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New to Paleo to treat Acne; also Breastfeeding

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Hi there,

I'm new to Paleo in an attempt to get my moderate hormonal acne under control. I've had it for almost 30 years (sigh) and have done 2 courses of Accutane in the past. I am currently breastfeeding (b/f) my 8 month old.

Since I am b/f, I am wondering if I can include sweet potatoes in my diet to get some carbs. In the book I read it said to avoid starchy tubers for the first 30 days but I don't feel I can go that low carb while b/f without compromising my milk supply. Should I eat them? And what about soaked steel cut oats for breakfast a couple times a week? Okay?

I'm very new to this and am trying to find my way. Is there any other advice specifically from acne sufferers - anything that worked well or didn't?

Thanks in advance!

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:07 AM

As for the nuts, that's something for you to try if removing dairy and fish don't work. I agree, it would be difficult, but worth trying if clear skin is something you really want. You could always use the coconut-based milk products instead of almond milk and coconut flour instead of almond flour.

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:01 AM

I've not read Cordain's work, but I know for sure fish and seaweed give me acne. I've tested it several times through the years with ocean fish, fresh water fish, seaweed alone, seaweed in conjunction with fish...you name it, I've tested it. Cordain is probably recommending fish and fish oil because it is high in omega 3s and is anti-inflammatory. As acne is an inflammatory condition, it follows that for most people, fish/fish oil would help with the acne, not hurt. But I'm not most people, and if dairy-free primal living doesn't help you, you might not be either.

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on March 19, 2013
at 06:32 PM

Thanks everyone else for their responses and advice. I'm a little confused though. I read "The Dietary Cure for Acne" by Cordain and it advised to eliminate dairy (which I have) and recommended fish, as well as to supplement with a fish oil capsule. It advised to approach nuts with caution. So, I'm confused about the fish and the fish oil supplement then. And as for the nuts, that'd would be hard to eliminate b/c I use almond milk and flour as substitutes. Lesley, can you clarify?

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:42 AM

Yes, eat tons of carbs. Eat white rice too if you like it.

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on March 19, 2013
at 12:47 AM

Which book are you talking about? It's completely fine to eat sweet potatoes. The idea that Paleo HAS to be low-carb is a total myth and it's really silly. I'd avoid the steel cut oats for several weeks, not because they're carbs, but because oats are a grain with all the associated problems. For healthy safe starches, eat all kinds of sweet potatoes, yams, squashes, and maybe some white rice if you're OK with it (rice is a grain but all the toxins are in the hull, so white rice is basically just pure carbohydrate: not very nutrient-dense but not toxic to most people either).

No advice on the acne, but good luck!

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:14 AM

I have cleared up my acne by using coconut oil as my moisturizer. I used to get horrible acne especially during my monthly cycle. Now if I feel like I'm breaking out I dab a little more oil on the spot and it seems to keep it pretty much under control. There maybe signs that it still there but its not all red and ugly and hurting.

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:36 AM

Welcome to Paleo, Monique! I was suffering terrible acne which disappeared after 2 months of paleo eating. Be sure to give it time! If you don't see an improvement after 2 months, try cutting out dairy and fish. Those are my triggers, along with gluten. Nuts are a fairly common trigger, as well, so if dairy and/or fish don't work, try nuts after that.

As for the oats, I recommend avoiding them for the reasons mentioned by other posters. Go for it with the squash, potatoes, rice, and quinoa, though!

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:01 AM

I've not read Cordain's work, but I know for sure fish and seaweed give me acne. I've tested it several times through the years with ocean fish, fresh water fish, seaweed alone, seaweed in conjunction with fish...you name it, I've tested it. Cordain is probably recommending fish and fish oil because it is high in omega 3s and is anti-inflammatory. As acne is an inflammatory condition, it follows that for most people, fish/fish oil would help with the acne, not hurt. But I'm not most people, and if dairy-free primal living doesn't help you, you might not be either.

Ebc157108e9b029a49d8c485796b1dc7

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on March 19, 2013
at 06:32 PM

Thanks everyone else for their responses and advice. I'm a little confused though. I read "The Dietary Cure for Acne" by Cordain and it advised to eliminate dairy (which I have) and recommended fish, as well as to supplement with a fish oil capsule. It advised to approach nuts with caution. So, I'm confused about the fish and the fish oil supplement then. And as for the nuts, that'd would be hard to eliminate b/c I use almond milk and flour as substitutes. Lesley, can you clarify?

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:07 AM

As for the nuts, that's something for you to try if removing dairy and fish don't work. I agree, it would be difficult, but worth trying if clear skin is something you really want. You could always use the coconut-based milk products instead of almond milk and coconut flour instead of almond flour.

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on March 19, 2013
at 03:17 AM

Yes, absolutely eat sweet potatoes! You can even throw in some white potatoes occasionally. It's hard to keep those calories up while breastfeeding (did it for 7 year myself). I wouldn't go anywhere near low carb while nursing an 8 month old, esp if your milk is still the main component of diet.

FWIW, totally eliminating dairy was the trick to clearing up my hormonal acne.

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