The Acne Miracle

The gastrointestinal tract (GI) is the front line, the primary battleground in the invasion of this foreign and poisonous grain, modern wheat, against our bodies. The 10-20 milligrams of wheat germ aggutinin, ingested every day by wheat-consuming individuals, for instance, damages the lining of the small intestine, while the gliadin protein (the very same gliadin that acts as an opiate and stimulates appetite, along with other mind effects) “unlocks” normal intestinal barriers to foreign substances. This last phenomenon, unique to wheat gliadin, is an important explanation for why wheat-consuming people develop autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and systemic lupus.

What happens in the GI tract is often mirrored on the skin. The destruction of the delicate bowel lining, acid reflux, bowel urgency, pancreatic damage, disruption of bowel flora, and other GI-damaging effects can be mirrored by skin dermatitis, seborrhea (most typically along the sides of the nose), psoriasis, dandruff, dryness, itching, as well as a long list of more serious conditions, even gangrene.

Acne is among the commonest expressions of the health disruption of wheat expressed on the skin, something experienced by 90% of adolescents, with continuing struggles for many adults. Here is Kelly’s story of finally being freed from the constant annoyance of acne with her wheat-free experience:

I have been a victim of acne for the past five years and have tried the elimination process food-wise to see what the problem is. Most people around me would say my skin problem was hormone-related but, truthfully, it did not make sense to me as a female to be in a constant ”hormonal imbalance” stage for five consecutive years. I did not want to opt for invasive skin treatments involving heavy medication to ”rid” the acne as that did not solve the problem really. It just did the esthetics.

I instead started the elimination process: eliminated all dairy for a period of time, then all caffeine and alcohol, then I got into blood types and eliminated some types of meat accordng to my blood type. Nothing seemed to work and wheat was not even a candidate on my elimination list, since I held zero knowledge on that front. I then got pregnant and more elimination took place (raw fish, unpasteurised products, etc.) and that’s when I fell on the Wheat Belly book (Thank the Lord!), not for losing weight in my case, but the chapter, ”Yo, pimple face!” caught my eye. To think that wheat could possibly play a role was inconceivable, but I was so keen on eliminating whatever was necessary to find the solution I went ahead and tried it.

Miracle is what happened. Literally.

Within a week, my acne on my forehead became ”inactive” and flattened out. My face was not acne-active all of a sudden. Every week, I had gotten used to a nice new acne pimple growing on my face–-and it suddenly stopped–so suddenly, I could not believe it.

It has been several months now that I am wheat-free and twice I consumed wheat, only to pay the price each time. After my wheat consumption, I had a new acne type pimple grow on my face: literally and unbelievably the day after! Could I be a better guinea pig than this? Putting myself to the test was the best thing ever. I am conscious that, being pregnant, there are real hormonal changes, and sometimes acne problems get worse or better, depending on the person. So I am curious to see once I deliver my baby, how my face will change. I have gotten the best compliments I have received in many years on the quality of my skin.

Health is certainly more than skin-deep. Eliminating wheat helped Kelly erase effects on her skin evidenced by acne, but it also exerts dramatic effects on gastrointestinal health–even if she does not perceive it! Losing the gliadin protein, for instance, means her bowels are going to regain normal bowel flora, resume normal bowel permeability and thereby reduce body-wide inflammation.

So Kelly has more to celebrate than “just” losing her acne: She has now been given back control over multiple facets of health!

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  1. Jennifer Snow

    This is one area where I haven’t seen any improvement after elimination of wheat and adoption of a very low-carb paleo-style diet. I still have prominent rosacea on my arms, face, and the back of my legs. Nothing I’ve ever done has ever made the slightest bit of difference.

    I’ve read that rosacea may be the result of bacterial overgrowth in the intestines, so I’m wondering if I should consider a course of antibiotics followed by probiotics. I am experiencing mild ongoing intestinal problems as well (although nothing like what I used to have).

    Your opinion would be much appreciated.

    • Kate N.

      Why not just add a very good probiotic to your daily routine along with fermented foods with live cultures (i.e. Bubbies sauerkraut or pickles). Another thing to consider is adding bone broth, or if you don’t have time to make that, add gelatin (from grass fed cows) to help heal your gut.

