acne, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when it comes to seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

The Big Fish Fight – Choosing a New Exfoliator Without Microbeads

As you all no doubt know, the UK has recently banned the production and sale of certain products that contain microbeads, or microplastics, in an attempt to slow down the rate at which our oceans and waterways – not to mention their inhabitants – are filling with plastic pollution. It’s a fantastic step for the UK, following on from the 5p charge on plastic bags which, since it’s introduction in 2015, has seen an 80% drop in the number of plastic bags used, but the microbead ban has hit the exfoliator industry hard. Lots of brands were already ahead of the curve, but many common products that would once frequent the shelves of retailers like Boots and Superdrug will be discontinued and withdrawn from stores, leaving many in need of a new go-to exfoliator.

Well never fear!

This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re going to talk you through the process of finding a new, reliable exfoliator that is kind to your skin and to the environment – without breaking the bank.

Washing

Remember, it’s not just dirt you’ve bee washing down the drain…

Microbeads – why all the fuss?

Microbeads are the tiny pieces of plastic added the rinse-off products such as face washes, toothpaste and shower gels, intended to give the products an exfoliating quality to scrub away dead skin and dirt. This is all well and good, and the synthetic nature of the beads means that they are perfectly round and therefore not likely to damage or cause excessive abrasion to the skin (when used correctly, that is; see our previous article to find out how often you should exfoliate).

The problem lies when these products are then rinsed off your skin and down the drain.

Many of these microbeads do not get caught in the filtration system of our sewage works, and therefore a small percentage of them make it into our waterways and oceans. This percentage, however small, has been building up over the years, especially when you consider that approximately 680 tonnes of microbeads were used in cosmetic products every year in the UK alone.

These tiny fragments of plastics do not biodegrade, and on their journey to the ocean collect tiny particles of plant life, or phytoplankton, and are mistaken by fish as a food source. The tiny plants are digested by the fish, but the plastic is left behind, which can lead to the blockage of digestive tracts, leading to starvation, and in some case, poisoning the fish from the toxic chemicals in the plastics. This not only affects the fish that eat the plastics but also the other animals further up the food chain that eat the fish – that includes us!

Dead fish

In a recent study published in The Independent, it was discovered that 100% of British mussels contained traces of plastic… yum!

Natural and Biodegradable Exfoliators

There are many companies, as well as articles online, that are preaching the benefits of natural exfoliators as an environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic microbeads. A lot of these exfoliators are things like ground up apricot stones, or walnut shells, which are perfectly harmless to wash down the drain and won’t cause any fish to have tummy troubles. These alternatives are also often praised because of the vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in the scrubbing ingredient.

The problem with these though is what they can do to your skin.

While microbeads are synthetic and formed into perfect little spheres, the fragments of shell or fruit pit are all irregular shapes, often jagged and with sharp edges, which can cause unnecessary abrasion to your skin, leaving tiny wounds and scratches on the surface. These can leave your skin open to infection and can result in reddened skin, inflammation and possible spots.

There are also face scrubs that use biodegradable plastics in the production of their microbeads, but these too have been covered by the UK ban, as it is believed that the plastic does not degrade quickly enough, and still cause damage to the environment.

Apricots

As we’ve said before, the general rule is to put the food in your mouth, not on your face!

Amazing alternative to Exfoliators:

So which do you choose?

Do you prioritise what’s best for your skin, or do you do your bit to save our little corner of the world and all its fishy friends?

We at SkinMed® say both!

Our exfoliator available online, Aknicare® Cleanser, does not contain a ‘scrubbing’ agent at all, instead, ours utilises a chemical agent, to gently clear away excess skin and oils, without doing any damage – to you or to the ocean. On top of that, it’s also specifically designed for those suffering from acne – as if it couldn’t get any better!

And if you don’t suffer from acne? SkinMed® also have a wide range of chemical exfoliators available to purchase from out many SkinMed® accredited clinics, that offer fantastic results for a variety of skin types and conditions. To find your nearest clinic, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474 to speak to a member of our clinical team.

In these changing times in which our impact on the world around us is becoming more and more apparent, chemical exfoliators are definitely the way forward, offering you the results you want, without impacting the environment. Aknicare® Cleanser can be purchased individually or as a part of out Aknicare® and Acne TripleLock® product sets.

To learn more about Aknicare® Cleanser, click here

Acne TripleLock® is a clinically proven skin solution, and unlike cosmetic brands, is medically licensed in the treatment of acne, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when it comes to seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

How Gluten can Affect your Acne – and (more importantly) Why?

This week we’re taking on another requested myth sent on by one of our lovely readers, namely ‘does wheat cause, or effect, your acne?’

During my research into this particular skin myth, it became quite clear that I was by no means the only person looking into this subject, and came across hundreds of articles giving their own opinions about whether or not wheat and gluten can affect your skin. Unsurprisingly, I came across a somewhat mixed set of conclusions. That’s why I thought it more important than ever to get to the bottom of this mystery and find out the truth – after all, I’ve already advised you to stay away from dairy, milk chocolate, and excessive sugar! Add bread and gluten to that list unnecessarily, and I’d never be able to forgive myself.

