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Can acne/back acne be caused by a food allergy to wheat and dairy?
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Can acne/back acne be caused by a food allergy to wheat and dairy?

Hi,

Was doing some research on the net about back acne and I came apon food allergies. Can my back acne as I descibed in an early post be caused by a food allergy. I was reading about dairy and wheat specifically cause I have these mosly every day. I eat porriage with milk every morning and I eat yogurt most days and occationally a drink a glass of milk. Anyone had this link to their acne? I not sure this is really the culprit in my case and I really don't know if something like this would cause what I have.

Any thoughts?
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I work at a hospital and was talking with a nurse. I have broken out since I was four and have cyctic acne. I spent 7 years at a dermatologist and even took accutane and nothing helped!!! The nurse told me I could have an allergy to dairy.. I go through almost 3 gallons of milk a week. After 4 days of soy milk and using tea tree oil topically, i have noticed a HUGE difference. In fact none of my pants fit now because i was so bloated before and didn't even realize it! Try it for a month and see if it works. IT DID FOR ME
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Hi,

Several factors have been associated with acne and its development.Aside from genetic and hormonal associations certain allergies have also been found to be linked with acne.Most studies may be inconclusive with regards to this but some patients experienced improvement of their condition after avoiding certain possible triggers.

I suggest that there is no harm in trying to decrease intake of what you think may possibly trigger your acne.You may try to be more selective with your diet.Also,certain lotions ,cleansers and soaps used to wash the body may irritate the skin. Toothpaste with high fluoride content may cause skin reactions.Strong shampoos may drip to the face when taking a bath and may aggravate facial acne.

Avoiding possible food triggers may not totally eradicate acne. But good exercise, a healthy well maintained weight and a balanced diet are always beneficial.
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I had been having trouble with facial cysts for 2-3 years.  My doctor pinpointed a dairy allergy as the underlying cause (which was a suspected allergen for my father as well - causing back cysts).  Since quitting all forms of dairy, my skin has cleared up dramatically.  I hadn't even noticed that my entire forehead had been constantly swollen.  Now I am beginning the healing process and feel better than I have in years!  I didn't realize how terrible I felt all the time and how lacking in energy I had been.
I was also recently talking with a close friend who had similar symptoms from a wheat allergy that she believes is shared by her father and now her son.
If you begin to recognize your symptoms and look around you and talk to people, you will be amazed by the amount of people who share your allergies.  Doctors usually are not much help with this since they usually don't even ask people a single question about what type of foods/food-like-substances are you making your body process everyday.  None of our ancestors evolved to eat these food products that are so readily available everywhere today - and because of that, almost all of us suffer from this "Americanized" diet in one way or another.
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My all the time acne cleared up when I stopped consuming wheat, dairy and fish.I now tend to have a small ocassional break out when I indulge in fruit juices.

If you travel with acne, you may want to start eliminating the above foods gradually. I first stopped wheat intake and I noticed the background of my skin on my face smoothing out and I was still breaking out. The smooth texture of my skin was all over and I particularly liked what I saw on my stomach.With the stopping of dairy and fish intake, I noticed that I was not breaking out that much. There was ocassional tiny pimples that healed quickly.
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I have had acne since I was 18 :| I had fairly clear skin for a teenager and than I acne going into adulthood! A BUNCH OF SUCK! I have scars on my cheeks and acne underneath my skin and I get blackheads and pimples near my period. I have actually gone almost vegan at this point. With the occasional cheating. I just got some awesome vegan cheese tho to replace what I was missing most. I have been drinking Almond milk(omg taste so much better than milk. I don't eat sugar or super processed food. Next step is I'm buy organic fruit next week (had to do some research to get good prices). I will tell you I am about to start my period and I usually am a little more broken out. So I will try gluten next just for the hell of it. Iv'e tried everything else to fix my acne. It is just not acne either I get dry skin all over my legs and it will turn into a small red dry cirlces all over my legs if I use to much chemicals. I'm going organic this month ! Something has to give! I have had enough. The scars will med some with time but this acne has to go before I can do anything about it.Try to change your diets guys it is working a little for me ! Stop using all those chemicals and preservatives/hormones. Learn to cook and love life. If anything I have lost like 12 lbs in a month....<3
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Gluten, corn, and tapioca break me out terribly.  I would suggest taking gluten, corn, tapioca, soy, oats, etc. out of your diet.  
See what happens living on lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and rice, since these foods are least likely to break you out.  
I would also suggest researching the paleo diet.  It is an amazing way to live and a change of lifestyle.

If this works you can slowly introduce new foods into your diet to see which ones are suitable for you.
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