    • Gayle Brown

      Elimination of dairy was what took care of all of my lingering acne issues. Getting rid of all grains had helped a lot, but apparently the natural hormones in dairy where to blame for part of the problem. I’m fifty and have had really bad acne all my life, but for the last year my skin has been as clear as can be.

      • Jennifer Snow

        I don’t have acne, exactly, I have rosacea. I don’t get zits, instead my skin is permanently red, thick, and feels scaly. I think I’m going to go on a full elimination diet for a month or two and see if it clears up. Then I can think about adding things back in.

        • Jennifer, you might want to look into Kopec Naturals:

          I tried her Rosacea Relief and Skin Luxury face wash to excellent effect, even after I had been low carbing for many years and had seen improvement from that. While we might have eliminated the ingested irritant, the healing could take longer, and need a little help.

        • Vinessa Chapates

          I would definitely look into fermented foods and other probiotics, and make sure you are getting prebiotics as well….these will all help heal your gut. Also, drinking 2-3 tbsp of Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar one to two times per day will help get the natural acid back up in your stomach. You can easily make your own fermented foods, and they are so good. stay away from pickled. Bubbies makes a wonderful fermented pickles and sauerkraut, stay away from sauerkraut at the grocery as they are pickled now not fermented.

        • Vinessa Chapates

          oh, also, you might try looking into gettin Norwex facial cloths. you use them with only water, no soap, and a high quality non-toxic moisturizer as well. i think they would help

        • johny

          The best dietary change you can do is The Vegan Diet.No animal foods!!
          And if you don t have the results that you need ,Go Raw Vegan.Raw vegan is the ultimate step you can do to regain your health.Lupus ,psoriazis ,acene,rozacea are autoimune dieseases.Milk is a big cause.Try Dr McDougall Diet.Is a very easy vegan diet to do .The Raw Vegan is a little more difficult!!Please excuse my english!!Bye!!

        • Colin

          You’ve had a lot of suggestions here Jennifer! I’ll add one more LOL, bacterial overgrowth is common in blood type A. If you are Type A and still looking for a solution I would read The Genotype Diet (follow up to Blood Type Diet) and see if you fall into Teacher or Warrior genotypes (mostly type A’s) then give the diet a try for a few weeks. There’s much more science behind it than people realise.
          Btw, modern wheat should be avoided by ALL blood types but I suspect most of the really miraculous recoveries from eliminating wheat are from Type O’s as they do particularly badly on grains and gluten. The diet that suites them best is grain-free, Type A’s actually do well on some grains.

    • Deb

      FWIW, I have been wheat/gluten free for 6 years and it didn’t help my rosacea. What did help my rosacea finally, was reading about low stomach acid and adding betaine hcl to each meal. The book, “Why Stomach Acid Is Good for You”, explains more.

    • Dr. Davis

      You are now into an area in which I am not expert, Jennifer.

      Nonetheless, should you try this benign experiment with probiotics, I’d love to hear what you experience!

  2. allison

    I never had acne problems like that, but the only time pimples appeared for me after dropping wheat was after a pizza binge (many of them).
    One of the huge things I noticed is that my face isn’t oily anymore. It used to be super oily and itch like crazy by the end of the day, and if I missed a shower, it woiuld be so disgustingly oily. A problem I do not have anymore.
    It wasn’t caused by bacon or cheese or butter like I always thought. It was the wheat, grains and sugars.

    • Grace

      This is so interesting. I too am extremely oily! I feel like my skin has improved but I also changed to all natural skin products from Greece so I guess maybe it’s a combo of both. But I too thought it was greasy food causing my greasy face – HA! I eat way more “grease” now than I ever did and I’m so much improved! :) I was at the company Christmas party last night. I work from home so I don’t see the co-workers very often. So many people asked me what I am doing because they said I looked especially good! I was actually surprised at that reaction because it came from many people not just one. Of course I told them I quit eating wheat!

