Gluten and Skin: How Gluten Affects Psoriasis and Acne Patients

It has long been known that nutrition directly affects the condition of the skin. Errors in diet, excessive passion for fast food, salty and spicy foods lead to exacerbation of chronic dermatological diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis. A general hypoallergenic diet helps to speed up the onset of remission and prolong it.   

One of the main food ingredients that can have a negative effect on the skin is gluten. Its second name is gluten, a protein found in the seeds of many cereal plants, especially wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is strictly prohibited for people with celiac disease, but it can be dangerous for dermatological patients.

How gluten can affect the skin

Gluten can damage the intestinal wall, causing inflammation. As a result, the function of absorption of beneficial nutrients suffers. Of course, vegetable cereal protein is not dangerous for all people, much depends on susceptibility to gluten, on the presence of an allergy to it, or even celiac disease.

If a person is sensitive to gluten, they may experience skin allergies:

  • premature aging of the skin;
  • wrinkles, age spots, swelling;
  • allergic rashes, eczema, atopic dermatitis;
  • acne.

One of the most common dermatological diseases is acne. Recently, there has been a tendency that not only adolescents, but also mature people suffer from acne . Patients in a team with doctors have been struggling with papules, pustules, comedones , stagnant spots, acne scars for years , not realizing that the reason may lie in gluten.  

Gluten and psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that you need to learn to live with. The diet helps to prolong remission and reduce relapses. But gluten adversely affects the patient’s condition:

  • more and more psoriatic plaques appear, which merge into large red spots;
  • itching intensifies, it becomes unbearable;
  • inflammatory processes of the skin are activated;
  • plaques flake off, shedding dry scales.

Against the background of the use of gluten in a person, allergic manifestations may increase, his skin begins to itch very much, dry out, the disease is emotionally exhausting.

An ointment for psoriasis helps to relieve inflammation and itching . But if gluten is not eliminated from the diet, the recovery process will be slow. 

A similar situation is observed in the case of dermatitis, including atopic eczema. The elimination of gluten from the daily diet can be regarded as a powerful therapeutic measure, but its use in food will increase allergic reactions and interfere with skin regeneration. 

event_note July 12, 2021

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