Bread

Give us this day our daily bread… or don’t

Why all the confusion?

From what I’ve been able to unearth, the link between gluten and acne isn’t quite as straightforward as it has been with other foodie-myths we’ve looked at previously (like our Dairy Article for example), instead the reaction to gluten that appears on your skin is more likely to be a reflection of a reaction happening in your gut.

Gluten intolerance, or Coeliac Disease, is a common affliction, affecting around 1 out of 100 people, with many more people being diagnosed with what’s known as gluten sensitivity; similar to Coeliac Disease, but with symptoms that are less immediate that can develop over time. In either case, gluten causes inflammatory responses within the gut – that’s probably the politest way to put it – as well as other symptoms as well, such as headaches, joint and muscle pain and, in some rare cases, neurological issues. As you’ll no doubt be aware, it is these internal inflammatory reactions that make themselves known on your skin, exacerbating acne symptoms and causing so-called ‘break-outs’.  It’s well known that inflammatory reactions that take place in the gut are often reflected by inflammation in the skin, meaning that if you have a sensitivity to a particular food, cutting it out of your diet will not only improve your stomach but most likely your skin as well.

When you consider that 1 in 5 adults suffer from acne, and 90% of people will have experienced acne at some point in their lives, you’ll realise that it’s no wonder that so many people are experiencing a correlation between consuming wheat and gluten products and seeing a negative impact on their skin.

(FYI, these inflammatory responses can also exacerbate the symptoms of other skin conditions, such as rosacea, which also tends to flare up when the sufferers are exposed to triggers that cause these types of inflammatory responses within the body. These include certain foods, alcohol, UV light and many more. With gluten sensitivity being so common, rosacea sufferers may also benefit from being aware of how much gluten they are consuming, as well as monitoring their skin to see if there is an apparent cause and effect reaction.)

Pasta

Thankfully most supermarkets now stock gluten-free alternatives to things like pasta

How can I tell if gluten will affect me?

First of all, I want to emphasise that the link between gluten and acne should only affect you A. if you already have acne, and B. if you are already sensitive to gluten. Gluten sensitivity can occur at any time in your life, as can acne, but consuming wheat and gluten will not cause you to contract acne. Acne is a medical condition which occurs as a result of your skin reacting to hormonal activity within your body and is not caused by any of the food you eat.

If you have Coeliac Disease or think that you might have it – i.e. you suffer from immediate and severe reactions whenever you ingest foods that include gluten – you most likely won’t be consuming anything with gluten in it anyway. However, because gluten sensitivity can manifest itself in so many ways, and often not immediately or severely enough to cause people to seek medical advice, there are those who will fall into both camps, of having acne while already being sensitive to gluten, with this sensitivity only becoming apparent through their skin.

The problem lies in the fact that gluten-rich foods are so often staples in our diets – it is often literally our daily bread – coming in the form of the more obvious foods like bread, pasta, baked goods like cake or pastry, cereals and beer, but also in places you wouldn’t expect, like your toothpaste, shampoo and makeup. It’s therefore often difficult to figure out if gluten is having an effect on your skin, or if your exacerbated symptoms are the result of another trigger entirely because there isn’t time to gauge the reaction between the consumption of gluten and the break-out of acne because gluten is such a constant in your diet and lifestyle.

Toothpaste

Did you know it’s also a commonly believed myth that toothpaste gets rid of spots? Consider that another myth busted!

Should you give up Gluten completely?

As I said before, I would hate to be the reason for anyone to give up on good, tasty food for no reason. Cutting out wheat and gluten could work wonders for your skin, or it could cause a lot of unnecessary hassle for you trying to change your whole diet, without it making any real difference.

One way to find out if you are gluten sensitive would be to go and speak to your doctor to be tested for gluten antibodies. That would give you a good idea of whether gluten could be a cause for your exacerbated acne troubles, however, as I’ve discovered, gluten sensitivity can present its symptoms in various ways, and skin trouble may not be one of them.

Which brings us to method number two; temporarily cutting out gluten from your diet to see what effect it has on your skin. It’s essentially the same method we recommended with dairy, usually known as the elimination technique, where you cut out your chosen food type from your diet and observe any effect over 3 to 4 weeks. If after that time you notice a positive difference to your skin, you can then start to think about removing gluten from your diet on a more permanent basis – thankfully nowadays most supermarkets offer gluten-free alternatives to things like bread, pasta and cereals, making this kind of transition much easier than it would have been in the past, meaning you don’t have to give up on the foods you love, and still get to keep your skin clear. After your time spent gluten-free, to make doubly sure of your results, you could experiment by indulging in a gluten-rich meal and seeing the effect it has on your skin – you often only need one relapse to give you the resolve to stick to your new diet. 

If, however, after your gluten-free month you don’t notice any discernible difference, you can be fairly certain that gluten is not the culprit for your skin troubles, and go back to your usual diet. The elimination technique doesn’t only have to apply to gluten though, and if your skin is still suffering, you can always try experimenting by eliminating different food groups and keeping track of the effect on your skin.

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After one month of no gluten, you either have clearer skin, or you can go back to enjoying bread – It’s win-win!

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