  3. Meredith

    I noticed a huge difference in my skin after going wheat free.
    When I was a teen I had hardly any acne but after having my daughters my face broke out and stayed that way. I tried covering it up with make-up but it was just too bad. I tried almost every over-the-counter cleanser, even the high cost ones out there, my doctor prescribed antibiotics but nothing worked.
    I have been so embarrassed to go out in public, ashamed that people thought I wasn’t cleaning myself properly… I even had people state that straight out or some, even medical professionals ask if I had chicken pox or shingles!!!!! I felt bad for my now teen girls having to be seen with a mom who looked like this but there was nothing I could do.
    About 4 months ago I finally listened to my dad and read the “Wheat Belly” book and changed my eating habits.
    One of the first things I noticed was my face changing, this was after only a week of no wheat! I was so excited but also couldn’t believe it. There were many other changes, weight loss being one of them (30 pounds so far) but I wanted to know for sure that it was the wheat removal responsible for it so I we ordered pizza one night…. within half an hour I was running to the washroom with an upset stomach and the very next day I had new acne pop up. Yes, many people could say this is a coincidence, so I did this test a couple more times and the same thing happened every time!
    With going off the wheat my face has almost completely cleared (yes I have fallen and had a bit of wheat here and there so I know I have to pay the price for the indulgence). I have people who have known me for years comment on just how different I look now. I don’t have to wear make-up any more to cover up and my kids have even found their teen acne clearing!

    I talk to so many people about this book and aside from the studies that Dr. Davis provides, I now have my own proof of health benefits to share.
    It is a whole new loife :)

    • JIllOz

      Indeed, so glad to see your acne has been aided by going off wheat!!

      i was at the pahrmacists’s today and mentioned that they might like to stock Wheat Belly after they’d read and assessed the book and blog. One of the assistants got excited when i said that Dr Davis was ex diabetic and had reversed his diabetes. If they stocke the books and sell it, I think she’ll be hearing about more cases of “reversed diabetes!”

      BTW, I am generally careful when recommending WB that wheat is not the cause of ALL medical problems!! I point out that wheat/can intensify causes a lot of them, but there may be underlying or other medical problems with someone.

    • Dr. Davis

      Wonderful, Meredith!

      I’m going to post your comment as a follow-on blog post, as others really, really need to hear this!

      Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Bea Pullar

    Should that be “wheat germ agglutinin”? One reference I found to explain what it does:
    My acne story was horrible right up to when I was diagnosed with diabetes 12 years ago. I joined a couple of excellent internet groups and followed the advice given there – especially by two medical writers. So I was on a relatively low carb diet plus low GI vegetables, and a small serve of protein per meal. My acne disappeared.
    People usually don’t believe I am 75 – and say I have good skin. And I don’t have grey hair. However, I have had psoriasis since I was 12 years old, mostly it’s under control but quite bad on my scalp. Going wheat free has not made any difference there but certainly the other benefits have been fantastic. Provided I am vigilant when out, I practically never have diarrhea and no more bloating plus the weight loss have been wonderful benefits of going wheat free. I have just booked to give another free talk on the Wheat Belly book at my local library early next year.

  5. Donna

    A friend who always had breakouts on her head because of extremely thick hair. While she was at my home her hair dryer quit working. I let her use mine, which was a stronger model. Her skin problem disappeared. In her case, her hair was so thick it was hard to get it completely dry at the scalp.

  6. Tony

    Hi Dr Davis and commenters,

    I was wondering if any of you have ever had any patients or readers that have tried wheat belly notice any type of increase in testosterone levels? I am a 40 year old male and have ben doing the blood type diet for a little over a month now my blood type is b- so pretty much all wheat has been cut out with the exception of oat meal which after visiting this site and watching you on Oz I have decided to switch back to eggs for breakfast. I was told I might have low T levels and did a blood test today and am waiting the results. However I do have a rare condition called cluster headaches (very painful) and recently was in a cycle and was told that T levels do drop during a cycle. I also had reflux for about 8 years and since pretty much eliminating wheat I havent taken a prilosec in months now and dont really have the issue anymore. I was told for bread replacement to try ezekiel bread but I wasnt sure if this was okay with wheat belly. I plan on going out today and grabbing your book. I do workout now about 4 days a week and have gone from 191 to 172 pounds. I do feel much better but i think incorporating your program to what I am currently doing will become very beneficial for me. I want to look like I did when I was 25 again lol….

