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Paleo diet and acne inversa

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Created August 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Has anybody had experience with acne inversa on the Paleo diet?

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:16 AM

I'm not sure for acne purposes, but I'm dairy intolerant and cannot eat butter or ghee, so yeah, it may well include them.

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on January 01, 2012
at 10:07 AM

@ben: do you tolerate beef?

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on October 09, 2011
at 06:23 AM

Nightshades include potatoes. Dairy includes butter but not ghee.

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on August 13, 2011
at 11:00 PM

While my intuition tells me that acne inversa (also known as hidradenitis suppurativa) is related to "regular" acne, the medical establishment is not clear. It can be a very severe and disabling condition, and is definitely worth investigating the link between foods.

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on August 13, 2011
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Completely avoiding milk products, nightshades, and eggs has given me clear skin. I was paleo for a while before going full auto immune style but I still got zits. I love eggs too but you get over it. I suppose you decode which is more important to you: clear skin or eating eggs.

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5f7be197c2973e0fdad93a8478211e9f

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on August 13, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Funny you should ask -- I am experimenting now. I have been paleo for 7 months, and am trying to correlate my occasional gluten exposure (some accidental, some not) with my breakouts. I suspect that there is a direct relationship, but I have not been very good at tracking them. I also have not gone a full 30 days without gluten exposure. That's my next task.

I'm also thinking that I should experiment with removing eggs and nightshades from my diet, but truthfully, that is most of what keeps me sane on paleo. I can't imagine breakfast without eggs, and I love peppers, so I am resisting this particular experiment.

Please let me know if you have any experience.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on August 13, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Completely avoiding milk products, nightshades, and eggs has given me clear skin. I was paleo for a while before going full auto immune style but I still got zits. I love eggs too but you get over it. I suppose you decode which is more important to you: clear skin or eating eggs.

5f7be197c2973e0fdad93a8478211e9f

(30)

on August 13, 2011
at 11:00 PM

While my intuition tells me that acne inversa (also known as hidradenitis suppurativa) is related to "regular" acne, the medical establishment is not clear. It can be a very severe and disabling condition, and is definitely worth investigating the link between foods.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on January 01, 2012
at 10:07 AM

@ben: do you tolerate beef?

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:15 AM

There's some discussion of this over at the Gluten Free and Beyond Forum. I think that this sort of condition could indicate a need for formal gluten testing. If you can document gluten sensitivity and or celiac it can come in very handy. For example, you ever need a gluten free medication or are hospitalized for an accident.

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on August 13, 2011
at 08:03 PM

So it seems like the general wisdom on paleo and acne also goes for paleo and acne inversa. Interesting.

I'm gluten-free, but I do eat potatoes, eggs and dairy. I don't think I have a problem with eggs, but it's hard to tell.

The only surefire way to find out what you can and cannot eat is with a strict elimination diet. 30 days nothing but meats and salad, perhaps some white rice or taro, then slowly start introducing foods over time and monitoring your response.

Anyways, does avoiding milk products include avoiding butter or ghee? And does avoiding nightshades include avoiding potatoes?

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on October 09, 2011
at 06:23 AM

Nightshades include potatoes. Dairy includes butter but not ghee.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:16 AM

I'm not sure for acne purposes, but I'm dairy intolerant and cannot eat butter or ghee, so yeah, it may well include them.

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