help! why is my skin worse after quitting dairy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 11, 2011 at 4:10 AM

Since puberty I have always had acne on my chin, around my mouth and sometimes on my forehead in the form of little white and black heads, not the big red pimples although I get those sometimes. The little puss filled blemishes NEVER go away or heal.

I decided to give up cheese and butter (the only dairy I eat) for a month to see if they'd finally go away. But it's been a week and a half and my skin is worse! I am getting zits in places on my face that I have never had them in my life like right in the middle of my cheek.

I haven't added any new foods but I'm eating a bit more meat, like maybe another oz or two a day. Does anyone know what is going on?



on August 13, 2011
at 11:39 AM

my acne got worse after i was on a certain medication but then they subdued after the first 2-3 weeks, give it time.



on August 13, 2011
at 04:44 AM

its related to the neurotransmitter changes from the dietary change. My next blog on Sunday gets to this topic. If you want to really diagnosis it.....get a DHEA level.....i bet is real low.



on August 11, 2011
at 05:03 AM

It would be easier to assist you if you listed exactly what you are eating on a day to day basis.

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on August 11, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Give your body at least 2 months to adapt, as someone else said things usually get a little worse as the body re-established metabolic order due to a diet change. You did not indicate how long you have been following paleo or to what extent, if you are still partaking in unhealthy food consider eliminating that as well, wheat, sugar, processed seed oils, etc. As the body heals it can excrete toxins in many ways and some do exit through the skin.


on August 11, 2011
at 04:21 AM

Without more info, my first thought is that it's incredibly common for things to get worse just before they get dramatically better...I would wait out the month if I were you...


on August 13, 2011
at 04:11 AM

Also have a look at the rest of your activity - has anything else there changed? Eg. are you training more/less, environment changed? Change of skin care products?

Good luck :)


on August 11, 2011
at 04:55 AM

Are you eating gluten? I found gluten to be the worst offender for acne in my experience. But, it did take 4 weeks to clear up. Not bad after a near lifetime of a new crop of pimples every single day. Hang in there! It gets better!



on August 11, 2011
at 04:30 AM

give it a couple more weeks. this early things are pretty unstable as your body adapts to the removal of the irritant.

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