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, losing the wheat can indeed cascade into raised testosterone levels.

      Belly fat expresses the aromatase enzyme, converting testosterone to estrogen, thus reducing testosterone and increasing estrogen. (Belly fat also stimulates pituitary prolactin release: “pro” = encourages, “lactin” = lactation–it makes your breasts grow!)

      Losing belly fat reduces aromatase activity, resulting in higher testosterone and lower estrogen levels. Thus, many males experience increased testosterone, increased muscle mass and strength, and increased libido and erectile function.

      • Tony

        thank you for your response. I am also taking D3 at 8000IU daily to help bring up T levels a little as well. My son also was diagnosed a few years ago with GERD he is now 13, since we cut wheat and wheat products out of his diet he too has been able to stop taking daily prilosec. I appreciate everything you are doing keep it up.
        I am trying to get my father in law to listen to this as well – he has had double bypass and is on a daily liptor regiment.

        I also was doing the eat right for your blood type diet and did notice some good benefits from it but my type is B- and eliminates wheat as well. My wife on the other hand is a different type and has her eating wheat lol.. We are now following your routine. Thanks again.

    • Sam

      I am a 39 year old female and have no advice for your main question, however, I too suffered from what I am pretty certain was cluster headaches. I suffered with them from the age of 13-14 and they were getting worse as I got older. Felt about like there was an ice pick going into my eyeball. Since going wheat free two years ago, I have not had a single headache of that intensity! I have had one minor migraine that was likely caused by eating out and likely being wheated. It is such a wonderful change!!

      Definitely read the book. Our first year, we were only gluten free and cheated on wheat on occasion. The second year, we read Wheat Belly and the family has been grain free ever since.

      • Tony

        I do believe that our typical western diet does play some kind of roles as triggers for headaches, migraines, and clusters such as GMO’s and MSG’s in our food chain. But a person that has clusters also has a deformity in the hypothalamus in the brain, so what happens is when you hit the REM pattern in sleep thus you awake in the most pain a human being can have. They still dont know how to treat it other than O2 and energy drinks lol. I have had many Rx’s for this and am now drug free. A well known Neuro doc at Stanford U close to where I live told me the secret to aborting them and keeping them at bay for many years. He did a research group approved by the FDA at one time and he used believe it or not magic mushrooms. I did this magic fungi for 3 weeks and they are gone and hopefully for good. I now consider myself to be in remission. The compounds within the fungi “Psilocybin” is now being used in other countries to treat depression, PTSD alcohol addictions and other addictions. There are also new research showing that D3 at 10,000 IU daily will help keep them at bay as well. The Psilocybin floods the brain with a heavy surge of serotonin and basically reboots the brain almost like hitting the side of an old tv fuzzing in and out. Hope you stay pain free. You are in the extra rare category with yours as most of us do not experience our first cycle until we are into our 20’s and even more rare as having a migraine as most of us have never had one of those. Good luck to you and thanks for commenting.

  7. Susan Moles

    Every winter I used to scratch my shins until they literally bled because they itched so badly. Since going low carb and giving up wheat in the process, that problem has not only disappeared, my shins are as smooth as silk even in the dry winter months. I really don’t need to use lotions on them at all anymore. Just one more of the many blessing of going wheat free! :)

    • Dr. Davis

      My daughter actually had a similar situation, treated with steroid creams for about 10 years–now GONE with wheat elimination!

    • allison

      I have exactly the same problem for over 10 years now, in fact anywhere the bone is close to the skin, such as shins, elbow shins(not sure what they are really called), tops of my feet, behind the ears….. steroid creams helped for awhile too, but had to get stronger and stronger ones every year and still only reduced symptoms. The only relief I would get was after scratching off the top layer of skin. Really hurt for awhile and then when it healed I would have a little bit of a break before it all started again.
      Dropping the wheat and grains eliminated it in summer, but it would still come back at a reduced severity in the winter(cold, dry, Canadian prairie winter). Then dropping cheese eliminated it completely.
      Any time I slip up and consume wheat and/or cheese it comes right back.

  8. Jene

    For acne or blemishes… leaving them alone, warm compresses, and patience, I would think it might be helpful. Also, a good OTC treatment system can do wonders if you find the right one for your skin type. See some good reviews and comparisons on them @

    • I, too, have seen my acne disappear after going wheat-free.

