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Do hunter-gatherers get acne?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 20, 2011 at 4:09 PM

My initial thought is that the premise of this article is entirely wrong (http://www.slate.com/id/2291519/, "The Human Skin Condition"). It reports that we develop acne because, evolutionarily speaking, we lost our hair, which left us with extra sebaceous exudates.

I'm thinking that acne, like acid reflux, is one of the many grain-derived conditions of modernity. But I accept that I could be wrong.

One way to test this would be to look at Hunter-Gatherers. Do they develop acne?

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on September 23, 2011
at 06:05 PM

did your skin get more oily after starting Paleo and adding more fats? My skin got extra oily form the increased fat intake and I am concerned as I associate it with androgen activity and acne prone skin.

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:34 PM

"stopped washing my face" really??? That's awesome! I already stopped washing my body to get more vitamin D absorbed, but I still washed my face in dead sea salt water + grapefruit extract. The only thing I'm gonna keep doing is use aloe vera or apple cider vinegar as a topical.

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on April 20, 2011
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I only use soap on my hands. Lately I just rinse. And moisturize with coconut oil. Same goes for hair. Hair suffered initially although maybe I was just hypersensitive. No one said anything. Now it looks better, in my opinion. Again, I've had no feedback (which is odd 'cause ex-wife comments on anything 'off' about me...).

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Upvoted for combo of good answer and very fine username

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Fact: my acne, for all intents and purposes, vanished once I adopted a Paleo-type diet and stopped washing my face.

So as far as I'm concerned, acne is pathological, a disease, a departure from normal physiology. I've had the odd zit now and again since Paleo, but no animal has flawless skin, no matter its diet, activity, hygiene, etc. Certainly, a zit once every other week is better than 15 at all times. It's probably worth noting that my skin is fairly oily on my face, certainly more so than it was after I would wash it. It's a "good" oily though; it looks nice and shiny, and it kind of exudes that "Mediterranean glow".

A quick google search showed that at least some hunter-gatherer tribes have been documented as not exhibiting any acne (Kitavans were the first result I saw). That's quite telling as well.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:34 PM

"stopped washing my face" really??? That's awesome! I already stopped washing my body to get more vitamin D absorbed, but I still washed my face in dead sea salt water + grapefruit extract. The only thing I'm gonna keep doing is use aloe vera or apple cider vinegar as a topical.

D7b01bbfd0b91a12c4aea43fb20adf15

(574)

on September 23, 2011
at 06:05 PM

did your skin get more oily after starting Paleo and adding more fats? My skin got extra oily form the increased fat intake and I am concerned as I associate it with androgen activity and acne prone skin.

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:23 PM

I will chime in here and echo becker's point: Once I stopped washing my face with traditional soaps and went paleo, my skin cleared up. If I have any deviation from paleo I break out. My daughter suffered from bad breakouts and once she went 85% paleo and started washing with...baking soda her face totally cleared up. I mean, she had the total teenage skin and her friends all ask her what she uses.

In my experience, I'll say that what we eat shows up on our face and grains do it to me as well as lack of sleep. Unfortunately, I can't directly answer your question, rather, just give you my personal experience.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Upvoted for combo of good answer and very fine username

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:26 PM

People give me the strangest looks and/or comments when I say I don't wash my face. I have always gotten compliments on my skin. I say, well, I run a wash cloth over my face in the shower, and no I don't buy expensive products to use. Paleo has actually made me look even better--better composition in my facial structure--not gaunt from underweight--even though I have a lower than average weight (5'4 and 117# approx)

1) In the last week while being introduced with my 14 year old daughter, a doctor, said, "oh, I thought you two were twins." I took that as a huge compliment, not sure what that says about my daughter...lol but I was very happy. (I was visiting my sister in the hospital when her dr was in the room)

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I only use soap on my hands. Lately I just rinse. And moisturize with coconut oil. Same goes for hair. Hair suffered initially although maybe I was just hypersensitive. No one said anything. Now it looks better, in my opinion. Again, I've had no feedback (which is odd 'cause ex-wife comments on anything 'off' about me...).

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