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I had all three. In the last year and a half my raynauds symptoms have lessen significantly (I have bene gluten free for a year and a half). I still have the symptoms, but not as severe. Acne was horrific everywhere. I have scars on my back from them and a few on my face. My acne flare ups are nothing like I had before I went gluten free. The doctor told me that raynauds, my skin condition, and vitamin deficies at 25 made her suspect a gluten intolerance (as well as other symptoms)and a gastrologist confirmed it! try it I think you might notice a huge difference!
I've read acne is from insulin response (I used to get acne from potato chips before I quit them). When I was a teen I was a bread and milk girl and had acne. I also had eczema. I grew out of the acne for the most part in early 20s, except for TOM breakouts.
Dr. Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, wrote a paper about acne (link below). I gave up dairy around May (have been gf for about 5 yrs). Can't believe what a difference it has made with my blood glucose numbers. It didn't happen overnight, but I double-take my blood glucose when I check it sometimes it's THAT good: like normal - even after I eat?! I lost weight giving up dairy, too, and that helps bg.
As for the acne, I don't have much of a problem anymore either gf or dairy free (so maybe it's better control of my insulin?).
I think my dad has Raynaud's, but he's not gf (has liver and gut problems, though, and should be gf of course).
Come back and let us know what you figured out works for you.
Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 12/21/2010 (15:50)
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I have Raynauds too, not diagnosised by a Dr but a friend mentioned that's what I had when I was complaining about it once. I looked it up and Yup..that's me.
I am 45, had Raynauds, oh about my early 20's. I went GF 2008 and still have Raynauds. Symptoms have not changed at all, so not sure if they will go away or what not?
I, too, got relief from relentless skin issues that had plagued me most of my life.
Raynaud's is a rheumatic disease, like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. I work with an arthritis support group who very definitely sees gluten as a trigger for their flares.
Gluten free lipstick may be a place to start, since more than you think gets swallowed.
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One thing no one mentioned here on the board is, be careful of your makeup as well. Believe it or not hand creams and body soaps can carry gluten, like having oatmeal in it, as well as makeup. I know there are websites for gluten free make up, but can't see to find the links on my favorite right now, maybe someone else can help.
I believe there is a very strong connection between gluten intolerance/Celiac's and skin problems. There also appears to be a gluten connection with Raynaud's, at least in the scientific literature.
Doing a gluten-free trail period (say about 3 months) may answer your questions. The key here is to be strict gluten-free as even a little hidden gluten can trigger an autoimmune response in those who are gluten sensitive. So just cutting back on gluten won't prove anything. You have to be strict gluten-free to get accurate results. And it takes quite a while to get gluten out of your system.
I have 'silent' non-gut reactions to gluten so I did gene testing to find out if I was reactive to gluten (which I was). Most people can simply do strict GF diets and if they feel better or their health problems diminish then they have their answer.
For a GF test period, I would encourage you to try the 'Paleo Diet' as I've found it much easier to follow than trying to just swap out grain types. Paleo excludes all grains, all dairy, all dried beans and focuses on fresh fruits, veggies, nuts seeds and various meats and fish. Basically it follows the idea that genetically we've spent a lot more generations eating hunter-gather type foods than we've spent eating domesticated grain products. That makes Paleo easy to follow for a gluten-exclusion test diet.
There is extensive information about Paleo diets online. Dr. Loren Cordain's web site is a good source for info (though it heavily promotes his latest book) as well as Mark Sisson's web site (Mark's Daily Apple) Cordain actually connects the dots on acne and grains.
There's also long article on gluten and acne at:
I think the more you do online research the more you will discover that there's a strong connection between skin disorders, autoimmune disorders and gluten intolerance.
If you wonder why bread/wheat/seitan isn't such a great food anymore, here's an informative essay on the subject of flour:
And while you may be eating 'whole grains' or even organic grains as a part of a healthy diet, be aware that for decades grains have been hybridized to increase gluten content to make them perform better in industrialized food processing. Today's grains bear little resemblance to ancient grains.
Good luck in your search for answers.
I know that if I have some gluten then I get acne and also get those pimples that are more water and itch like crazy. As far as Raynaud I don't know.
I think it is definitely worth trying GF for a couple of weeks to see if you feel better.
I had burning rashes on my shins for years and nothing worked to clear it up or give any relief. Then I developed a rash on my arms. It was open sores and also burned. When I went GF, both of these rashes cleared up. I recently went on a cruise and did eat small amounts of gluten by accident several times during the week and the rash on my arms came back...
My daughter had terrible eczema most of her life, but since going gluten free, she has almost completely cleared up. I suspect it would clear up completely if she didn't have little cheats here and there.
I hope you get some relief soon!
I still eat eggs...it is not dairy so far as I know it is a meat I thought. Dairy is milk and an egg is not milk. There are like 5 major allergens and eggs are one but I have not given them up yet...I don't really wanna know! Soy, egg, nuts, gluten, and dairy are the major ones I think. Try GF first, then the others if it doesn't help. Any allergen can cause skin problems.
@ BLONDLEE That's a great link, thank you. Glad to hear that your daughter's skin problems went away.
Before you toss everything give this page a quick read. neverlivingwithout.com/getting-start
-gluten-free/ Just some helpful suggestions to get you started.
My daughter had a the skin problems until I made her try GF. After a few weeks it all went away(it was quite bad). She was never tested as I refuse to test all 3 of my kids until they get the DNA marker test around here so I can see if they are even carriers.
@ CINYTW When you went dairy free, did you give up eggs, too? I don't eat meat or dairy, only eggs. I'd be willing to give them up if I had to!
Thank you SUN_CLAY and CINDYTW for your responses.
I also have an eczema type rash on my eyelids that I treat with hydrocortisone cream. I would love to see all of this stuff clear up!
SUN_CLAY I'm definitely willing to go 100%. I've noticed in recent months that EVERY grocery store in my area has a gluten-free section, so that should make it easier for me, especially while I'm in the learning phase.
Going to clean out my kitchen now...to the grocery store first thing in the morning!
I had always had rashes and possibly Raynauds (someone told me it looked like that). For the rashes, dermatologists kept giving me stronger and stronger steroid creams. nothing helped, until I went Gluten Free. It is an all or nothing thing. You can't just be partially GF. Try it for a few months and see if it makes a difference.
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I can tell you that if you are sensitive to gluten it can manifest in your skin. There is even a rash specific to gluten intolerance called Dermatitis Herpeteformis. I had rashes and mild acne on my face that almost cleared when I went GF and cleared totally when I went dairy free as well. I was on 3 prescription creams before this and now use none. As far as Raynaud's, I am not sure other than it may be related by a secondary factor like a deficiency. Give GF a try and see how you do! If it helps, it helps and you can always go back on if it doesn't.
I really hope someone can help me! This is my first day of contemplating the possibility that gluten is causing my problems!
I have had acne for years, but it has gotten so much worse in the past year. I haven't been able to figure out why, given the fact that I'm eating SO very healthy now, and exercising regularly.
And then last month I was also diagnosed with Raynaud's, which has been getting worse.
Today I heard Gary Null on the radio, saying that when people go gluten-free, their skin clears up. He said this in passing, but it got me thinking. So I Googled gluten and acne, and gluten and Raynaud's, and I can't believe everything I'm reading!
I have been eating an enormous amount of wheat this past year, cereal, seitan, etc., more than I ever have before. Yes, I've had a lot of gas, but I just thought it was all the fiber!
Does anyone know anything about the connection between gluten and acne and/or Raynaud's? I would appreciate any information you could give me!!!
Edited by: VEGGIETANYA at: 12/18/2010 (18:23)