      I’ve suffered with painful, cystic acne since giving birth to my daughter, 13 years ago. It was mainly along my jawline, chin, and forehead, and it seemed to get worse during my cycle. Because of that, I assumed it was just due to hormones and it was something I was going to have to live with.

      Well, two years ago after quitting smoking, my acne got even worse. And when I say worse, I mean huge, painful cysts and even some boils. Dr. Davis, maybe you can explain the correlation between quitting smoking and acne. My doctor couldn’t. He simply attributed it to the fact that my hormones were suppressed by smoking, and when I quit, they ramped up and gave me this horrible cystic acne.

      I became depressed and borderline crazy, completely obsessed with the breakouts. Not only that, but I was experiencing anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, stomach issues, achy joints, migraines, mood swings, inability to concentrate or sleep…you name it, I was dealing with it. Here I was supposed to be regaining my health by quitting smoking, and I felt worse than I had in my entire life.

      Then I read your book and began to take my life back.

      Going wheat-free has not only taken care of my acne (and I mean gone), but I have also stopped in experiencing all of the aforementioned maladies. And I mean stopped. I’ve also lost the 12 pounds I put on after quitting smoking. Pounds I couldn’t lose no matter how much I exercised. My skin looks amazing, and that ‘puffiness’ I used to have in my face is gone. I can concentrate, and my memory seems sharper. I’m in a great mood 95% of the time, even during that ‘not-so-nice’ time of the month. I don’t have headaches or heart palpitations. I have energy. I can sleep. And my family actually likes me again.

      I’ve been told that I’m an attractive and nice woman, but I definitely haven’t felt like it the past couple of years…until I quit wheat. Thank you, Dr. Davis, for giving me my beauty, disposition–and more importantly, my life and health–back. My husband thanks you, too.

  9. Charla Eastwood

    Me, too!!!!

    I’ve been battling very bad acne for 25 years! Nearly completely gone! And my skin is so much softer and more supple. Oh, I’ve been using organic coconut oil on my face and neck, also, and I think it has really helped in addition.

    So many testimonies people have posted have me saying, “Me, too!!!” It’s amazing the many things that have changed in my health since going wheat free. It’s been a little more than 3 months for me, and I just keep improving in so many areas. No turning back!!!

    • Dr. Davis

      25 years?!

      You can see that, while not everybody responds to wheat (and sometimes dairy, i.e., all insulinotrophic foods), plenty do.

      And there are no expensive salves, creams, masques, prescriptions, and no liver toxicity or teratogenesis (provocation of fetal malformations)!

  10. JIllOz

    Quick note, Dr Davis – just saw the Dr Oz show where you appeared. Well done!!
    And kudos to Dr Oz for trying this out and giving you airtime to discuss this!!

    BNy the ay, I told an aunt about this. As someone whjo searvhes for the healthiest things to nourish herself and her sons she was receptive. She did however say the trope “But humans have been eating wheat for centuries”.
    I replied” We’ve had slavery for centuries too and that wasn’t so great either! ” ;)

    Anyway i gave her all the links and one son who is a medical student , will also read the book plus some links I will send him. Very heartening.

    Thought about talking to medical students????? :)

    • Dr. Davis

      Your aunt’s comment about “eating wheat for centuries” is something I’ll be talking about at length in coming posts. I will discuss how the health of Homo sapiens deteriorated with introduction of grains, especially einkorn and emmer wheat (then made much worse, of course, by the manipulations of agribusiness).

      I do provide educational talks. Among the 3 talks I am giving this coming week, I will be talking to cardiovascular fellows, i.e., postgrads learning cardiology after their internal medicine training.

      But the fastest and most widespread impact continues to come from efforts like this blog and nice people like you talking to their family and friends!

      • JIllOz

        Fantastic and thank you!!
        I pointed out to my very nice medical student cousin that if he read your book and Gary Taubes and one or two other people he would be ion the cutting edge of science and knowledge!!
        I also pointed out to him that though he studies medicine (just started) he should regard himself as a doctor yes but mainly a healer – thus enabling him to keep his mind open for new information and insights rather than locking him in to the designation “doctor” where only pharmaceuticals rule.

