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Skin changes since eating paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM

So, I'm a newb. I've been eating paleo for about 3 weeks now. I'm female, 29, with usually oily acne ridden skin. I try to eat balanced at every meal: protein, veg, fat and now and then a carb like sweet potato.

Anyway, at first my acne cleared up, it was almost totally gone. Now for the past week, my skin has gotten really dry and sensitive and acne is forming on my chin under the dry parts. Very weird. My body acne has remained cleared up. So I used to use face scrub and no creams because my face was so oily, now even rubbing it causes irritation. I'm not too upset about the dry thing because it's better than tons of acne... But why am I getting acne under the dry patches??

I use aveno sensitive face wash, say yes to cucumbers day lotion. And at night I still use my prescription vitamin A cream. I've layed off the scrubs.

PS: I drink tons of water, usually 8-12 full glasses a day, so I know lack of water is not the reason my skin is dry now.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Dermatologists will say that this "healing crisis" is the result of skin cell turnover, which is a healthy thing. Since Retin-A (vitamin A cream) is an exfoliant, it encourages new skin to grow while the old, plagued skin gets pushed to the surface, creating more breakouts before the new skin appears. Makes sense a skin-nourishing diet would have the same effect.

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on September 09, 2012
at 12:28 PM

Coconut oil and vitamin E are supposed to be good for skin, specifically dry patches...

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on September 09, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Do you wear make-up to cover the acne or because you like how it looks? If its for the former, you wont have to once it clears up... Maybe try a gentle make-up remover and a mild cleanser. I wera make up iccassionally, mostly mascara or the occassional bronzer and eye liner, and i still dont have to use anything too harsh... They more products you use to help get rid of the acne, the worse it is. Says my friend, a skin specialist.

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on September 06, 2012
at 11:03 PM

Oh, I'm so glad!Having skin problems is such a bummer.

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on September 06, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Great advice!! This is very helpful!

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

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on September 06, 2012
at 06:12 PM

this is also a good answer. if i'm not wearing any makeup.

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

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on September 06, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I've started washing my face with raw honey with peppermint oil and activated charcoal added (this was my homemade toothpaste!!) and I've gotten good results the past 2 days!!

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

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on September 06, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Lush is pretty pricy and all the face stuff I've tried hasn't been that great for me.

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

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on September 06, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I don't wear it everyday. But yes on the days I do, I really have to wash it off!

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on September 05, 2012
at 11:10 AM

Yet another good reason not to wear makeup every day!

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:30 PM

If you wear make-up every day, you HAVE to wash your face.

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on September 04, 2012
at 04:54 AM

i would add fruit back to the diet

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on September 04, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Try washing your face with raw honey. That's what I use, and it is amazing stuff. It is a gentle cleanser, has a moisturizing effect, and it is an mild antiseptic. If you want a serious antiseptic, use manuka honey, but I wouldn't dare! It's very strong.

Edited to add: you know that vitamin A cream is very drying, right? People with sensitive skin need to be cautious. Maybe use it every other night, or use less.

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on September 06, 2012
at 11:03 PM

Oh, I'm so glad!Having skin problems is such a bummer.

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

(60)

on September 06, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I've started washing my face with raw honey with peppermint oil and activated charcoal added (this was my homemade toothpaste!!) and I've gotten good results the past 2 days!!

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on September 05, 2012
at 03:56 AM

I would give it some time. Because of your dietary changes your skin now produces much less sebum. While that's good for your acne, it may take some time for your skin to adjust.

These kind of things happen often when you change something in your skin, for example switch to a new skin care regimen. My advice is to give it some time and see what happens.

Your skin is obviously irritated now, possibly because there's less oil to protect it. That irritation causes problems with the skin barrier function, and that can make it more vulnerable to acne. Yes, acne happens even in dry skin.

Those vitamin A creams can also irritate the skin, especially prescription creams.

Use some water-based moisturizer to protect the skin. That should help with irritation. You can also try applying some healthy oils on the skin. Obviously avoid harsh chemicals at this point.

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

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on September 06, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Great advice!! This is very helpful!

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on September 04, 2012
at 12:37 AM

i would take it even further...don't touch your face at all with the exception of cool water once or twice a day depending on how much you sweat.

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

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on September 06, 2012
at 06:12 PM

this is also a good answer. if i'm not wearing any makeup.

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on January 26, 2013
at 04:53 AM

You can remove makeup with a little oil - I use coconut or olive. Just rub it on, then wipe off with a damp cloth and rinse. I stick to water and sometimes a little oil on my previously excema/acne ridden skin. Looking great and feeling fantastic on paleo. Give it time.

