Food Allergies and Acne Link
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Food Allergies Date Posted: November 22nd, 2014 Comments: 1
Food Allergies

Have you ever wondered if the food you’re eating is causing your acne? This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re an unhealthy eater. You can be the world’s healthiest eater yet still be dealing with mild to severe acne. “But then why am I breaking out if I eat so well?” you’re probably asking yourself. You may very well be allergic to something you’re eating.

Regardless of how healthy or unhealthy you are, it is absolutely true that what you take into your body shows through on your skin. If you eat a poor diet, your skin will eventually catch up with the bad food you’re putting into your body. If you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, you will have beautiful clear glowing skin. But if you are still breaking out despite eating well, this is where a potential food allergy comes into play. Your body is clearly giving off warning signs when your skin breaks out even though you live a healthy lifestyle. Read on to learn about the two main culprits that cause acne that we are taught from an early age to eat and drink daily – They will more than likely surprise you.

Refined Carbs

You may be surprised to learn that refined carbs and gluten are big culprits with skin issues. If you eat a diet with a high glycemic index, meaning if you eat a lot of processed foods like breads and refined grains, your skin can definitely break out because once in your body, these foods turn quickly into sugar. Carbohydrates are good but these refined carbs…not so much. They spike your insulin levels which increase sebum (oil) production and clogged pores that lead to blackheads and pimples.

Basically, refined carbs don’t process well in your body and are directly linked to acne. It can be as simple as that, or you may have an allergy to these types of foods, more than likely because of the gluten. If you notice your body reacts poorly every time you eat refined carbs, we suggest making a doctor’s appointment to be tested for Celiac Disease and for gluten intolerance (If you’re not Celiac, you can still be intolerant to gluten). Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just not eating enriched breads and pastas. Gluten is hidden in tons of foods, including salad dressings and store-bought soups. Knowing what’s happening inside your body will help you to fuel it better.

Instead of eating refined carbs, bake your own breads with healthy flour like unrefined buckwheat flour, coconut flour, or almond flour and stick to 1-1 ½ cups of whole grains a day that are not processed or enriched. Great choices are brown rice, red or white quinoa, and rice noodles. These small yet significant healthy changes can truly improve your quality of life…and the health of your skin.


The consumption of dairy has been a huge debate for years and years. As people get older, their bodies don’t process dairy as well and they can become lactose intolerant. Dairy has been found to increase one’s chance of having acne because most people drink cows’ milk which contains high levels of hormones that can cause a person’s sebaceous (oil) glands to overproduce oil, thus causing acne.

You can also form an allergy as you get older so to see if dairy is what’s causing your acne, cut out all dairy including cheese, milk, ice cream, etc. and opt for almond milk or coconut milk instead. They can easily be substituted for the real thing – you just have to make sure that the non-dairy milk isn’t loaded with toxic chemicals like carrageenan which can be just as harmful to the body as the hormones found in cows’ milk. The best way to enjoy almond milk or coconut milk is to make your own. That way you know exactly what’s going into your body since you’ve made the non-dairy milk yourself!

Skin specialists recommend eliminating refined carbs and dairy from your diet for a minimum of 6 months to see if your body can heal itself naturally of acne. If after 6 months you are still suffering with acne, despite using natural remedies to cure your acne, you may be allergic to another type of food or even something you apply topically to your skin like a certain skincare product, cologne, or cosmetic product.

Other types of foods that you may be allergic to include nuts and foods that contain refined sugar which can be “hidden” in various forms including high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, malt syrup, just to list a few. An allergy specialist can run a series of tests on you to see exactly what you are allergic to (if anything) to determine what in fact is causing your breakouts.

Signs You May Have a Food Allergy

You break out in small little bumps on your skin (on the face or body)

Severe acne breakouts on your forehead (little bumps or large cystic pimples)


You have tried several over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, many natural remedies including essential oils, yet you’re still breaking out

Your skin becomes very itchy and develops rash breakouts

Severe stomach pains

Trouble breathing (if the allergy is severe enough)

There are several other signs you may have a food allergy. If you are concerned you may have a food allergy, schedule a doctor’s appointment for the near future.

Don’t give up on figuring out what the problem is. Yes, it’s true that your skin does not define you but if you are a healthy person yet suffering from mild to severe breakouts, you need to find out what’s going on inside your body so you can heal the issue. If you give up on it and ignore it, the problem will just get worse. And you deserve to have a healthy body from the inside out.

About the Author

Lindsay Schroeder


Lindsay Schroeder, professional makeup artist and skincare guru, is the writer of all the content on Acne Skin Site. She has personally dealt with acne all throughout her 20’s and knows firsthand what anyone suffering with acne is going through. She has worked with thousands of clients that suffer with acne and has been able to encourage and educate them on how to get their skin on the road to recovery.

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  • samyuktha - December 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Good guidelines for acne.

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