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Still having acne after 3 years of "Paleo" dieting. Advices please...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 19, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Before we dive into this mess, let's go over some background information of how I got to this point.

1.) I started to do paleo around 3 years ago. Started with Lacto-Paleo and stayed this way for a little bit less than a year. Overall my acne improved 95%, and I was very satisfied with the results back then. However, it stopped at 95% and I was consistently getting new pimples daily. Nothing severe, but still frustrating to have no progress.

2.) Dairy gave me eczema, so I decided to cut it out. I did this for a couple of months and the eczema went away relatively quick. No improvement on acne though, so I went cold turkey and did Zero-Carb. After a year, still no improvement. If anything, I've only became more sensitive to "non food" after these 2 years. I could even feel the effects instantly when I eat them.

3.) Back to regular Paleo approximately 8 months ago and I've been doing it ever since. Still, nothing changed. I'm consistently gaining new pimples every day. I would get bad acne if I eat problem foods. If I increase carbs intake to moderate/high, I break out like a mofo. Strange because I was still getting acne on Zero-Carb.

My acne is facial, chest, and back, so for sure I know it's internal. Problem is, it seems like nothing can fix it. Along with acne, I have a host of other problems(FUCK) like dry skin, goosebumps or chicken skin or whatever you call it, bad hair shred. I just don't look healthy, to put it bluntly. Also, I now get hungry really fast(because of carbs), which I absolutely despise. The biggest problem was constant diarrhea. BUT! Good news I finally have it under control after I incorporated gelatin into my diet 3 some months ago. I still get diarrhea maybe once or twice a week, but it's no longer as bad as it used to be. This leads me to believe maybe I have a leaky gut problem all along. BTW, just so you know, I'm still getting new pimples every day at more or less the same rate I did 3 years ago.

Is it possible that my remaining acne is related to the digestion/gut problem that I currently have? If so, is there anything I can add to speed the healing and the recuperation process? Just anything to look into. If not, what are some things I might have missed? Anybody who has dealt with a persistent acne problem, please offer some advice. Also, could my other problems(dry skin and bumps all over, seriously it just looks unnatural and unhealthy no matter how you look at it) be also related to it?

Sorry about this horribly composed post. English is not my specialty.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 08:05 PM

Try a very good therapeutic strength probiotic.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I really do not know what to say but I would look into GAPS if I were you.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on October 23, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I have done moderate carb, didn't help, low carb/intermittent fasting didn't help/ caused adrenal fatigue and now am ketogenic/eating when hungry. Face is awful!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:30 PM

There are different versions of Paleo. There is Primal, Low Carb, W. Price, Terry Wahls, GAPS, etc. When I went gluten-free, my health suffered - I have developed all kinds of problems (but I was very very sick, practically bed-ridden on SAD). When I went Paleo, it solved some of the issues, but not all. I was still not getting better. So if you have some particular health issues, they are better addressed with a specific version of Paleo. Maybe your old gut bacteria was dying off? Not sure.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:17 PM

How come I've eaten 100% Paleo for 2 years and my acne has worsened then?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:47 PM

I had the same experiences as Violet9. Primrose oil makes my skin very itchy.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Protein without sugar is extremely inflammatory for me (whenever I don't eat at least a ratio of 1:1 carbs vs protein I get eczema, veel extremely tired, ...). *And no, I didn't eat an astronomical amount of it.* Are you sure it was the sugar? I had gout in the past too, due to too many carbs, but it wasn't sugar, it was starch. What kind of fruit did you eat? Bananas trigger problems like crazy for me (it's in my top 3 of no-nos next to whey and bread).

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Sauerkraut is of course dairy-free, as is fermented kimchee, but I don't know how much of the bacteria survive. You could try commercial kombucha like GTs (they do contain sugar, so if you're super sensitive, be careful) for now, and eventually you might want to experiment with brewing your own water kefir or kombucha. I just ordered some water kefir grains and will update if they help.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:30 PM

If you have done a strict elimination diet for that long and have not improved, and you haven't had lots of probiotics or fermented foods, it's possible your gut flora is really in bad shape. If you tolerate coconut milk, you can have coconut milk kefir, which is sold at Whole Foods. It has some additives that aren't super-paleo, but I think the bacteria are really important. You could also try dairy kefir - I've experimented a little with goat milk kefir and didn't notice any additional break-outs, but I wasn't clear at the time, so I can't say for certain.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:50 PM

I still have a little bit D3/K2 supplement from Thorne left. I took it every once in while but never consistently. Should I order the pure D3 or should I pay attention to the synergy(you know D3-K2-A)?

