GLUTEN GLUTEN sensitivity is one of those hidden and hard to detect causes behind many health problems. It also happens to be the reason many acne victims struggle to get clear skin. Acne is a result of blood sugar problems and chronic inflammation. These trigger hormonal reactions that lead to increased sebum production, blocked pores and overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria. Gluten contributes to acne in two ways. First, it causes damage to the small intestine, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies and an increased toxic body load (through leaky gut syndrome). Insulin resistance leads to blood sugar problems, which is linked to acne. Avoid the obvious, such as breads, pastas and pastries, and you’ve cut out the biggest sources. As you heal the digestive tract and bring down the inflammation levels you become less sensitive to gluten. You may never fully get over the gluten sensitivity, but at least it doesn’t trigger such a strong reaction anymore.