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Acne help!!!!

Answered on March 13, 2015
Created July 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Okay, I have had acne for YEARS now. I am really reaching the end of my rope. Currently the things that seem to help are paleo, of course, low fodmap, low insoluble fiber, and low carb. I now feel like almond butter and coconut oil are making me break out. I also want to cut out eggs, but I don't know what else to eat otherwise!! I know I should be eating more meat, but what if I can't afford/find the grass fed kind? I take supplements and drink ginger and peppermint tea everyday, as well as take ACV, all which seem to help. Yet I still have acne covering my face. HELP!!!!

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on July 26, 2014
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Thanks so much, I was actually taking potato starch for a while and don't know why I stopped! I've also read about this diet before but haven't been determined enough to stick to it. I'm going to give it my best shot, thank you!

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on March 13, 2015
at 12:58 AM

I'm not sure if you've tried tea tree oil before, but as of this week I've had quite the revelation.

Three days ago I absentmindedly picked up a sample of Tea Tree and E Antiseptic Creme by Derma E in a health food store. I thought, what the hell, I've tried everything else - but never tea tree oil. Since then, I've been using it morning and night. Suddenly, my skin is literally more clear than it's been in YEARS. I'm genuinely beside myself at the results. Paleo (even low FODMAPS) has been pretty much no help for me in the acne department. I started a bunch of supplements recently, but it's probably too soon for them to be making an impact.

Back story: I'm 23 years old. I had recurring acne as a teen. Not awful, but recurring. Always somewhere on my face. Since then, I've had really stubborn acne that only went away when I was on birth control for a few years. I went off it 2.5 years ago and my monthly acne came back - with a vengeance. I get blackheads on my nose, forehead, and cheeks, whiteheads on my chin, and clogged pores on my forehead. So much fun.

So, three days ago I started to wash my face with Dr. Bronner's 'baby mild' soap (bar) and then I slathered this creme on, morning and night. Super simple. After the first night sleeping with this creme on, I woke up with every existing pimple gone and no new ones in sight. Hard to believe, but true.

Thought I'd share. I wore out my samples so I went and bought a tub of it for about $15 in Canada. I really hope you try it out and that it??works for you, too. Check out the reviews of it online if you want to know more.

Warning - the smell is quite strong. Very herb-y. But I actually really like it.

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on July 23, 2014
at 06:43 AM

I'm here to help! You CAN kill your acne. Your story sounds a lot like mine and I believe you are on the right track, so keep reading.

I've been battling nasty pustular acne off-and-on for over 15 years now. The good news? It is 99% gone after 3 months on a special type of paleo. This type of paleo is meant to calm down the immune system. When you think about it, acne is an immune overreaction, isn't it? Normal people's immune systems don't call in the cavalry to kill an errant pathogen in their skin. But ours wage all-out war at the slightest provocation. This diet will stop that cycle and allow your skin to heal. I highly recommend buying the book by the blogger at that link. The information she gives on supplementation alone is worth the price.

One component of my cure that isn't covered at the above link is supplementation with soil-based probiotics and resistant starch. Learn about resistant starch here. Essentially, this starch passes through the stomach without being digested. It lands in the intestines where it is digested by our gut flora. As they digest the starch the gut flora produce byproducts that are powerful anti-inflammatories for the entire body. My acne really slowed down when I introduced this into my regimen. Not just any probiotic will do here. Stick with the brands the resistant starch blogger recommends. They cost a bit, but they are worth it.

This will seem daunting. I dragged my feet for weeks because I didn't want to give up even more foods in the beginning. But I am sooooo glad I did this. I didn't even realize how unwell I was before I started. It turns out acne is my canary in the coal mine and I had a lot of things going on I didn't even realize. If you have the funds, I highly suggest seeing a functional medicine doctor to guide you through the process of healing your gut.

Best of luck and feel free to ask if you have questions on the above.

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on July 26, 2014
at 05:53 PM

Thanks so much, I was actually taking potato starch for a while and don't know why I stopped! I've also read about this diet before but haven't been determined enough to stick to it. I'm going to give it my best shot, thank you!

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on July 27, 2014
at 12:41 AM

I used to have some nasty cystic acne back when I was vegan. It wrecked my confidence for years. Now my skin is crystal clear but I break out if I eat a lot of oily fish. Maybe limit polyunsaturated fat intake?

That said, it seems like you are very anxious about food and I hope you're eating enough. Becoming afraid of certain foods and micromanaging your diet can be very counterproductive, I learned that the hard way. If you're already low carb and you start eliminating healthy fat sources out of anxiety, you're probably restricting calories too much. You need to eat something to keep you going. Can you get grass-fed butter or ghee? If you can't afford grass-fed meat, you might opt for leaner cuts and then add in some more good fat like that. You could also add some healthy carbs like sweet potato, if you're not seeing much improvement on LC. Also, if eggs are a problem for you, have you tried the yolks alone?

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on July 26, 2014
at 11:48 PM

try to get more lemon juice in

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on July 23, 2014
at 11:05 AM

Hi aea!

Try just a simple oil for massage, better if you find an aurvedic oil. It always helps me. I sometimes have acne after sweating.

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on July 23, 2014
at 10:26 AM

The real issue people encounter with acne breakouts are worring about how they will look. If you have acne breakouts, get some medicine asap. You're supposed to not really eat chocolate too.

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on July 16, 2014
at 10:56 PM

Reduce inflammation, correct your gut, eliminate foods that you have intolerances to and address acne from the outside using products such as retinoids, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Supplements that have been proven to help with acne: Lactoferrin Saccharomyces Boulardii Zinc Green Tea Curcumin Probiotics Glutamine Good Luck.

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