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Sugar causes gout flareups. I did fruit around maybe 7 months ago, and I got pretty bad gout. And no, I didn't eat an astronomical amount of it. I guess I'm just very sensitive to it. Plus, I don't like the taste of fruit. Liver might help, however, I did ate liver regularly a while ago, and I found it to be very inflammatory. I could feel it as I kept eating. Perhaps protein level has something to do with it? I'm not sure, maybe that explains why I was still getting acne when I was zero carbing...

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Again, might work for facial skin, but like I said, I also have body acne. My face is still extremely irritated and in poor condition after the years of topical product treatment prior to dieting. I don't think I'm going to put anything on my face any time soon.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:37 PM

It seems like I'm doing pretty much the same thing except the probiotic part. Thank you. I'll see if I can incorporate some things into my routine.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Right now, I seem to get diarrhea if I eat too much carbs/vegetables. I have to limit that to around 1-2 cups. And no, I don't eat any nut or fruit at all. Sugar gave me gout flareups so definitely no fruit. I don't eat eggs either. Also, no soap at all for several years now. Strange, I'm experiencing the opposite. The areas where I used to wash with soap is covered in bumps and chicken skin now. Kombucha sounds intimidating. I'll look into it though. Is kefir okay or is the dairy still a problem? Vitamin D sounds reasonable...

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I don't think that would help my back and chest acne to be honest. Pretty much all the external ways you can think of, I've already done it.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:23 PM

I'm already doing this for over 5 years now. Didn't helped back then and still not helping me now.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Will do. Any recommendations as to what fermented foods I should include?

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 19, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Evening primrose oil always made my acne worse. D seems to help.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 09:37 AM

I second the vitamin A and D, but definitely not the cod liver oil. That stuff killed my libido.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on April 19, 2012
at 09:29 AM

It is still a good place to start for most people. Getting the basics right is important! Then fermented cod liver oil to get enough vitamin A and D could definitely help too!

4d19018c899ad4e4c8a8bff5515449e1

(242)

on April 19, 2012
at 09:21 AM

I was going to say retinol too. I have psoriasis in patches and get acne if my face gets too irritated and retinol has really really helped. I make a liver pate.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 08:45 AM

If one should take supplements against acne, it should be fat-soluble vitamins and maybe aspirin. Loren Cordain's take on acne is a bit too simplistic if you ask me.

Af3e3615beba642bcafd0f21d64d74f7

on April 19, 2012
at 07:23 AM

^agree with vitD experimentation

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 19, 2012
at 06:46 AM

Re: D3 get your blood levels checked before you start heavy supplementation. You aren't likely to cause acute issues but D levels up around 95 isn't doing your body any favor.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on April 19, 2012
at 06:08 AM

Try supplementing with Vitamin D3. Start out with 5000 IU/day. If you don't notice a difference, increase it to maybe 8000 IU/day. That worked for me.

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

(1646)

on April 19, 2012
at 05:56 AM

There's absolutely nothing wrong with your English. You were clear, concise where needed, and injected quite a bit of humor into the mix. If only most of the native English speakers I deal with daily were so coherent...

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 19, 2012
at 07:54 PM

I am not qualified to give any professional advice by any means, but neither anybody else here. Please remember - one hundred people will give you one hundred different opinions. What worked for them might or might not work for you. Try and see for yourself. If something does not feel right - do not do it. Everybody is different. And I mean: every BODY is different.

I have worked with many teenagers and all of them can be divided into two broad categories: the ones with acne and the ones without. Every time I saw a person with clear skin, I would ask them what they eat. Every time I saw people with acne, I would watch their diet.

Kids who ate right 100% of the time had clear skin. Kids who ate junk food (even occasionally) had break outs.

I had one girl who had a terrible acne. I asked her what she was eating. She told me she ate very healthy and she never ate any junk food. Later I saw her gobbling up pizza, while drinking coke and there was a piece of brownie on the table waiting for her. I asked her why she told me she never had any junk food. Her answer was: "I only get one treat per day. And pizza is actually healthy, it has vegetables."

