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Meats other than grass-fed beef cause acne? Acne Troubleshooting!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2011 at 5:49 AM

My family and I just ate some steamed organic (yeh, not pastured, but still better than nothing) chicken together, which rarely happens now since they're not paleo. Immediately after the meal, I can already feel acne and itch flaring up, a feeling which I'm really used to since I have dealt with acne all my life. I remember when I used to eat SAD grains and rice, my face would itch like crazy even during eating. That's how I figured my acne is diet-related. Same thing happened a couple of weeks ago, when I ate some pork and also some chicken, both organic.

Basically, I thought my acne was caused by elevated blood sugar level initiated by grains and rice and such. Does poultry do that too, or am I missing something? I was on a no-grain "conventional nutrition" diet before I turned paleo, and I ate TONS of chicken back then, pretty much the only meat I ate, and got absolutely no acne. This really limits my options now. Does that mean grassfed beef is the only meat I can eat safely? I'm also confused as to why chicken becomes a cause now. My current diet consists of mainly three things:

  1. meat (95% of the time grassfed beef, with occasional poultry, I'm hunting for pastured ones, it's discouraging when even organic ones cause acne. I don't think pastured would be THAT much different.)

  2. random vegetables (I'm pretty sure they are not the cause of my acne, I even tried just eating the same thing for one week and nothing bad happened.)

  3. pastured butter (For fats. I'm a bit suspicious of butter, but I would be still clear if I stay on these three things strictly. I don't think butter in conjunction with poultry causes acne, because one time I ate chicken without butter, and still got acne immediately after. I don't know, maybe I'm missing something.)

Whenever number one is any meat besides grassfed beef, I get acne. I find this really strange. Is it the toxins poultry contain? If it is, then how come it didn't affect me when I was on the no-grain diet? Or am I missing something?

81d928b8614148c5a21de37041ceb84e

on March 27, 2012
at 05:41 PM

I'm on my own quest to clear up facial eruptions/acne which I seem to get pretty regularly (about one annoying sized pimple per week, usually in the same area). Did you do more troubleshooting and narrow down the cause to the o3/o6 balance in your diet? Very interested to see if I should target this as well.

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on January 12, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Do you eat fish and shellfish? Those (especially if wild) will be even better than grassfed beef in 3/6 balance and might be a way to test the omega hypothesis.

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on January 12, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Chicken and turkey are kinda high in n6 for meats. This might be your problem. I find that too much n6 (restaurants/salad dressings) gives me slight acne and rashes. Of course, high blood sugar does the same thing, so its hard to tease out.

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on January 12, 2011
at 06:46 AM

Your report of getting acne after eating conventional meats seems a bit anomalous, but theoretically it is possible if the meat has lots of omega 6.

I suggest first that you eliminate all dairy including butter and review how much carbohydrate you are getting from fruits and vegetables. Large quantities of carbs from fruit (especially dried fruit) and/or starchy vegetables could also trigger it.

You might want to supplement with fish oil to balance omega 6/3.

Also, icing down the inflamed area can prevent a pimple from forming.

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on July 14, 2013
at 12:11 PM

chicken made my hair grow and when i ate meat only the hair was not growing maybe me meat allergy?

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81d928b8614148c5a21de37041ceb84e

on March 27, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Andreas1125,

I'm on my own quest to clear up facial eruptions/acne which I seem to get pretty regularly (about one annoying sized pimple per week, usually in the same area). Did you do more troubleshooting and narrow down the cause to the o3/o6 balance in your diet?

Very interested to see if I should target this as well.

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on January 13, 2011
at 05:56 AM

Thank you everybody for all the contributions!

Apparently, o3-o6 balance is the only thing I overlooked. I do remember back then I used to take fish oil so maybe that's why. I'll start taking fish oil and see what happens.

81d928b8614148c5a21de37041ceb84e

on March 27, 2012
at 05:41 PM

I'm on my own quest to clear up facial eruptions/acne which I seem to get pretty regularly (about one annoying sized pimple per week, usually in the same area). Did you do more troubleshooting and narrow down the cause to the o3/o6 balance in your diet? Very interested to see if I should target this as well.

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on January 12, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Research on acne is inconclusive, but since it is a fatty formation I would bet that the balance of saturated to unsaturated fats, and/ or the balance between omega 3 (n3)and omega 6 (n6) acids are likely to play a major role on acne. Are you having enough omega 3 fats?

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on January 12, 2011
at 06:24 PM

I've read about people having reactions to non-grass-fed meats. Chickens are primarily eating grain, so perhaps that's what your skin is reacting to? Please keep me posted. I'm grappling with skin issues also and used to have that same itchy feeling. My symptoms are much improved now and I'm working on omitting fruit (as I'm addicted to the stuff) to combat the last of my acne.

Good luck.

Cara http://primroseandpaleo.wordpress.com

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on April 30, 2011
at 09:39 AM

I cant imagin carbohydrates from fruits lead to acne. Maybe fruits in combination to something. FRuits alone dont cause acne.

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