Chatty Update: The Real Cause Of My Acne (Gluten, Fructose, Casein Intolerance)

Chatty Update: The Real Cause Of My Acne (Gluten, Casein, Fructose Intolerance)

I’ve got very serious about sorting out my health (including my blood sugar) once and for all in the last month, which means I went on a couple of elimination diets. I wanted to see why on some days I feel great and on others I struggle to get up and do things. My energy or moods aren’t consistent like they should be. My skin isn’t perfectly clear either: I get a spot or two here and there and I needed to find the reason why.

I just had this gut feeling that there was something bothering my body, something that I haven’t uncovered yet. More precisely, it’s something I eat.

Going on an elimination diet is the most accurate way to test for food sensitivities. It’s time consuming and challenging, but it’s super informative. Many months ago, I tried to go gluten-free for 60 days, which then was followed by 3 weeks dairy-free. But I saw no results… Why? Because it turns out I’m sensitive to both, so I could only see results if I eliminated both, gluten and dairy.

I’ve also always felt that fruit was bothering me, but I wasn’t sure and I didn’t know what exactly it was (even in one of my first ever videos about how I cleared my acne I mentioned fruit causing me troubles). It turns out I also have something called Fructose Malabsorption. Fun! But at least I have a bit more clarity in my life now.

Talking about acne, my skin is pretty clear most of the time, but I’m able to bring my acne back full force (from 0 spots to 7 huge whiteheads) in one night. Guess how? By eating cheese, especially mature. It’s a concentrated source of casein and a lot of us are sensitive to it. I was shocked when I looked at the mirror the morning after reintroducing dairy after a short elimination diet and saw 7 bright spots looking back at me.

So if you have acne, I’d definitely try to go on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet for at least a few weeks. You will be surprised, I promise. And if you aren’t, at least you will have tried to eliminate one of the most common (if not the most common) causes of acne.

Do you have dairy intolerance, gluten intolerance, Celiac Disease or Fructose Malabsorption yourself? How did you find out? How did your life change when you eliminated the offending foods? I’d love to know!

Lots of love,

Vita xx

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  1. My daughter suffers from acne all the time on her face, and she’s tried everything to get rid of it. I will have to share your post with her to see if it helps her.

  2. Hi Vita! Isn’t it amazing how food can have such an impact on how we feel? I’m 21 days into the Whole 30 program, and sleeping/feeling SO much better! Lots of protein and veggies and healthy fats = happier me. 🙂

    • Yay! So happy that it’s working for you. Yes, it’s incredible how changing our diet can change the way everything else works. It’s fascinating. Good luck with your program! xx

  3. I loved this update. I am eating gluten free now for the last 2 years, but I suspect problems with dairy as well, my skin is problematic and I still experience bloating and cramps. I look forward to your results and hope you find your answer. Thanks for sharing.

    • Gluten and dairy intolerances often go together. I wish I’d realized that earlier on. I’m still gluten and dairy free and going strong. Thanks for your comment, Tacy! xx

  4. Hi Vita, thanks for sharing the info! I have fructose malabsorption and dairy intolerance too. I have eliminated all sources of dairy in my diet. I drink a soy milk capuccino instead of my usual milk capuccino and I no longer have yogurts and cheese and I do feel much better! It is said that we are addicted to the foods we have intolerances and that is absolutely true in my case as I was craving milk capuccinos all day long before changing to soy milk. On the other side, I’m a bit clueless with the fructose malabsorption. Have you eliminated all fruits from your diet? or which fruits cause you trouble or which do you digest good? Pineapple works great for me and makes me feel awesome and grapes are an absolut no-no for me. Thanks and greetings!

    • It’s definitely true that we’re addicted to foods we are sensitive to. I have since successfully reintroduced organic goat dairy and fruit. Still not eating gluten – I think it was the real culprit. All of the fruits digest well for me at the moment. But before, when I had trouble with fructose, I had troubles with apples, pears, watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, grapes – basically all the fruit with more fructose than glucose. If pineapple works well for you, it’s probably not fructose malabsorption, but something else in fruit bothering you. xx

  5. Chrismaine says

    Hi Vita! I suffered acne 5 months until now. I’ve been researching about how to cure it and want to try OCM. I’m washing my face with all natural soap then I use ACV as toner and moisturize it with grapeseed oil. I’ve been doing this routine for almost 4 weeks now and my acne got worse. Before small bumps on forehead and chin but now its big,red and painful. I don’t know what to do anymore. Please help. Thanks.

    • Hi Chrismaine, what kind of soap are you using? What are the ingredients? Have you ever tried just rinsing with water? You can use a muslin cloth occasionally as well if you need to exfoliate a little bit. I’m not a big fan of ACV: I found it extremely drying and irritating. Perhaps that’s what is causing you troubles? You could try to remove all of the things one by one and see if there are any improvements. For example, skip the soap and use water. Then you can try to skip ACV. Also grapeseed oil can be quite drying. Does your skin dry and tight by any chance? xx

      • the soap ingredients are saponified vegetable oil,olive oil,shea butter,avocado oil,cocoa butter and almond essential oil. when I am washing my face with soap my face feels tight and dry so I stopped using it everyday. when I use grapeseed oil as moisturizer my face itches and white pustules appear. I thought it’s only natural bc my face still adapting to more natural way but then white pustules keep appearring that I began to panic. I will try to use just water and see some improvements. I’ll let you know. thanks!

        • Grapeseed oil can be quite drying and the vegetable oil in the soap doesn’t sound good. Plus, any soap, even the most natural one, is still soap and it still dries out the skin and interfere with the acid mantle. Nothing beats water only. xx

          • Chrismaine06 says

            Hi Vita! I stop using soap and I’ve been doing my routine w/o ACV and soap for a month now. I’m very happy to tell you that my face has improved. My forehead and chin are almost acne free. My cheek still has acne but not so much and some is just blemishes. I know my skin has calm down and I thank you for helping and inspiring me. I’m looking forward for more improvements. Godbless!

          • Yay! That’s amazing. I’m so glad you’re seeing improvements. Happy New Year! xx

  6. Hey

    I suffered from acne for a long time – I tried cutting down on certain foods as suggested here but as you suggested dairy is the big one for me! The redness has reduced and I try soya where possible now!

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