I've been strict Paleo for a while now and my acne breakouts have gone down a lot but there still not gone so what am I doing wrong? I don't even use any skin products except for the occasional natural shampoo and natural sunscreen when I have to. But even when I'm not using those my skin is so oily.
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My acne cleared up when I started, not only paleo, but:
- Cold showers (60 degrees F) for 5 - 10 min in the mornings
- 8oz of h2o six times a day
- watching my glucose spikes, if I need sweets I go for 86% or higher dark chocolate bars
- supplementing each morning with 5000 IU of vitamin D3 (which is actually a hormone, really), and 500mg L-glutiathone taken after healthy fats for breakfast (d3 is fat soluble)
PaleoGod, I had success by eliminating certain foods for periods of time and watching when my zits went away. It turns out that my trigger foods were seafood (including and especially seaweed), dairy products, and gluten.
Other common allergens to try eliminating are nuts, eggs, citrus fruits, and nightshades such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. It also can't hurt to watch out for glucose/insulin spikes, so if you're consuming lots of sugar, fruit, or carbs you may want to dial that back a bit.
It probably sounds daunting, but you'll want to work your way down that list starting with dairy. Remove each food for a minimum of 6 weeks before you work it back into your diet. Hopefully you'll find that one or more of these foods is the cause of your breakout.
Cold showers cold water face dunks and zinc take the zinc at night so you don't pee it out. If you eat something with sugar in it take cinnamon it will control your sugar spikes. I know cold showers sounds crazy but it really does work. if you think about it make sense your body is over making oil because you are taking it off with hot water.
For my self I had really really bad acne I had to go for laser treatment for my acne scars.They where so bad I went three times at that point of my life still having acne.
Since I gone paleo I don't wake up anymore with a zits on my face its weird as hell not waking up with acne anymore.
also have a 500 dollar acne led which I don't use anymore too LOL
I had bad bad acne.
Its all gone now. I fry everything in lard (home rendered from quality fat), ghee, cocunut oil...- never any oil, even mechanically pressed oil.
I eat as much meat, eggs, dairy, animal fats etc. as I like (preferably 100% from traditional farming techniques) and avoid everything made with the slightest bit of industrially processed vegetable oils. It takes vigilance! You have to be careful with extra virgin olive oil even in its raw state: its possible its fake and adulterated with toxic oil.
I avoid all fake vitamins - so when i see something like "fortified with vitamins and iron..." I steer well clear. I love marmite but its loaded with the stuff and I cannot eat it because of spots that appear without fail usually around my mouth.
If you do get zits from eating the wrong thing, I find kefir grains finely cut into a gel and applied topically to really help.
As wierd as it sounds and despite being bullied at school, acne taught me a huge amount about what I should be eating as well as developing my dietry intuition, and for that I'm extremely grateful.
Nothing beats fresh aloe vera juice. Buy a potted plant (if you don't have any growing near you), tear off a leaf (be careful of the thorns they're sharp), cut off a one-inch piece, open up the leaf, and spread the juice over your face and neck. I have a huge aloe vera plant growing in my backyard and I use it before I go to bed at night. Cleopatra also reportedly used aloe vera juice on her skin, and it's been used for thousands of years for people who want healthy skin. I strongly suggest you give it a whirl. P. S. If you have a picked open pimple, apply a little callendula gel (available in health food stores) to it and it will heal much faster
You could try washing your face with coconut oil and a pinch of backing soda! It has helped even my skin tone out. I thought it would make my skin oily but it hasn't. Make sure you towel dry to get all the oil off though. Hope this helps.
B5 is very effective at reducing excess secretion of oil from your skin. Some people say they take as much as 10g a day, but I only take 2-3g a day. B5 is pretty cheap, but the downside is that the effects disappear soon after you stop taking. It also has a very bitter taste, so I would recommend capping it if you buy a bulk powder.
If you're looking for a more permanent solution then accutane or retin-a is the way to go. I had horrible acne during puberty, all over my back and chest, and accutane got rid of it along with most of the acne on my face. However, as an adult, taking 2-3g of B5 a day, along with showers in the morning and evening, a changing of pillow cases frequently has kept me to one or two breakouts a month. Lactic acid peels have also been very helpful in reducing hyper-pigmentation.