        Having said that one other cousin is a general practicioner/holistic practitoner and a GP I met once also does acupuncture. I think it’s not uncommon for doctors to explore and apply other modalities and good for them!

        Of course if your’e a lousy practitioner it doesn’t matter what discipline you follow…

        • JIllOz

          Quick note – I would like to note that I do greatly appreciate the medication I do have that can stop asthma attacks. Point is that I take whe I need it rather than having to use it all the time regardless of my condition.
          It also works more effectively when not suffocated by wheat in my body. Really amazing.

  11. janet


    I don’t know if this has already been posted, and sorry if it has, but this link is an alarming article about a new GM wheat being trialled in Australia that (see quote below)

    “In a new report on GM wheat, New Zealand genetics Professor Jack Heinemann, of the University of Canterbury, said the CSIRO’s technology as used in the wheat suppressed an enzyme which was similar to the human enzyme that produces glycogen. Humans eating the wheat could experience a decline of glycogen production in their bodies, leading to liver failure.”

    My cousin is very interested in Wheat Belly and ready to change his health. Wheat Belly and related Paleo books are constantly circulating at my library. It is growing. Working at the library, I talk to people every day and steer them our way when the subject comes or up they check out a related book. Helping other people helps me stay strong.

  12. Wheat free and alcohol free diet completely cleared my nail and scalp psoriasis I had for 30 years. Miracle happens. Most mainstram healthcare practicioners have no clue.

    • Dr. Davis

      Great, Martin!

      Yes, sad but true: I hope that, as more and more people report their incredible successes with wheat-elimination, my colleagues are beginning to notice.

  13. Pam

    I went wheat and grain free for 6 weeks not that long ago, as I too suffer from hormonal acne. Unfortunately, going wheat and grain free made no difference with my skin whatsoever. I’m convinced that eating as little grain and wheat as possible is ideal, and limit my wheat/grain intake to this day, but am not convinced that wheat is the solution to getting rid of acne. My acne started when I was in art school, around lots and lots of chemicals (inhaled, on skin, etc) and has lessened over time but hasn’t gone away with several cleanses and food eliminations. I am now on a TCM herbal formula, and a more restricted diet – and am seeing positive results. All that said, wheat upsets my stomach and when I do splurge and eat it I know I’m going to pay the price for it like so many others!

  14. Ana

    Hello, Im 32 year old female and have had mild acne for 10 years. Its been a week since ive gone wheat free and im breaking out more than before! I have moderate Acne now! Im eating chicken,nuts, string cheese,eggs,greek yogurt,veggies,apples,decaf coffee with sugarfree coffemate hazelnut…..i dont know whats causing my skin to break out o badly!!! Help! Im ready to go back to eating wheat b/c my skin wasnt this bad(mild acne before)

  15. Acne is a common cosmetic condition where the skin develops areas with red color, blackheads, pimples and zits.I am affected acne. I am try to solve my acne problem in your post. Your post very helpful for me. Thanks

  16. Jessica

    Does it make sense that my acne would get worse before getting better? When I stopped all wheat a week ago 2 days later I have the worst zits. Maybe a detox? I already don’t eat dairy.

    • bh

      I had the same thing happen to me. Short-lived. After a lifetime of battling acne, with the exception of the detox breakout, I have had no acne for more than a year. :-)

  17. I just stumbled upon this incredible article. I found it very interesting that Wheat can trigger acne. I always thought wheat is a low glycemic index food that cannot spike blood sugar. This is a very interesting article indeed.

    • Boundless

      > I just stumbled upon this incredible article.

      Read the WB book for the full story.

      > I found it very interesting that Wheat can trigger acne.

      A high glycemic diet (possibly with some dairy participation) is the root of acne. Super-villain of the carb? Wheat, plus it brings additional toxins to the table.

      > I always thought wheat is a low glycemic index food that cannot spike blood sugar.

      Then you clearly have not read the WB book. What wheat (whole grain or refined) does, measurably, to blood sugar is a constant theme, with numbers.

      > This is a very interesting article indeed.

      And, alas, it means that there really is no need for the acne products advertised on your site.