I am blessed with having flawless skin. However, right before I get my period, I get pimples on my chin. Every time I get constipated, I get pimples on my forehead. What doe is tell you?

My guess: your acne has nothing to do with your skin. It is all about your health. If you get healthier, your skin problem will go away as well.

So how to get healthier?

I am 100% positive that your acne has something to do with your gut health. Again, you should only follow advice that you are comfortable with. This is what I would do:

  1. Remove any traces of gluten from your life: toothpaste, deodorants, facial cream, anything. NO GRAINS, NO LEGUMES. REDUCE YOUR CARB INTAKE - no fruit, no artificial sweeteners.

  2. BONE BROTH as much as possible.

  3. I would go on elimination diet. Start with the basic - eliminate most of the foods. Just have some basic vegetables (green leafy, cabbage family, onions, carrots, red cabbage or purple onions). Eat grass-fed meets, bone broth and fish. Nothing else. Eliminate any foods that even remotely can irritate your gut. Good job on not eating nuts.

  4. If elimination diet does not work, find a way to have more probiotics either in your food or find a good probiotic supplement. Nance recommends water kefir. WATER KEFIR is dairy free. It has some sugar and fruit, but you don't have to eat the fruit.

  5. Fermented foods - plenty of them. Therapeutic strength probiotics from your refrigerated section.

  6. Absolutely no dairy in any shape or form.

  7. If everything else fails try Hair, Skin and Nails by GNC. I know, I know, I am against supplements myself but... they really helped me when I was eating gluten - they stopped my hair loss.

The key is to get your gut healthy so you can absorb a maximum amount of nutrients that your body needs to maintain healthy skin.


I agree with another person - don't use any moisturizers or creams. Less is more.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:17 PM

How come I've eaten 100% Paleo for 2 years and my acne has worsened then?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I really do not know what to say but I would look into GAPS if I were you.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:30 PM

There are different versions of Paleo. There is Primal, Low Carb, W. Price, Terry Wahls, GAPS, etc. When I went gluten-free, my health suffered - I have developed all kinds of problems (but I was very very sick, practically bed-ridden on SAD). When I went Paleo, it solved some of the issues, but not all. I was still not getting better. So if you have some particular health issues, they are better addressed with a specific version of Paleo. Maybe your old gut bacteria was dying off? Not sure.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on October 23, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I have done moderate carb, didn't help, low carb/intermittent fasting didn't help/ caused adrenal fatigue and now am ketogenic/eating when hungry. Face is awful!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 08:05 PM

Try a very good therapeutic strength probiotic.

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793d5410141153932ed5654382a41730

(213)

on April 19, 2012
at 03:13 PM

I had this SAME problem. Went gluten-free then paleo and acne cleared up a bit but not all the way. I had to stop eating out at restaurants which also helped. Then I read somewhere on these forums about Zinc supplements and acne and decided to go to the drugstore to buy some. Cod liver oil was on sale so I grabbed that as well (I remember having read about it somewhere too). Honestly, I didn't expect it to work since I always fall for those "quick fixes" but this REALLY helped. Like, right away!

I'm currently reading this book about coconut cures and it suggested using virgin coconut oil for skin problems. I've been rubbing it on my face for 3 days now and I can't believe how much it has improved my pores and "bumps" or whatever they are called. You also mentioned the dry skin. I've been rubbing this virgin coconut oil on my elbows, knees, and feet and it's honestly the best moisturizer I've ever used. And I've spent hundreds on all kinds of name brand, "natural", drugstore kinds of lotions and creams. Don't waste your time or money with face washes and other creams. Personally I only use water and then I take a cotton ball and dip that in a little coconut oil and wipe my face with it. You probably already have virgin coconut oil at home so give it a try!

2
61e40eeb1c480f9f6bd4e899024ac627

on April 19, 2012
at 01:42 PM

I suspect that there is definately something internal going on, likely a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Definately get your levels checked, or at the very least plug your food intake into a tool like FitDay to find out if you're consistently low on any particular nutrient. It does sound as though you have leaky gut, but I'm not a doctor...

