Can I do anything except submit to my skin's yeast intolerance?
February 27, 2011 10:54 AM   Subscribe

I am on a self imposed yeast free diet after I realised it really triggers the seborrheic dermatitis-like condition that I have on parts of my face. Am I going to have to eat like this forever?

When I don't eat breads and drink alcohol the redness and itchiness is really reduced. Not totally gone, but barely traces left. I have had the condition for about eight years now since I was 13, and this recent discovery is the best treatment I have found after too much time messing around with ineffectual steroid creams that just treat the redness and not the underlying cause, amongst other products.

Yesterday I ate one sesame seed bun and today it is back in all the usual places, looking red and being pretty itchy. Fine, I learnt my lesson and won't eat the bread again, but is this really how it has to be for the rest of my life? I love pizza, I love bread, I love beers and wines. I feel sad that these delicious lovely things are going to have to be severly restricted if I want to have a not even great skin condition rather than terrible. Is this it? Is there some thing I can do to build tolerance in my body to eat these foods and my skin not go crazy? Or am I going to be yeast intolerant forever?
posted by tumples to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, I am also open to the idea that I am wrong about the yeast and it is something else that also happens to reside in yeasty foods. If you suspect my self diagnosis is wrong please let me know, maybe it is wheat or high glycemic foods?
posted by tumples at 10:56 AM on February 27, 2011

GIS dermatitis herpetiformis. It's a symptom of celiac. If your rash looks similar, you can get an active lesion cultured by a dermatologist.
posted by sugarfish at 11:00 AM on February 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

What works for me really well is washing my face twice or thrice a week with Selsun shampoo. I tried this based on my dermatologist's advice. Since then, I rarely use steriod creams on my face. I never changed my diet.
posted by hariya at 11:01 AM on February 27, 2011


My rash doesn't look like that, and when I google image seborrheic dermatitis (which I don't recommend) it is nowhere near as severe as those examples. It is like an underlying mild redness and the actual skin doesn't change much except become a little harder. If it isn't seb dem, it is still definitely a reaction to yeasty type foods.
posted by tumples at 11:11 AM on February 27, 2011

I've been on a low-starch diet for the past 5 years, because it's a trigger for my arthritis. It seemed impossible at first, but frankly, I was surprised at how quickly it became normal. This is straight-up classical conditioning: innocuous event (bread) plus negative event (pain) equals a strong association between the innocuous event and negative consequences.

In short: if you keep it up, your body will train you not to want bread and pizza. As for the beer and wine, this would be a great time to cultivate a taste for hard liquor... anything 80 proof or above should be yeast-free, even if it had yeast in it originally.
posted by vorfeed at 11:43 AM on February 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

Synalar is a steroid that works for me. But doctors look at me like I'm a reckless drug abuser when I tell them.
posted by Obscure Reference at 1:46 PM on February 27, 2011

Well, wheat and yeast often go together, and skin conditions are a part of celiac.

Have you been to the dermatologist? If it is seborrheic dermatitis, you can get medication for it. I have a relative who does just that. He puts the medication on and after a few days it goes away. Then you'll be able to eat what you want.
posted by sugarfish at 3:20 PM on February 27, 2011

I have Celiac Disease (man, do I start a lot of answers with that) and I also get skin like you describe, on my legs not on my face. When I get gluten though all my skin conditions worsen. All of them. My face breaks out like I was 16, I get these patches on my legs that are just like you describe, and I get Dermatitis Herpetiformis across my back and chest. Along with all the gastrointestinal complications and a whole host of other things. It's pretty awful.

I wouldn't rule out Celiac Disease if I were you. Get checked just in case.
posted by TooFewShoes at 4:31 PM on February 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

I have SD on my face and I keep it almost completely under control by washing my face with Nutrogena T-gel shampoo and making sure I get enough sleep. T=gel is expensive stuff, but worth it to me -- life without pizza and beer isn't worth living.

This was also on the advice of my dermatologist.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 4:52 PM on February 27, 2011

You might try going gluten-free. Gluten can do some wacky things to people. Yeast sensitivity is much less common than gluten sensitivity; at least 30% are gluten sensitive.
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 8:25 PM on March 1, 2011

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