Common skin conditions such as eczema and acne have been associated with food intolerance. Scientists have theorized that when intolerances or sensitivities are the cause of these conditions the mast cells in the lower layer of skin are the problems. Certain factors are released when these mast cells break down, causing the surrounding capillaries to leak. This leakage leads to fluid pooling, swelling and inflammation. When the intolerant foods are eliminated, the skin becomes noticeably smoother with less dryness, flaking and irritation. Acne has also been shown to markedly improve once chronic inflammation is decreased.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers food sensitivity testing to her patients. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please call the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.