      Acne is just a predictable metabolic reaction to excess carbs in the diet, aggravated by strong dietary toxins like wheat. We might call it dermal diabetes, and like Type II diabetes, it’s a totally optional ailment.

  18. Hy. The first step to curing acne is knowing what type of acne you have. Once you know your acne trigger, you are one step closer to removing the acne activator and living acne free.
    There are numerous types of acne, which could explain why it is so cumbersome if not seemingly impossible for the acne sufferer to find a cure. As with other types of acne including teenage acne, the exact causes of adult acne remain unknown, but are thought to relate to changes or imbalances in our body’s hormones. It is suspected that these hormonal changes at various times in our lives lead to increases in the amount of oil in our skin which in turn leads to clogged pores or hair follicles in the skin

  19. An excellent post, and most informative. I’m doing some online research about acne (my daughter has it) and I’m thoroughly convinced that there is a strong connection between acne and diet.
    But I never considered wheat.
    I’ll point her in the direction of this blog. The rest is up to her.
    Many thanks,

  20. This is a great idea to get rid of acne naturally. Starting to change your diet and your life style will help people prevent acne from their lives. Thank you for your sharing.

  21. Victoria Ballard

    Eating no wheat has bought total relief to my skin and the moment I do eat a little my facial skin is ‘on fire’ the next day – spots, sore to touch, puffy, bright red. Mine too was a process of elimination – I initially tried dairy but to no avail. Then I came down with a nasty stomach bug last year I was absolutely bed ridden for for days and couldn’t eat a thing. The only blessing was that when I looked in the mirror my skin was amazing – so I knew I was definitely reacting to something I ate. My next option was to try no wheat and the results were pretty obvious from the moment I started. It’s not been too difficult to go without as I was feeling pretty low about the skin on my face. I also don’t feel blotted or windy. And reading this article and learning of the damage wheat could be doing to my insides makes it that much easier. Thank you for writing it.

  22. It is quite good thing to know if your acne skin is not hormone-related. Thus, you might cure it by some natural techniques including changing your diet and life style. Thank you for your sharing.

  23. Robb

    I tried eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet and nothing! Been eating kots of fruit and my acne has gotten worse! Seriously down with it!

    • Barbara in New Jersey

      Fruit has high fructose levels. Eliminating the wheat and dairy is good. Now, what else are you eating that is causing your acne flareup? If it is other high glycemic foods, then your diet is mainly sugars/starches and you shouldn’t be surprised about your acne. If your diet is mainly veggies with no sweet sauces and perhaps sauteed in olive oil and meats, chicken or fish, then you should try to find out exactly what foods you are eating that is causing your problem. Eliminate 1 food group every few days or perhaps a week and see if your acne changes.

      • Robb

        Yea i suppose i should of realised and cut back on the fruit! Trying a plain diet now, long grain rice, chicken, fish, vegetables! Nothing sweet or with a high GI! Thanks for the reply

        • Barbara in New Jersey


          Rice is high carb! 1/4 cup MAXIMUM is suggested. The idea is to keep your carb intake to about 15 grams per meal per 6 hour period. Total daily intake is about 50 carbs. Starches (like rice) are often involved in acne conditions even if they don’t taste sweet. Sugars too. Check your condiments!

          Another suggestion is to start taking probiotics to help heal your intestines and provide the proper flora that wheat eating changed. Dr. Davis recommends 50 billion cfu. The probiotic should be purchased from a place that stores them refrigerated.

  24. Kurt

    I’ve been off of wheat for about a year now, with some minor slips along the way. I’m a sucker for onion soup, and got lazy a few times a couple of weeks ago. I used to have problems with cysts in my armpits and the inside of my thighs, along with rough dry skin on my elbows. Since I quit eating wheat, these problem have vanished! But after eating the bread in a few bowls of soup, I got multiple cysts in the old areas. They were smaller than the old ones, but still an indication of what a little bit of wheat does to my skin. Once I stayed wheat free, they cleared up and have not come back. It’s very predictable. My daughter does not believe me, so ate one piece of bread with stew, and told her I would get a cyst within two days. Sure enough, it happened!
    Another major benefit, toe fungus! I wore combat boots for 12 years in the military and had horribly disfigured and colored toe nails. I was so embarrassed, I used to wear socks at the beach! About a month ago, I went to trim my nails, and realized that the toe fungus was gone! All of it. My nails are now normally shaped and have a healthy color. I took no medication, no nail treatments at all. After 20 years, I’d given up, but now I’m sock free. I’ve also lost 40 pounds. This is the real deal solution folks. I’m so grateful.

