I usually like to keep my personal life private, but feel that sharing my own struggle of having an inflammation-free face is something that many struggle with, and hope that this will reach people that may also be struggling to achieve clearer skin.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, food allergies may be a contributing factor to acne breakouts. In 2015, I noticed that the more dairy I had, the worse my face became, and so I eliminated most dairy, starting with milk. I had a harder time giving up cheese because I love, love, LOVE cheese. Cheese and I had a special relationship. It wasn’t until my son was born, and I realized that he had a dairy sensitivity that I gave up dairy entirely. It was definitely a struggle, and I’m human, which meant there were times that I fell off the bandwagon.
I continued to struggle on and off, it was easier at times than others. Gatherings with friends and family were the most difficult, especially when some individuals believe that food sensitivities and allergies are not real, or not severe, or not connected to skin health.
In April 2018, I decided enough was enough and asked my primary care physician to order a food allergy panel, and my blood was drawn on May 5th. I had access to my lab results prior to meeting my physician, and when I went to review them she stated “All your results are negative! You don’t have any food allergies!“ I simply responded that I didn’t believe the results and questioned why she had an IgE test run, rather than an IgG test. (IgE = Immunoglobulin E, IgG = Immunoglobulin G… but more on that later!). She replied that that’s just how the food allergy panel came.
Frustrated with the results, and a rash that was now spreading to the rest of my body, I decided to get a second opinion and scheduled a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor. My appointment fell on the Friday before we left for vacation, but I needed answers. The doctor and I agreed that on an IgG food allergy panel. I immediately went to a lab after leaving my appointment and had my blood drawn again (just shy of 6-weeks from my first blood draw).
Less than a week later, my ND called with my results as we sat down to have a family lunch. I had a handful of food sensitivities, with my biggest offender being COFFEE! For those of you who know me, I’ve had a Starbucks addiction since my high school years. The next two foods were egg whites and wheat.
Other foods that I am sensitive to, labs included casein (protein in milk and cheeses), tomatoes, chocolates, yeast and corn.
Here are some interesting facts about food allergies. They’re becoming extremely common, and affect about 5% of adults and 8% of children – and rising. The 8 most common food allergies include cow’s milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, and fish. Symptoms of food allergies include swelling of the tongue, mouth and/or face, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, and an itchy rash. Severe food allergies can cause anaphylaxis.
I plan to continue sharing my journey with you all, and would love for you to share your stories with me!
Healthline. (2018). The 8 Most Common Food Allergies. [online] Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/common-food-allergies#section10 [Accessed 25 Jun. 2018].
Uzoma, K. (2018). Does Dark Chocolate Cause Pimples?. [online] LIVESTRONG.COM. Available at: https://www.livestrong.com/article/522491-does-dark-chocolate-cause-pimples/ [Accessed 25 Jun. 2018].