I am a bit hesitant in posting on here, because I don't want to be bombarded with a whole lot of advice. Not that the advice on here isn't good, just that if I get advice from one saying you should do this or you shouldn't do that, I end up getting confused on what I should be doing and not doing and then I start to feel guilty about everything I eat.
I started Paleo 2 months ago and in the last month have been very strict Paleo, all to try and clear my skin. By strict I mean, just meat and veg. No starchy veg, no fruit or nuts, no dairy etc. Literally just lots of fish, red meat, chicken, pork and vegetables namely broccoli, brussel sprouts, pumpkin, kale, lettuce, cucumber. No nightshades, no eggs. Basically I have seen not too many improvements with my skin. I mean it will start to clear up and then BAM massive breakout again and I feel like I am back to square one. I breakout mainly around the chin area, a little on the forehead and a little on the jawline, but my cheeks are really clear. I guess I should mention, I went off the contraceptive pill about 7 months ago after being on it for 7 years and yes it did help clear my skin and keep my periods regular. Now I have had not had a period since the withdrawal bleed coming off and my skin has gotten really bad. I expected all this and I know that it can take up to a year or longer to get my period back. Before going on the pill at 15, I had very irregular periods, in fact I probably only had one or two naturally. I wonder if my body never really went through puberty naturally, so now it is finally going through it now? DOes that even make sense? I also have been on and off antibiotics for my skin but stopped taking any western medicine about 3-4 months ago, so I think I have a lot of gut healing to do. Other things apart of my daily diet are bone broth (just started having a cup a day), Probiotic supplement, Zinc 50mg, vitamin c 1000mg and 1.4g of high quality fish oil. I think I am doing everything right, I probably stress about my skin too much, but it is really hard not to. I stress cause I'm breaking out and then I stress because I know I'm stressing and shouldn't be. ANyway, I am not really looking for any advice, because I can't really afford to add extra things into my diet. I already spend too much money on my skin as it is. I am just looking for moral support, maybe even reassurance that I'm not doing anything wrong. I don't know, it is just something that really upsets me, even when I feel like I am doing everything right and it feels like nothing is working frustrates me. Looking forward to hearing from you all, THANKS!
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on January 11, 2012
at 06:29 AM
Lets break this down Bec.
You have been eating Paleo for 2 months. Congratulations, diet looks great, welcome to the club!
You stopped 'western meds' (antibiotics) recently. Congratulations, long term AB use is simply not good. Your gut health will, in time, and care, return to a more 'normal' status and probably quite quickly. Mine did, after 2 years worth of anti-malarial antibiotics it didn't take long.
You stopped taking BC pills. Congratulations, you made a choice not to continue that medication for personal reasons and as long as they were the right reasons for you, then thats a good thing.
Im not good at acne, so someone else will have to hack that for you.
Regarding your period, from what you have stated, that sounds like something to look into with a Dr. When they put you on BC pills, they treated the 'symptom' but did not address the 'cause'. Once you learn the cause, you can address it directly. Your OB/GYN should be able to order the blood tests to get to the bottom of the issue, if not, find an endocrinologist.
Good Luck Bec
on January 11, 2012
at 01:41 PM
Hi, I don't think it is puberty. I think it your gut health, sorry.
This is what I would do if I were you (I know, another piece of advice, but just think about it). Use elimination diet. Start will consuming only those things that you know for sure do not cause you to break out. For me it was different kinds of cabbage. Then slowly add other foods, one at a time and see how your body feels. This is what I did, and guess what? I break out from eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk, salt, sugar, honey, nightshades, milk, butter, apples, onions and many other healthy foods. It will be different for you. but you have to listen to your body. So your goal should be to heal your digestive tract rather than to clear your skin. Once you take care of that, your skin will clear on its own.
on January 11, 2012
at 08:24 AM
Sounds to me like you're doing awesomely, and two months is still a pretty short time. I second all that Bill said.
I'm wondering if you have read about FODMAP. Doesn't require more money, it's about taking things out of the diet for gut healing. Broccoli is one of the things, I think. I've been trying to watch to see if it bothers me.
For me, iodine seems to be a trigger for breakouts. I had a (blissful) hysterectomy in 2007, but I kept my ovaries, so I still have the occasional bout of PMS, which includes extra awful acne. My skin actual develops a whole new quality, and that's how I know. It's entirely hormonal. But shellfish can bring on cysts in me. It's not consistent, and I love to eat it, so I keep trying. I have thyroid issues too, though, so I have a tricky relationship to iodine. Keep at it!
on January 11, 2012
at 06:19 AM
Hi, Bec! I'm sorry the skin thing is getting you down.
A couple things:
- Did you listen to Chris Kresser's podcast that talked about the connection between your gut and your skin and offers some advice on foods?
- Have you tried keeping a log of what you eat and how your skin is doing so you can look back and see if you notice any connections between certain foods and flare-ups? Or other connections, for that matter?
Hang in there!
EDIT: You might monitor the discussion on this thread about acne and CLO too.