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    Five Common Skin Conditions Associated With Celiac Disease


    Gluten intolerance often presents itself in ways unexpected, including several common skin conditions.  Ranging in severity from dermatitis herpetiformis to dry skin, avoiding gluten may have more to do with your plaguing skin concerns than you imagined.

    Here are some common dermatological concerns associated with celiac disease:

    • Dermatitits Herpetiformis—This painful, blistery condition can be very stressful, especially when misdiagnosed.  An inflamed, itchy rash, dermatitis herpetiformis begins as tiny white filled blisters or red spots around hair follicles.  Trying to hide or disguise DH, as well as trying to treat it when misdiagnosed can be incredibly stressful for a person.
    • Eczema—Eating a gluten-free diet is becoming an increasingly popular mode of treatment for eczema.  Those who are gluten intolerant also tend to have more advanced psoriasis.Psoriasis—Like eczema, psoriasis has in many cases shown improvement when the person is put on a gluten free diet.  In Scott Adams’ 2004 article, he also mentioned that psoriasis in those with celiac tends to be more severe.
    • Acne—Links between celiac and malabsorption, as well as hormonal upset can contribute to a greater production of acne.  Many birth control pills boast promises of clearer skin, their method is through hormone manipulation.  Because many who suffer from gluten intolerance also experience a disruption of normal hormone function, this disharmony can lead to problems with acne. 
    • Dry Skin—Also correlated to malabsorption, dry skin is a very common complaint amongst those with celiac.  But this condition is one that many people see even after the prescribed treatment of a gluten free diet.  Why?  Vitamin E rich grains are vital to maintaining skin harmony, but since many who are gluten intolerant begin avoiding grains completely—even those grains that are gluten-free, getting that important Vitamin E in their diets can become a challenge.


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    I've been on a gluten free diet for five years and using the best whole food supplements for 15 years. I STILL have eczema..I have to say it's a bit better, but I just can't figure out the ONE thing to make it go away. I did notice that removing potatoes, tomatoes and green peppers (I think these are the nightshade foods??) from my diet immediately turned around the inflamed eczema I had on my eyelid. 3-4 days after taking them entirely out to my diet....the eczema on my eye was completely gone. But what's on my elbows and scalp didn't go away. It is however not inflamed. I would sure love to heal my immune system...if that's what it takes, but not sure what else to do.

    Hi Amy,

    My daughter suffers from eczema. At age 4, her scalp looked like she had cradle cap again. Chunks of her hair were coming out with the dry skin patches. The doc had it tested and just said it was atopic dermatitis and recommended dandruff shampoo. I decided to try Vanicream on her. They make soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner. It cleared up her eczema on her head within a week and it has not come back. It has been 2 and 1/2 years now and only time it has come back it when I ran out of it. She still gets it on her skin in the winter months, but the lotion helps. They sell Vanicream's full line of products at Target, through the pharmacy.

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    I believe the FDA is allowing companies to feed us more garbage. These filler/cheaters such as wheat gluten are making some of us sick. I fear a growing number will become ill as things become contaminated, polluted and made as cheaply as possible in an effort to increase profits. Food prices are increasing and following a gluten free diet is even more expensive, but I'm sick and I don't know where else to turn. The federal government needs to do their jobs and protect us instead of lining their pockets with special/personal interests.

    Perhaps it's just a coincidence but it seems like the injection of GMOs into mainstream diets seems to coincide with increased allergies, celiac, and other skin disorders and cancers. Obviously there's no proof... yet, but I think there's a strong link. On a side note, has anyone developed intolerances to eating straight rice? I seem to feel my best when I just eat meat, fruit, and veggies.

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    Perhaps it's just a coincidence but it seems like the injection of GMOs into mainstream diets seems to coincide with increased allergies, celiac, and other skin disorders and cancers. Obviously there's no proof... yet, but I think there's a strong link. On a side note, has anyone developed intolerances to eating straight rice? I seem to feel my best when I just eat meat, fruit, and veggies.

    My five year old daughter has wheat, and soy allergies. We recently put her on Fish oil with omega 3, 6, & 9, as well as cod liver oil, When my daughter consumes GMO foods her eczema becomes inflamed in a very bad way. We do a lot of organic fruit and veggie smoothies with flax and chi seed as well. Our daughter isn't much of a meat eater. I can tell you that sticking to whole quality organic raw foods, some cooked along with meat that isn't chemically treated help a lot. Nothing seems to make it go away though.

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    I have had celiac for 14 years, I take 100 m of dapsone for my skin disorder. It is for lepers. Dapsone is hard on your blood cells and makes you anemic which also makes you very tired. I am 73 yrs. old. My two sisters also have celiac, the youngest all her life, 66 years.

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    Hi Amy,

    My daughter suffers from eczema. At age 4, her scalp looked like she had cradle cap again. Chunks of her hair were coming out with the dry skin patches. The doc had it tested and just said it was atopic dermatitis and recommended dandruff shampoo. I decided to try Vanicream on her. They make soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner. It cleared up her eczema on her head within a week and it has not come back. It has been 2 and 1/2 years now and only time it has come back it when I ran out of it. She still gets it on her skin in the winter months, but the lotion helps. They sell Vanicream's full line of products at Target, through the pharmacy.

    Thank you Deborah for this information.

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    I've been on a gluten free diet for five years and using the best whole food supplements for 15 years. I STILL have eczema..I have to say it's a bit better, but I just can't figure out the ONE thing to make it go away. I did notice that removing potatoes, tomatoes and green peppers (I think these are the nightshade foods??) from my diet immediately turned around the inflamed eczema I had on my eyelid. 3-4 days after taking them entirely out to my diet....the eczema on my eye was completely gone. But what's on my elbows and scalp didn't go away. It is however not inflamed. I would sure love to heal my immune system...if that's what it takes, but not sure what else to do.

    My eczema clears completely if I eliminate all gluten AND all milk products! Maybe this will help you! I hope so.

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    I found big rashes!!! My doctor said allergy to migraine shots.. "anyone else allergic to many antibiotics?"

    Many years ago i was told i may have a gluten allergy over ten years ago! I was vegan for about a year on a super strict diet.. of gluten free, dairy and caffeine, only organic products, and sugar contents of up to 10.. since finding out over ten grams gave me a migraine. So any who.. looking up about gluten free and celiac disease on looking back into the whole diet.. I saw this rash and cause of problems I was never ever told about caused by having the gluten allergy/ celiac disease.

    It's so shocking since family history could possibly teach us more on how or why we have this horrible and painful disease. Please let me know if you have info on problems caused by this or know anyone who can talk to me or anything like that ... Thanks so much god bless

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    I stopped using any skin and hair product that has gluten in it as well as going gluten free. I had dermatitis herptaforaris and bad leaky gut and both sides of my family have celiac members. My dad has been celiac for over 30 years. We all took dna tests and tested positive to 1 to 2 of the celiac gene. I use vanicream on my face as well and had terrible acne until going gluten free and using gluten free products. I use tarte makeup which is gluten free and i Also react to sodium laural sulfate and parabens so my lotions makeup and hair products as well as toothpaste have to be free of those. I have also adopted the keto diet.

    In canada ag hair products are gluten and sodiumlaural sulfate frre

    Hope this helps

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    Kristen Campbell is a gluten-free, natural beauty expert. Diagnosed with severe gluten intolerance, she tests and tries, then recommends only the very best and purest gluten-free cosmetic products on her website www.NaturallyDahling.com. She is also the co-founder of www.GlutenFreeFox.com the world's first gluten-free search engine.

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