  25. Thanks for all the details. VITAMIN E PILLS we know Vitamin E oil is good for putting on top of your skin to clear it from scars, but if you have acne, putting oil on your skin is probably not the way to go. But Vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory, so taking it in pill form can work wonders for acne.

  26. It is a good and natural. I have problems with acne for many years. How to get rid of your acne, would help me of those problems. Thanks for the detail.

  27. Amanda tarvin

    I do believe wheat could be linked to acne and I am currently trying to eliminate it…. But in the article you stated that you got pregnant… Then eliminated wheat… And within a week your acne was gone… Well I had a similar experience when I got pregnant… My acne that I have had since I was 12 went away completely… I ate whatever I wanted while pregnant… My skin remained clear… Until I had my baby… Acne came back. I have been wheat free for about a week… My skin is actually worse… Could be the new make up, the fact that my period just came back… Oh hormones.

  28. Laura Morgan

    Thanks for writing the article.

    I have been wheat free for 7 months after trying to find a cure to my sons colic. It did nothing for the colic but it did wonders for my skin.

    My acne started when I was 18 . I was on Dianette for nearly 10 years which worked very well. However after I got married I came off Dianette as we wanted to start a family. 3 months after stopping the pill my skin was horrendous it was like 10 years worth of acne had stored up and came out in one go. My forehead was clear but my cheeks, jawline, neck, chest and back all broke out and was predominantly on the left side of my face.

    After my daughter was born I gave up dairy as I was breast feeding and disovered she was lactose intolerant. This cleared up my pustular spots on my back, neck, chest & face but was still left with cystic spots – huge lumps on my face under my skin which never came to anything but would last for weeks or sometimes months.

    I then fell pregnant again and gave up wheat in a bid to cure my sons colic. My skin is pretty much permanently clear now ( I still eat a lot of chocolate which is the cause of the minor spots I get now but am not willing to give it up!) I have tried the odd bit of bread or cake to test if wheat is definitely the cause and sure enough within 12 hours of eating wheat I have a massive spot.

    I had no idea about the connection between wheat and acne until I came across this blog. I even had a consultation with a dietician specialising in acne who didn’t mention wheat as a candidate for acne. (£120 badly spent!)

    I would say you have to give it 3 months of being wheat free to get true results as with anything skin related. If its not any better after 3 months try something else. Although you will see results after just one week.

    Thanks again for the blog.

  29. Breanne

    I used to struggle with acne on my face and back until I changed my diet. In high school I took birth control and it helped my skin ALOT, but I wasn’t comfortable with the known side effects of bc and stopped taking it. When my acne came back and started scaring my face I felt hopeless until I read a few articles like this one convinced me to try changing my diet. I cut out dairy, sugar, grains, and caffeine and started drinking plenty of water. I stopped wearing my foundation (which was hypo allergenic) and if I did need to wear it i made sure to wash it off as soon as possible. I stopped using certain leave hair products.. i wash my face twice a day with cetaphil for oilyprone skin and at night i use cethaphil oil control moisturizer.. i change my pillow case every few days.. this may seem like a lot but its what i have to do for my sensitive skin to look healthy and blemish free.

  30. Breanne

    Also I wanted to mention that now my diet consists of a lot of veggies, fruit, nuts, chicken, and meats.. Ok sweeten foods with xylatol and stevia and use coconut, avocado, olive, and grapeseed oil…

    • > … and grapeseed oil…

      You might want to reconsider that. That’s an adverse PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid), extremely high in Linoleic Omega 6, no Omega 3, and nothing else to offset the hazards. In particular, none of the anti-oxidants from the seeds survive the trip. The inflammatory properties of that oil are a known cardio risk, and could easily be a dermatology risk.

      Put it in the bin with the other seed oils for next week’s trash pickup (or use it for biodiesel in your VW TDI).