Why Allergens Directly Affect Your Skin

Many adults deal with hormone-related skin issues which are linked to dietary habits, here's why an ideal diet equals great quality skin

Maria Eugênia Caminha

Food allergies are on the rise, according to recent studies worldwide. Interestingly adults have been developing allergies at a much faster rate than children. Experts are investigating further into the data, but links to our Western industrialised diets and environmental factors have already been made. Our skin, which is also a direct reflection of our lifestyle and dietary choices, plays a big role when it comes to diagnosis.

BREAKING OUT AT AN OLDER AGE? BE ALERT.

When we talk about food allergies, most people think of the most common triggers: nuts, peanuts, sesame, gluten and dairy. Two of those – all gluten components and dairy – are known for having some kind of connection to skin issues, from eczema to breakouts. You should always be alert to how your skin reacts to your diet, mainly because it is quite common for adults to chase a diagnosis only after a persistent battle against their own skin has already been settled.


HOW ALLERGENS ACTUALLY AFFECT THE SKIN?

When it comes to dairy, the answer is quite simple: cow’s milk is specially designed to stimulate growth and hormones in calves. When we consume it, we ingest whey and casein. These proteins end up releasing a hormone called IGF-1, very similar to insulin, which is known for causing breakouts. Our endocrine system, to put it simply, ends up getting a hormone overload and promoting the infamous adult hormonal acne. Developing unusual acne in your chin and neck areas, for example, is a big sign that you might be hormonally imbalanced.

With gluten and other grains, such as barley, rye and oats; the speculation grows bigger as less studies indicate a connection. It is known, though, that a low-glycemic diet is highly beneficial for those who struggle with acne. By having a gluten-free diet, one will most likely cut out very highly-processed foods packed with sugar – again, another component commonly linked to breakouts.


CHANGING YOUR FOOD.

If you are way past your teenage years and your skin consistently manifests some kind of acne and other visible lesions, try starting a food diary and properly tracking your diet. Experimentation, in this case, means everything. If you also manifest other skin issues, such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea; then definitely seek medical advice in order to obtain a concrete diagnosis. Not only your whole gut and overall health is affected by the ingestion of components your body naturally classifies as irritating, but your skin will be constantly under stress. It is not rare to find adults chasing treatments for rashes, scarring and flare-ups. Also, why not try adding some ingredients with proven abilities to fight varied allergies?

Studies have proved that broccoli (even the stems), strawberries, green tea and parsley are great options and go a long way towards healing skin problems. You can investigate along with your allergist for further options and curate the ideal bespoke menu.

Studies have proved that broccoli (even the stems), strawberries, green tea and parsley are great options and go a long way towards healing skin problems. You can investigate along with your allergist for further options and curate the ideal bespoke menu.


TREATING THE AFTERMATH.

If you are already facing the results of skin inflammation, it is time to address your skincare regimen. If blemishes, dryness and eczema-like symptoms have been haunting you, worry no more: we have surgical-led solutions which have been tried and tested by patients undergoing intense skin recovery.

The Anti Blemish Bio Cellulose Mask is amazing for soothing and calming angry and inflamed skin. Our Y Theorem Repair Light Serum also targets most of the concerns above, whilst being ideal for humid environments and oilier complexions. If the skin is not irritated inflamed or dry but scarring/acne is the main concern, our Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil and Anti Blemish Booster are the perfect combo – soon enough, problematic skin will just be old news.