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Did anyone's skin get worse before it got better when going gluten-free? I don't have DH, and my skin isn't that bad, really...but what I do have are these little bumps that kind of look like pimples, though not usually pink or red, and if I squeeze them (I know, not supposed to squeeze/pick!), it looks like something should come out but it's just water/clear liquid.

I didn't have very many before, but over the past year as my health got worse, I got more of these bumps...mostly on my chin, jawline, cheeks, upper neck.

I started using gluten-free cleanser and face cream recently and I'm hoping that will clear it up, along with my new diet...maybe I just need more patience, but it seems almost like it's worse instead of better.

Just wondering if anyone has experienced something like this?

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Did anyone's skin get worse before it got better when going gluten-free? I don't have DH, and my skin isn't that bad, really...but what I do have are these little bumps that kind of look like pimples, though not usually pink or red, and if I squeeze them (I know, not supposed to squeeze/pick!), it looks like something should come out but it's just water/clear liquid.

I didn't have very many before, but over the past year as my health got worse, I got more of these bumps...mostly on my chin, jawline, cheeks, upper neck.

I started using gluten-free cleanser and face cream recently and I'm hoping that will clear it up, along with my new diet...maybe I just need more patience, but it seems almost like it's worse instead of better.

Just wondering if anyone has experienced something like this?

what you're describing sounds exactly like DH... little bumps/blisters with clear liquid coming out when squeezed.

i have some bumps on my forearms that come and go... but i had a small patch on my stomach that didnt even show up untill i went gluten free!! they came 3 weeks after i went gluten-free.. and they stayed for about 4 months.

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But they don't itch at all, and look nothing like the pictures when I google DH. I just really hope it goes away <_<

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I have those at times on my upper shoulders and upper arms. They didn't start going away until I was a year into this. but they come back with a vengeance if I get glutened or if I have anything with potato starch. It's a bummer.

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It could be DH or it could be an allergic reaction to your cleanser. I suggest you get something that is fragrance free as well as gluten-free.

Bea

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You can post pics if you like.

It sounds like what my rash was like before it got really bad. DH

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yeah when I took pictures it looked a little more like DH than I thought. I guess I'll go to the doctor...if I find a spare moment UGH. Feeling really down right now. Not just about my skin, but everything. Regardless...is there anything you can do for DH? Or is it just gluten-free and wait it out? And why is it on my face, has anyone else had it one their face? I guess I should go to the DH forum.

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I have it on my face.

10 lesions- they go down then flare again.

It is not fun. At least if it were on my limbs, I could cover it up with clothing.

I was misdiagnosed for a long time since it is on my face. Treated for fungus, acne, herpes, etc. on and on.

Since all the literature says DH does not occur commonly on the face, it may take some convincing to get a dermatologist to test you for it. But you may have better luck than I did.

I will tell you that iodine can activate the rash and lesions and you should avoid iodine temporarily until the rash heals. It takes both gluten and iodine to cause DH. It is very slow healing. This is 5 months now for me. I have made mistakes like eating shellfish, fish, using iodized salt. I thought eliminating gluten would be enough but it has not been.

One website said DH sufferers heal faster if they avoid dairy, eggs and peanuts in addition to gluten. But most of the literature says gluten and temoorary iodine avoidance are enough. I have become more vigilant about avoiding iodine, since I started this journey. Use uniodized salt.

For the pain, Walgreens makes a benzocain ointment calle Pain Relieving Ointment, but it is only temporary relief. The experts say that the antibodies can remain in the skin for up to 10 years and can easily be activated for several weeks just by accidental cross contamination. It is true in my case. Some people have healed after a few weeks gluten free, some after a few months. Some take up to 2 years according to Dr. Peter Green.

The DH forum is very helpful. I'm sorry you have to go through this. It adds a whole other layer to Celiac and food elimination. I too, have wondered how many have it on their face. I know of 2 others on this cite that I can recall. So I don't think it is entirely rare...just unrecognized maybe.

Ask any questions you like. This is a difficult thing to manage, and everyone here has been really helpful to me.

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