GMO Skin Problems
According to Brown University, GMO foods are genetically modified plants or animals that have had foreign genes from other organisms added to their existing genes to give them new characteristics.
While they have several benefits to health and well being, they also present several potential draw backs, especially when it comes to skin care.
Other possible side effects of consuming GMO foods include:
- Organ damage
- Immune reactions
- Birth defects
- Accelerated aging
- Increased cancer risk
Here is how GMO foods could be the cause of your skin problems even though you may not know it.
Genetic modification often involves mixing or adding proteins that aren’t indigenous to the original plant or animal, causing new allergic reactions to the body when consumed. This commonly happens when proteins from an organism you are allergic to are added to another organism you aren’t allergic to, thereby prompting the same allergic reaction you would have experienced from consuming the first organism. Allergic reactions cause skin inflammations resulting in the formation of pimples rashes or triggering the onset of chronic acne.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition caused by inflammation. The most common form of eczema called atopic eczema is characterized by an “itch that rashes.” The word atopic means that the allergy is hereditary, which means that affected people get to know what foods and substances they are allergic to and learn avoid them with time. However, due to the introduction of foreign genes in certain foodstuffs you may end up unknowingly consuming food that contains the very proteins they are allergic to thus triggering the condition. Eczema is characterized by dry itchy and rashy skin. Severe forms of the condition can get the skin extremely irritated, leading to cracked, and oozing areas. Consuming GMO food with the allergens responsible for triggering the condition can cause intermittent flare ups and remission of these symptoms.
The Case of Morgellons Disease
Morgellons is a disease in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The affected individual feels like their skin is crawling, biting or tingling all over. A link has been established between Morgellons disease and GMO foods. During a research study, it was found that Morgellons sufferers tested for Agrobaterium tumefacien infestation. This bacterium is capable of transforming plants and animal genetically and is used in the production of some genetically modified organism that ends up as GMO food on our plates.
GMOs in Skin Care Products
Apart from foods, you could also be using skin care products derived from genetically modified organisms. For example, canola has been genetically altered to produce high levels of lauric acid, a key ingredient in detergents and soaps (this allows for reduced costs). Other examples include corn ill, soybeans, corn flour and proteins from lecithin and yeast.
The best way to protect your skin from GMO ingredients is to choose natural and organic products that do not have them. When shopping, go for products labelled as being “GMO free.” Fortunately, there is a non profit organisation (The non-GMO project) that offers third party testing and labelling for non-GMO foods and products, including body care products.
We all know that our diet, environment and lifestyle play a big role in the condition of our skin. Therefore, it should go without saying that only eating, and using, products free of GMOs is the best way to ensure our skin stays in top condition.
The unfortunate truth is that most of the products in our bathroom cabinets are likely to contain GMOs. In the U.S.A, the best way to ensure that your skincare products are free of GMOs is to look for products with the label “GMO-Free.”
Here are a few commonly used ingredients that tend to contain GMOs:
- Soybean oil
- Xanthan gum
- Vitamin E
- Amino acids
- Corn oil
- Corn flour
- Citric acid
- Lactic acid
- Vitamin C
By being aware of the products and ingredients that contain GMOs, we can expect to have a happier, healthier and longer life. Stick to natural food and skin products and you can avoid a whole host of skin conditions, including eczema and morgellons disease, as well as premature aging.
Effects of GMOs on Skin
GMOs, also known as genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals that have had their DNA altered by the genetics of another living species. A highly controversial subject throughout the world, GMOs are linked to various health ailments. Skin problems are some of the most highly reported symptoms of GMO consumption and can be manifested in various ways. Although rare, there have been links found between GMO foods and skin conditions like Vitiligo.
Here are some of the more common effects that GMOs can have on your skin.
The strain that consuming genetically modified foods places on our bodies has been proven to accelerate aging- both inside and out. Yes, excessive consumption of food products like corn and soy has been proven to lower your life expectancy.
As well as promoting diseases and cancers in your body, GMOs can physically manifest themselves in your face. People who have a diet consisting of genetically modified food products can expect to see lines and wrinkles on their faces earlier than those who eat organic, GMO-Free food.
GMO crops are highly toxic and can cause new allergies to occur in those who eat them. Over the years since GMOs were first introduced on the shelves of our supermarkets, there have been a rise in child allergies in The U.S.A. Between 1999 and 2013, a key time in GMO production, there was said to have been a 69% rise in the number of children with skin allergies.
These skin allergies can come in the form of hives, bumps, itching, rashes and redness.
One of the most common skin allergies is atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. Eczema is a skin condition in which dry, rough, red, bumpy patches appear on the surface of the skin. Sufferers report vast amounts of itchiness and discomfort, particularly in cold, dry temperatures.
Scientists have made a link between GMOs and eczema.
Because GMOs produce a lot of toxins in the body, this can sometimes cause the lungs to malfunction. When the lungs stop working properly, the skin needs to work harder to promote airflow in the body. This overworking of the skin can then result in eczema. There are ways you can detox your skin.
Keep in mind that there are ways you can actually help detox your skin if you are already suffering from the side effects. One way is to detoxify skin by removing impurities in a sauna. This not only helps your skin, but can also improve your mental well-being (Source: How to Beat Depression)