Re: Connection between acne and allergies?
I personally have a breakout cycle. I breakout the most and worst between Mid-August through April or May (like 8 or 9 months) but when I was younger I used to be allergic to Burmuda Grass (maybe I still am but I don't get any of the symptoms, but I don't play in grass anyway) so that is something that I'm wondering about. I don't have any allergies (barely any asthma) I'll have to do a search on what allergens are highest in those months. Anyway, I posted this on the "diet causes acne...but HOW?" thread (more info under that topic though).
Try doing a search on Wheat Allergy, Gluten Intolerance, and Celiac Disease.
If you are allergic to grass, you may also be allergic to grains. This includes, rice, corn, wheat, barley, rye and some oats. On another acne board and PCOS board people had success low carbing, and even greater success (100% clear) on Lectin-Free and Gluten-Free diets. However Wheat is the biggest aggrevator and seems to fall under all the catagories that we've been seeing hormonal, physical, and skin improvements in when eliminated. It's a Grass, a Carbohydrate, A Lectin, and contains Gluten!
If you are intolerant to glutenous foods, it may take years, decades even before if finally screws your body up. Slowly glutens will mess up your digestive, metabolic, and hormonal systems in a way that make it look as if it's a problem with Candidasis, PCOS, Insulin Resistance, Hypothyrodism, Diabetes, etc. All of those hormonal problems and more can have acne as a SYMPTOM!
Remember Gluten is in A LOT of products, hence why some people feel that avoiding dairy is the answer, well, they would probably get much better results avoiding Wheat products. If you want to be completely clear, you might have to avoid not only wheat, barley and rye, but other gluten containing foods too (their derivatives). Also, you don't necessarily have to be allergic to grass for this to be true, try getting tested by your doctor or just remove wheat from your diet and see what happens.
Oh and don't worry, there are plenty of recipes, mixes, and already made foods (some we already eat--some at the grocery store, restuarants, health food stores, or mail order)that will enable you to still have fun. Yup, despite being Gluten Free, you can still eat certain breads, pastas, and desserts even. ;-)