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  1. Ursula, Thank you for replying. The more I hear from others, the more things becomes clear and confirmed. I still don't know 100% what I may be allergic or intolerant to except that I know the cracker are horrible for me to consume. If I get stuff on my skin after that, it must not be good for my body. Like you, I feel like a monster when I get those pus-filled pimples. I want to get an allergy test done first. It's a work in progress because I have been only a while making the connection of where acne may be coming from. I, too, dislike pepper. Most in my family dislike it anyway, and I never knew that they were considered healthy. It looks to me that it is possible to live and eat healthy when eliminating certain foods that aren't good for an individual. I am thankful that I am able to talk about this without having people deny what I say just because it doesn't happen to them or their friends consume 'crap' and still have perfect skin. So frustrating to talk to closed-minded people. This forum is the most open one I have been to. I feel that there is understanding and openess. Keep it up !
  2. If you know of my post below Crakers and Acne, you see that I get bad acne the next day from eating it. It's why I suspect I don't have DH because it does not itch. At one point, I had acne purging on the side of my face everyday, and it did itch a little--I suspected it was because of the pus infections of acne. Pus and infections can itch, which is why I doubt I have DH. Danna Korn said that she does not have studies that I could read about acne because gluten intolerances, celiac, etc, is very new, but she's had people tell her that gluten gives them acne. My mom said that when she was younger, she'd eliminate all kinds of refined sugars and pastas. She said, that in one month her complexion would improve. She really did it to lose 5 pounds before an event. I think that since gluten and acne is such a rare topic no one wants to discuss in the medical community (because I find articles denying that food is the cause of acne), it may never be an easy thing to diagnose with a doctor unless I found one that's open minded. A naturopath, as I have read, is more likely to be open-minded to food as the cause of acne. I find it so weird because isn't what's wrong on your skin, an indication that something you ingest or in your body is not right? It's hard for me to understand why medical doctors would diagnose it as just a hormonal problem or genetic problem because you produce too much sebum and nothing can be done about it except treat it with acne creams and antibiotics. Some people are never going to get acne with the same foods that I eat, but they are not prone to acne. I know, I have families like that. Just like, I will never tell someone who says he's allergic to peanuts that he's not because I don't have an allergic reaction to peanuts. That's nuts (no pun intended ). I guess I want this topic to be acknowledge in the medical community because it is very saddening and frustrating to acne sufferers who finds no treatments from creams after creams after pills. My mom went to the doctor today for her appointment, and he wanted to know if I went to the aesthetician he recommended. He seemed eager to know about it more than once. Okay, so it seems that the aesthetician talked to him, and told him that she thinks I was not consistent with her program and Retin-A that I used. I was so irrate that she said something like that. I have been on Retin-A for a long time, and I know how Retin-A works because it did work for me a long time ago. She thinks she knows more about Retin-A than I do. I told her I've been on it for a long time, too. Maybe she doesn't remember what I told her. Her treatment program consisted of washing for 2 minutes and scrubbing with sugar about 2-3 times a week. It left my skin crying (metaphorically) from dryness, overtouching and overstimulation that it broke me out all over my face including my forehead (which I don't get much there). My skin felt like sandpaper. I had to stop to have my skin recover. I never had my skin like that in my life. Scrubbing aggravates my acne--but I wanted to keep quiet and try her program just so that I am not told that I am stubborn + to give something else a try. I did read on a paper that overwashing and scrubbing or touching skin can make acne worse. There are people who fantastically treat acne with scrubbing. I wish it were true in my case, but it's not. Her purpose of the program is to calm down my skin, it did the opposite. Retin-A actually leaves skin irritated and dry, so I don't know what she really expected out of my skin while on it. It just seems she has no clue about Retin-A. I wrote her a letter after 2 weeks to let her know why I canceled the appointment. Maybe I should have gone to show her how her treatment didn't calm my skin down, but I was too scared to let her do or recommend anything. It irrates me that people don't believe what I have tried all these years. I just feel that the doctor believes now that I am a stubborn person. If Retin-A would have worked, I'd have never gone to anyone for further treatments. I am not against Retin-A at all. It worked for me long ago, and it worked for my mom as well, as other people. It just doesn't work for me anymore. I felt like venting because I feel like I am not being listened to, including my mom who can't understand why Retin-A isn't working. On some days she seems to forget and says I am not consistent. On some days, when I remind her, she'd remember I am consistent. Why would she say that? She doesn't watch me every night to see what I put on my face. It irrates me. There's no other way to prove to her or the doctor or anyone. I felt like writing to the doctor, but then what's the point? He might just be one person who doesn't listen about acne problems. FairySprinkle.
