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Acne. Did anyone have MORE breakouts when first starting Paleo/Primal??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 26, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I have been breaking out a little more than normal the past week and I wanted to know if anyone experienced this when starting a Paleo or Low Carb way of eating. They are along my jawline and chin. I know this is typically hormonal related but could it be my body getting used to no sugar and carbs? Thanks!!!

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Meaning I DO see issues with either a lot of chocolate or sugary fruits like tons of mango and such or sometimes ice cream. Could just be processed sugars in general.

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I say fructose excess since I don't notice the same issues when I eat the same amount of carbs but they are from starches. I guess it could be other things causing that part of it. I don't know whether I have a history of fructose malabsorption.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I second what Ben says. The acne was reduced in a couple of days, then it got down to a point where it wouldn't improve anymore. K2 helped, then gelatin helped (gelatin made a big difference for me), now I'm trying out regular bone broth and calcium and it's working quite well at the moment. Still not very proud of my skin, but if I compare it to what it used to be, I understand why I keep eating this way.

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Are you sure fructose causes this? Any history of fructose malabsorption?

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Oh same here, neck and jawline. They are painful.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:12 PM

I just eat salilcylic acid (aspirin) now. Makes me damn warm and cozy, and I'm not overdosing at all (taking mini-portions).

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on October 29, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Yep- happened to me and my brother as well- cleared after a couple weeks. Probably detox is the consensus I've heard.

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on October 28, 2011
at 10:29 AM

True. I, again, have the same thing. for me it's only in the neck and on the jaw line. I don't know why..

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on October 27, 2011
at 01:48 PM

No to your question. But I want to share that after *years* of paleo with varying carb and n6 levels in my diet the *only* thing that has kept me absolutely zit-free has been since I started supplementing with 4-6000 IU Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 from Thorne (that would be the MK4 versio) available here: http://www.thorne.com/Products/Vitamins/prd~K170.jsp Seriously it has been a huge change in my life

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on October 27, 2011
at 01:01 PM

It is odd as it is on one side/area of my face. Right along my right side chin, side of face and kind of under my jaw line. I'm just hoping it is my hormones normalizing.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

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on October 27, 2011
at 01:00 PM

A piece of cheese here and there and some heavy cream in my coffee in the morning. But that is it.

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on October 27, 2011
at 11:44 AM

Do you eat dairy?

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on October 27, 2011
at 10:49 AM

Probable detox.

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on October 27, 2011
at 09:38 AM

Agreed. The more coconut oil the better.

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I think Jenn's right. If it doesn't drive you insane, try to give it at least a month or two. I wonder if it has something to do with the detoxification process, which I've read actually takes about a year (not that you should expect to have acne outbreaks for that whole time).

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:13 PM

I had more acne on paleo when eating nuts. Fruits didn't really help either.

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on October 27, 2011
at 06:19 PM

My acne definitely cleared up when I started Paleo. The effect was immediate. I attribute it to taking out the grains in my diet. Before, when I used to eat 200 g of carbs a day (mostly whole wheat bread and oatmeal), I would get at least 2 new pimples a week. Now, all of my friends are telling me how clear my skin looks.
Stress does play a factor (I'm a college student) and now I only get very small pimples maybe once a week but they go away really fast and don't become all red and painful like they were before.
For me, my skin regime is rinse my face in the morning using only water. At night, I use an Olay facial wash with salicylic acid in it (I know, not very Paleo, but it's been working great for me). And when I do get a pimple, I dab a little bit of the Proactiv mask on it. It really does reduce its size!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:12 PM

I just eat salilcylic acid (aspirin) now. Makes me damn warm and cozy, and I'm not overdosing at all (taking mini-portions).

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on October 26, 2011
at 06:07 PM

I don't know why, but the same thing happened to me. I cleared up in 3 weeks or maybe less.

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:09 PM

I actually had this happen to me as well. The first month I was constantly breaking out! It felt like I hadnt broken out that bad in years! I do not have acne, but I have also never really broken out at all. Once I started Paleo I was breaking out with a few on my chin, they seemed to never stop! About month three they just went away and now my skin feels better than ever! Stick with it! It will eventually even out.

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I think Jenn's right. If it doesn't drive you insane, try to give it at least a month or two. I wonder if it has something to do with the detoxification process, which I've read actually takes about a year (not that you should expect to have acne outbreaks for that whole time).

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:50 PM

I notice acne from two very distinct causes. The first is excess sugar/fructose consumption. The second is excess PUFA consumption, specifically omega 6 but either causes this for me. I actually started breaking out like crazy when I increased my fish oil intake.

My advice is to figure out how much sugar you are eating and how much PUFA you are eating. Reduce both of those as much as possible and see if anything changes.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on March 08, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Meaning I DO see issues with either a lot of chocolate or sugary fruits like tons of mango and such or sometimes ice cream. Could just be processed sugars in general.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 08, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Are you sure fructose causes this? Any history of fructose malabsorption?

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on March 08, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I say fructose excess since I don't notice the same issues when I eat the same amount of carbs but they are from starches. I guess it could be other things causing that part of it. I don't know whether I have a history of fructose malabsorption.

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:24 PM

This is currently happening to me. I think it's just the toxins being cleared away. You have to remember that your skin is an organ and your impurities come out of your skin, so I think it is the impurities coming out that my body is getting rid of. Mine are on my chin and jaw line too! It seems to be related to the diet considering it's in the same place for all of us! :) I figure it's the impurities in my skin and toxins in my skin coming out. I think it will go away as soon as it's done cleansing itself, but in the meantime I'm going to get a facewash with benzyl peroxide in it like proactive!

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on October 27, 2011
at 09:23 AM

It could be that your body is just reacting because things have changed, I have the same thing. Whenever I change things like eating habits or supplement intake I break out. If you have acne, it means that this is your weak spot in your body and will act up whenever something happens.

Ea36147178112f8793341ec7a01c531d

(102)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:01 PM

It is odd as it is on one side/area of my face. Right along my right side chin, side of face and kind of under my jaw line. I'm just hoping it is my hormones normalizing.

E85b330dc9619cf686fd17c9104c78a6

on October 28, 2011
at 10:29 AM

True. I, again, have the same thing. for me it's only in the neck and on the jaw line. I don't know why..

E40b32563baba703ee3d23998c849cd0

(55)

on March 08, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Oh same here, neck and jawline. They are painful.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 27, 2011
at 02:03 AM

I never break out when I eat plenty of saturated fat. I'm a big believer in blood type approach though. Not everyone should be Paleo............ When I did have acne it was caused by low saturated fat, grains and dairy.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 27, 2011
at 09:38 AM

Agreed. The more coconut oil the better.

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on October 26, 2011
at 07:08 PM

what!

I always here of acne immediately clearing up from Paleo. It did for me. I still get some, but it's always stress related and doesn't look so bad.

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