coconut and chocolate causing acne and leaky gut?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I mean these both have phytic acid, and anti-nutrients...wouldn't they cause nutrient deficiencies, especially in those with acne?

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on November 29, 2012
at 09:27 PM

I have a sensitive skin on [the left side of] my face due to a moderate burning [via acids] a year ago; Acne is an after effect of this and was diagnose by a dermatologist. I ate 100g of Lindt 90% cocoa with 100g of pistachios all in one go last summer, and besides a nice tummy ache :D, I had a very bad breakout, oddly enough on the burnt part only. Only topical cortisone [elocon] was able to handle the spots and believe me, I am careful now to eat moderately chocolate [roughly 2x10g a day is fine with probiotics].

I mention that this experiment was done after I totally cut dairies [goat cheese and cow kerrygold butter] which helped a lot in reducing inflammation. Last week I had to fry my meals with kerrygold for 3 days and after each meal I had skin inflammations [acne or not]. I switched to coconut oil a quarter ago and nothing happens, even in unreasonable quantity :D !

I have not tried ghee yet.


on November 29, 2012
at 10:10 PM

You guys are right. I'm sure I have candia in my vagina eventhough it doesn't burn and a little on my tongue, and I feel the only way to really get rid of it is to never get it in the first place by having an extremely healthy gut, and by wiping it out wih antifungals if one does have it then rebuild their gut.

I stay away from dairy cause it deffo causes acne, but ghee and clarified butter, Coconut fats and natural animal fats are natural and helpful to the body. I really think acne just comes from a terrible gut and deficiencies caused by grains and most legumes with their nutrient leaching effects.

I am making potatoes of all kinds a staple in my diet with fruits, veggies, meats, and will refrain from pure cocoa powder for a while. It just smells good, I rarely have it.


on November 29, 2012
at 07:46 PM

If you're eating the regular kind of chocolate then you may experience some breakouts. The coconut oil on the other hand depends on the type you use. The extra virgin unrefined coconut oil is best because it comes with a lot of beneficial properties, especially for your digestive system. It actually helps with healing leaky gut because of its anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial attributes.

I'm not sure about coconut and acne because everyone is different. I know some people who swear by coconut oil clearing up their acne and others who swear it's the cause. What works for some may not work for others.



on November 29, 2012
at 07:29 PM

No. I happen to be allergic to coconut oil, especially the kind everybody seems to like- the minimally processed extra virgin stuff, which has the proteins that I am sensitive to in them. It causes a skin condition, but not acne. It is okay to eat it unless you start noticing scaling above your eyes. This is why I eat ghee instead. Ghee is probably better since milk fat is animal fat.

If you buy regular chocolate you probably will have an outbreak due to the soy lethicin they put in it.
You may want to stick to that one brand specially processed to be soy and gluten free (I think it is Enjoy Life Foods). They have a good tasting chocolate bar. Some of them don't have any bad ingredients, but say that they were processed in factories where there are bad ingredients- which implies there could be some contamination. These usually work for me.

Now, if you are completely screwed up, and your gut is really leaky, well you may experience some weirdness with these foods. But part of the idea is that your gut heals up and then you can eat some of them again.

The phytic acid thing is not really a problem unless you are getting a whole lot of it, like people who eat mostly beans, for instance.

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