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Clearing up breakouts on back/shoulders?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM

So, I've heard a lot about paleo eating clearing up acne. But I'm curious, does anyone have any suggestions for homemade concoctions to treat acne with? Any sorts of body scrubs or masks would be greatly appreciated!

If there are any foods I should limit my intake of, or any I should eat a lot of in order to clear my skin, please share :)

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on November 14, 2011
at 11:46 PM

Holy...now even moving causes acne. WTH!

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on November 14, 2011
at 11:39 PM

No, I'm not on birth control, so I don't think that is it... /: But I had started breaking out worse after a family crisis that lead to my binging problems in the past, and it's pretty stubborn.. Doesn't really want to go away anymore.

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on November 14, 2011
at 10:14 PM

I also get some occasional spots on my shoulders from my backpack rubbing on them.

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Thank you all :) I am planning to go to the health bookstore in my area, so I'll see if I can find that! I have quite a list going of nutrition/health books racked up that. What is the auto-immune protocol?

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Seriously? I've never heard of that. I wonder if it can be caused by irritating material on clothing rubbing against your body? Because I have clear skin on my face and chest, just not on my back/shoulders where my clothes sit. Thanks for the info :)

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Supplementing fat-soluble vitamins (and cod liver oil) + selenium + following the auto-immune protocol cleared me up pretty well.

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:41 PM

Oh and there is also: Loren Cordain's book "The Dietary Cure for Acne" to peruse.

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:40 PM

definitely go through the search function using "acne" as your keyword, tons of good advice tucked in there, but this one in particular you might find good - read the comments as well as posters mentioned supplements/diet changes: http://paleohacks.com/questions/56157/my-cure-for-acne#axzz1dgr99kAG

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:32 PM

My dermatologist told me that the breakouts I had on my back and shoulders were from the same fungus that causes dandruff. She suggested washing my back and shoulders with Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. If you want to go more natural, you could try grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil (both of which you need to dilute) because they both have pretty powerful anti-fungal qualities. If you haven't already, try cutting out wheat and dairy, both of which can cause skin issues and may be contributing factors.

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Likely not the case for you, but look out for friction induced acne, such as wearing a backpack. Medical name is Acne Mechanica.

I get it bad when hiking.

3193ead7a301b741aafa193c4476edea

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on November 14, 2011
at 11:46 PM

Holy...now even moving causes acne. WTH!

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Seriously? I've never heard of that. I wonder if it can be caused by irritating material on clothing rubbing against your body? Because I have clear skin on my face and chest, just not on my back/shoulders where my clothes sit. Thanks for the info :)

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on November 14, 2011
at 10:14 PM

I also get some occasional spots on my shoulders from my backpack rubbing on them.

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:32 PM

Try reducing your dairy intake if you're not currently eating paleo. My dermatologist recommended this before I went paleo, and it helped clear up my skin significantly.

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:23 PM

A friend of mine used Dr. Perricone's skin protocol and another got off grains and dairy and his skin cleared right up. My brother has used lecithin, Omega's (high dose, and I'd stay away form fish and stick to krill, Udo's) and greens. It's DEFINITELY something going on inside, although external treatments do work well. I'm a hydro colon therapist and have noticed a vast improvement in some clients with acne. (Usually my adolescent clients) Wheat and dairy are the biggest culprits to avoid first. Gluten can stay in your system for up to 6 months, so sticking to it 100% is essential. Good luck! FB: Lindsay's Kitchen Workshop

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:11 PM

I had bad acne on my face back and shoulders for years. I cut out dairy (other than cooking with Kerrygold butter) and I am all cleared up. Might have pimple every once in a while, but that's it.

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Are you on birth control? A friend of mine has tried several different BCs that have made her break out on her back (even the copper IUD) before finding one that didn't. Did the breakouts start after you changed something about your life (diet, skincare routine, BC, stress levels, etc)?

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on November 14, 2011
at 11:39 PM

No, I'm not on birth control, so I don't think that is it... /: But I had started breaking out worse after a family crisis that lead to my binging problems in the past, and it's pretty stubborn.. Doesn't really want to go away anymore.

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