  3. What are the differences between allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity? Is there a website link you can recommend instead if you do not want to go over it here? Danna Korn suggested reading her book, which I thought I would get, but I am tight money-wise now since I am getting insurance. It seems as if food allergy tests may not be 100 percent accurate or it might just depend on the type of test you get which of course makes it even more overwhelming to know if whether or not you're getting the right test or right results. I have gotten some suggestions, but what is true about accuracy in food allergy tests? What could make some doubt this? I am not just testing for gluten intolerance, but also food allergies that's causing my bad acne. I have to test if it is Dermatitis Herpetiformis, just in case and peace of mind. I know that I have some dairy intolerance because I get non-stop gas, so how is that an intolerance, but not allergy? I had a salad dressing which contains eggs and shredded cheddar cheese which caused gas afterwards. Is an allergy a visible skin reaction? What's the sensitivity? I am confused. Such as I get horrible breakouts after eating crackers which contains barley malt and wheat. I am not sure if it's wheat allergy or gluten intolerance because one thing, I don't know if it is Dermatitis Herpetiformis. If it's not DH, then could it be a wheat allergy and why? It's confusing, but it gets clearer and clearer, but it's because I am new into this, so it seems a bit crazy from time to time---I'll hange in there .
  4. I have been trying to be gluten-free for about 4 days to the best of my knowledge. If I wanted a blood test done, how long will I need to be eating gluten until the appointment? 2 weeks? Do you find that the first few days it goes from better to worse to better as if it seems hopeless or does it get better only since gluten-free?
  5. Thanks. I am going to start calling when my insurance kicks in in a few weeks or less.
  6. About how long does it take before I see if a gluten-free diet is helping? Is there a range?
  7. My derm takes 3 months to see. I'll see if I can contact a different dermatologist. How is a biopsy done? Does it hurt? Do you have to have skin bumps present in order to have a biopsy?
  8. Hi, thank you for the link. I will do what I can to test the gluten levels, etc. I am not sure where I would find a good dermatologist who will see acne as DH because they don't look like blisters. However, I am seeing a patter from a picture and someone here who says that she gets DH around her mouth like I do as well I see that it runs under my chin. Normally, I don't get bumps under my chin.
  9. Hi, there is a cracker that I didn't eat for a long time, and I ate them last week for two days straight with cream cheese and tuna. Both days, I woke up with ugly acne on my face. Like around 6 pus-filled. They do not look like blisters. It also appeared below my earlobe and between my ear and face. I almost never have acne there. I am having bumps uder my chin and jawline. I almost never have it there either. When I eat like crap like breads, desserts or ice cream (not sure if the ones I ate had gluten), my face looks dull-like I didn't have enough sleep. Last Christmas of 2005, I made Fruitcakes 2 times and I had fruitcake for like a week with eggnog, and I got really ugly disgusting acne on my chin and maybe on my cheek, but I don't remember my cheek area. I do remember how gross my chin looked, and I was so embarrassed at work not wanting to look at anyone. After that, it cleared up because I didn't have fruitcakes or crap. They are always filled with pus, and I drain them because they are too embarrassing to go anywhere. I didn't dare make fruitcake this year. They are good, but not worth the price of what it does to my skin. I don't know if they are pustules, nodules or cysts because I don't know the differences to well, but I know I have had pustules, and I do know they are far worse than pimples.
  10. Thank you for the suggestions everyone! I bought gluten-free rice pasta from the grocery store (organic section), and it wasn't bad. I am not sure what brand it is. It wasn't bad, but I sure want to make sure I try Tinkyada and other yummy breads, bagels, etc.
  11. I am glad to help. If your best friend does not have regular bowel movements, it could cause acne and other health problems. People must have regular bowel movements either through high fiber foods or some natural form of fibers, etc. Make a salad mix of cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, etc. and squeeze orange juice over it. Have it already cut up for easy servings daily. Someone in the health food store might help with a colon cleanse program. That's an important part to take care of, not just for acne. You may want to read The Acne Prescription by Dr. Perricone. He has a 3 day diet to test, and that's what I tried, but his 28 day diet is costly for my lifestyle right now--some of it I do not like. Probably the only dermatologist and book to admit that acne can be caused by food.
  12. I went to Wild Oats to search their gluten-free breads in the freezer, but they are so tiny and weird with juice as flavors. Doesn't sound like something I wanted to buy. I like to eat tuna on a sandwich or bagel or a turkey/ham and cheese sandwhich. I like cream cheest and bagel. Where can I find real gluten-free bread? I'd love to make them at home in the oven. I am not sure my mom would allow for a breadmaker in the kitchen (she doesn't like cluttered kitchens), but I bet making my own will be more nutritious and better tasting. Also, my mom's going to make spaghetti tonight, and I am sure the spaghetti is not gluten-free. Where can I find one? Brand suggestion? Where?? Suggestions? I'll look at the glutten-free mall online, but I hope to get some suggestions. Thank you .
  13. Are yeast and corn starch gluten free if there is no other ingredients listed that is gluten?
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