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on October 03, 2012
at 08:52 PM

You said you were eating paleo for 3 weeks and had a break-out during week 4? This break-out is possibly related to your menstrual cycle. Your new diet may help your hormones and may diminish future break-outs, but expect that your hormone-cycle will always cause changes to your skin every month. You can help your skin by not using harsh cleansers - instead use lukewarm water and gently massage face with wet finger tips. Pat dry with soft towel. Use a light moisturizer in the morning only.

I hope this helps!

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on October 03, 2012
at 08:15 PM

I used to use Vitamin A cream. That stuff can contribute to dry, sensitive skin (notice the sun exposure warning on the tube?). Since changing up your diet has probably helped stabilize your hormones, your skin may naturally becoming better and the cream may be irritating it.

When I was in middle school I was on a cocktail of retin-A, clindamycin, and tetracycline. It didn't completely erased my acne, but it helped during the time in my life it was the absolute worst. All throughout high school and college my skin remained moderately broken out at all times. Today, my skin is completely clear. There wasn't one thing in particular that really got rid of it, but a combination of things:

January 2011 - Stopped using moisturizer and products containing salicylic acid. Skin started to clear a bit.

May 2011 - Stopped using commercial face wash. Began washing face with honey mixed with a natural exfoliant (leftover buckwheat flour usually). Skin cleared even more. Actually experienced two days in a row of clear skin. But I was still slightly broken out about 60% of the time.

September 2011 - Went gluten free and switched my carby breakfast out for daily eggs+veggies. More focus on fat and protein and less on carbs. Skin cleared even more. Breakouts limited to my jawline on a cyclical basis. Rarely anywhere else on my face.

September 2012 - Started taking cod liver oil (Twin Labs non-emulsified). Skin has been completely clear ever since.

These days, I wash my face with a mix of honey, espresso grounds, tea tree oil, and lavender essential oil. I never use a moisturizer because the face wash doesn't strip my skin's oils. I also don't wear as much makeup (both less concentrated on my face, and less frequently). I use Bare Minerals makeup because it doesn't irritate my skin.

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on October 03, 2012
at 06:58 PM

I seem to be having the same problem, Becca. I've always had oily skin, and while I had perfect skin as a teenager, I was plagued with adult acne in my 20's. (I'm now 37.) My skin has been behaving pretty well in the last few years, except for the occasional PMS-y chin blemish.

I've been eating paleo for 3 1/2 weeks, and a LOT of health issues are clearing up, but I'm getting some crazy zits all of a sudden. They're not little ones, either; they're more the under-the-skin bumpy ouchy cyst-type. ACK! I'm hoping that it's just a detox "healing crisis," as they say? Anyone else had this issue when they went paleo?

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Dermatologists will say that this "healing crisis" is the result of skin cell turnover, which is a healthy thing. Since Retin-A (vitamin A cream) is an exfoliant, it encourages new skin to grow while the old, plagued skin gets pushed to the surface, creating more breakouts before the new skin appears. Makes sense a skin-nourishing diet would have the same effect.

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on September 04, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Maybe try something natural from Lush or just some cold cream and a very mild non astringent toner. Not surprising that acne would form under dry skin since the skin cells aren't sloughing off. Maybe up your Omega 6?

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

(60)

on September 06, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Lush is pretty pricy and all the face stuff I've tried hasn't been that great for me.

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on September 04, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Maybe you should try not usuing anything, just a mild cleanser or anti-bacterial soap when you wash your body. You may be using too much stuff because your skin has balanced out. I hardly wash my face as much as i used to before the paleo diet. I get the occassional pimple, but my face is typically clear and even. If you are using too much stuff on it, it can get dried out. Maybe try sensitive skin baby wipes... I find they work well without drying when i cant wash my face.

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:30 PM

If you wear make-up every day, you HAVE to wash your face.

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on September 05, 2012
at 11:10 AM

Yet another good reason not to wear makeup every day!

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

(60)

on September 06, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I don't wear it everyday. But yes on the days I do, I really have to wash it off!

E5a6bfd9cdfaef445bbfaa548897738f

(106)

on September 09, 2012
at 12:28 PM

Coconut oil and vitamin E are supposed to be good for skin, specifically dry patches...

E5a6bfd9cdfaef445bbfaa548897738f

(106)

on September 09, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Do you wear make-up to cover the acne or because you like how it looks? If its for the former, you wont have to once it clears up... Maybe try a gentle make-up remover and a mild cleanser. I wera make up iccassionally, mostly mascara or the occassional bronzer and eye liner, and i still dont have to use anything too harsh... They more products you use to help get rid of the acne, the worse it is. Says my friend, a skin specialist.

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