Acne and Food Intolerance after 3 months aip paleo. PLEASE HELP!!

Answered on November 07, 2017
Created March 10, 2017 at 1:47 AM


I've been strict AIP paleo for 3 months now. I went paleo in hopes to clear my acne and get healthy overall as I've been not able to tolerate so many foods I never had problems with in the past. After being strict AIP paleo for a month and seeing no results, I read that I should try very low carb. So I cut out the low GI fruits I was having and tubers. So I was eating..

-broccoli, zucchinni or cauliflower soup for BF with 1/2 avocado,

-big salad of greens(spinach, mixed greens, salmon or ground beef or chicken with other 1/2 of avocado mashed and mixed with a little EVVO and water to make a dressing) for lunch

- and roasted veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini roasted in coconut oil) with kraut and meat for dinner.

As well as taking a multivitamin and a probiotic and drinking kombucha a few times a week. This did not help with my inflammation or acne at all and actually caused me to develop severe insomnia getting 2-3 hours of sleep the last 2.5 months (annd Ive never had sleep problems before) and constipation. Also because my symptoms did not go away on strict AIP I don't know what is still causing the inflammation.

So I did some research and realized I have leaky gut and that I am insulin resistant. The number one suggestion was to make bone broth and have that. So I began to have bone broth along with same diet. After having a cup of broth I felt shaky, hot and nauseous. So I tried to make it with chicken bones, then beef bones and follow different recipes to the T but all had the same affect on me, leaving me with fever like symptoms. So I stopped having the broth which makes me sad because it's the number one suggested remedy for leaky gut. At the end of month 2 I couldn't deal with the constipation so I reintroduced sweet potato into my diet, 1 a day with dinner. Which really helped with constipation but not insomnia. All my symptoms are still present (inflammation, acne). I've been keeping a food diary and can't pinpoint anything becuase I cut out everything that makes me feel nauseous but something is still causing inflammation. I've been taking magnesium to help insomnia but it doesn't help.

I don't know what to do. 3 months in and I have headaches and feel tired all day because of the insomnia. No cheating on AIP for 3 months (not 1 cheat at all) and I'm still inflamed. Need to lose 20 pounds and I do HITT 4x/week for 30 minutes and walking on the other days with no weight loss. I am at a loss and very discouraged now and don't know what to do. How can I heal leaky gut if my body rejects the broth. Also I'm considering adding banana back in because prior to starting low carb,low GI AIP I had a banana a day in a green smoothie, a sweet potato a day and a few berries and no insomnia. But I'm conflicted because I know the banana is high sugar for insulin resistant and people dealing with inflammation. 

Please if any one can help me and give me some advice on what could be the problem, I would greatly appreciate it. 

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on April 03, 2017
at 10:29 AM

You may need to go low FODMAP. Broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, onions are all high FODMAP foods. You may be eating otherwise perfectly healthy but if you do have fodmap even small portions of high foodmap foods will cause inflammation.

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on November 07, 2017
at 11:59 AM

Acne is caused by a gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in oats, rye, barley and wheat. You could try going on a gluten free diet to see if your acne clears up.



on September 05, 2017
at 05:13 PM

If you don't feel well after ingesting bone broth, you might possibly have an intolerance to histamine. Bone broth is loaded with histamine. Many, many, foods and vegetables are loaded with histamine. High hstamine levels can also cause insomnia among many other symptoms.

One of the best ways to heal a leaky gut is by ingesting plelnty of fiber, various forms of fiber. When your digestive tract isn't getting enough fiber, the bacteria that populate your gut and digestive tract will EAT THE MUCOUS PROTECTIVE LAYER which coats your digestive tract, it's called MUCIN.  When your gut bacteria eat holes through this mucin barrier, you get a leaky gut.  If you aren't feeding your gut bacteria various forms of fiber in adequate amounts, then they will have to resort to eating your gut lining to stay alive.

On the acne, in my situation it seems to almost always be caused by a large spike in blood sugar.  For example, if I buy a honey bun at the gas station and only eat a third of it and finish the rest a few hours later then I'm fine. If I eat the entire thing all at once, there is a huge spike in blood sugar and I'll get a large cystic acne pimple somewhere on my body within a day or two.  It's like clockwork, if I don't spike my blood sugar in a drastic way my pimples are minimal.  Make it a point not so spike your blood sugar for a few weeks and see if there is improvement. Also,  wheat and oats will give me acne almost like clockwork. If I eat oatmeal I get pimples on my forehead almost everytime.


on August 29, 2017
at 01:02 AM

Wow! You sound exactly like me. All the diet experimentation is so exhausting. I've been trying so many different things, and I still don't know completely. I have noticed over the years, when I eat foods that are really easy for my body to digest my skin ends up looking okay. Things easy to digest meaning things really high in soluble fiber. Right now I am cutting out fruit and starting to rely mostly on sweet potatoes and it definitely is helping with my digestion and skin. I am recovering from a couple months on low carb, which made me constipated as well, HORRIBLE insomnia, and I didn't even lose any weight!!! It also made me so tired and almost depressed. Not cool. Felt much better mood wise when I added in carbs. Annoyingly it did work for my skin (not completely though), but I just couldn't take all those other effects. Maybe it was the increase in fat that was helping my skin? Idk! What I am doing now is sweet potatoes, broth made from chicken wings (cheap!), meat, cooked veggies, milk kefir and water kefir. For about a year, I did the starch solution, which worked for my digestion and kind of worked for my face, but eventually I just realized I needed fat for my brain, hormones, and skin. I'm just struggling with how much fat now that I'm also eating carbs?? Sorry if I'm not helping at all, but something I really feel is that if you are eating foods giving you constipation or diarrhea, your gut isn't going to heal! So one of the main things to do is make sure you are having really smooth digestion, and what works for me is a diet based on soluble fiber (so sweet potatoes for the AIP compatibilty), no fruit (so hard for me!!!), and well cooked low fodmap veggies. I don't know!! Not knowing what to eat is so hard!


Oh also! Every time I try to eat bananas, it messes up my stomach. Idk if it's just becuase they aren't perfectly ripe? I did try doing the whole raw fruit diet thing once, based mostly on bananas, and my skin looked the worst its ever looked in my entire life. It was horrible. So just an fyi on that one....

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