As for the acne- I've had quite clear skin since going Primal with the exception of the occasional hormonal pimple. What worked for me: cutting out soap and shampoo (using water only on my skin) and a twice daily honey wash on my face. Make sure that it is pure honey- some brands have HFCS added (eewww...). I just use a few mLs and rub it into my face with a little water to help it spread across my skin. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes then rinse with warm water and blot dry. The results have been fabulous, and I never need makeup anymore!

Additionally, my husband has noticed the same result as Violet after removing soap from his grooming regimen. That and sun exposure and stress reduction has gotten rid of his keratosis pilaris on his arms.

Best of luck!

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 19, 2012
at 01:09 PM

That's great that gelatin seems to be helping you. Do you notice a correlation between diarrhea and any particular food? Your gut may not be totally healed yet.

Are you eating nuts? I've noticed I get most of my break-outs after eating nuts or fruit, especially high-fructose fruit. Nuts are a really common allergen. I'd try eliminating them and see what happens.

Are you eating lots of egg whites? Those can irritate the stomach and some develop an intolerance to them.

I second Annamalia's suggestion about fermented foods. I've noticed on days after eating a lot of sauerkraut or drinking lots of kombucha that my skin has a really nice glow to it. Kombucha seems to work more than sauerkraut.

Also, do you use soap? I had pretty bad keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) on my arms too, for years, and I always washed the area with extra soap. Once I stopped using soap, my arms became smooth. If you have dry skin, soap and other drying topical agents might really be working against you.

My skin is finally turning around lately (fingers crossed it stays like this). I upped my Vitamin D supplementation to 8000 IU a day, stopped using soap, started moisturizing regularly with argan oil, and tried to avoid stress. For what it's worth, I started avoiding nuts a month ago and only now does my skin look pretty good... still have a few healing marks on my face but other than that I'm clear. Hang in there! You will get to the bottom of this.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Sauerkraut is of course dairy-free, as is fermented kimchee, but I don't know how much of the bacteria survive. You could try commercial kombucha like GTs (they do contain sugar, so if you're super sensitive, be careful) for now, and eventually you might want to experiment with brewing your own water kefir or kombucha. I just ordered some water kefir grains and will update if they help.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Right now, I seem to get diarrhea if I eat too much carbs/vegetables. I have to limit that to around 1-2 cups. And no, I don't eat any nut or fruit at all. Sugar gave me gout flareups so definitely no fruit. I don't eat eggs either. Also, no soap at all for several years now. Strange, I'm experiencing the opposite. The areas where I used to wash with soap is covered in bumps and chicken skin now. Kombucha sounds intimidating. I'll look into it though. Is kefir okay or is the dairy still a problem? Vitamin D sounds reasonable...

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:30 PM

If you have done a strict elimination diet for that long and have not improved, and you haven't had lots of probiotics or fermented foods, it's possible your gut flora is really in bad shape. If you tolerate coconut milk, you can have coconut milk kefir, which is sold at Whole Foods. It has some additives that aren't super-paleo, but I think the bacteria are really important. You could also try dairy kefir - I've experimented a little with goat milk kefir and didn't notice any additional break-outs, but I wasn't clear at the time, so I can't say for certain.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 08:52 AM

Fat-soluble vitamins, aspirin and niacinamide are the only supplements I find effective against acne. Other supplements often are allergenic or contain questionable ingredients.

Dairy and sugar cause acne, yes. The question is if it really is a bad thing. Have you ever tried increasing quality dairy and sugar (preferably fruit) while supplementing retinol (or eating liver & oysters)?

Keep in mind that too much retinol is just as bad as too little.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Sugar causes gout flareups. I did fruit around maybe 7 months ago, and I got pretty bad gout. And no, I didn't eat an astronomical amount of it. I guess I'm just very sensitive to it. Plus, I don't like the taste of fruit. Liver might help, however, I did ate liver regularly a while ago, and I found it to be very inflammatory. I could feel it as I kept eating. Perhaps protein level has something to do with it? I'm not sure, maybe that explains why I was still getting acne when I was zero carbing...

4d19018c899ad4e4c8a8bff5515449e1

(242)

on April 19, 2012
at 09:21 AM

I was going to say retinol too. I have psoriasis in patches and get acne if my face gets too irritated and retinol has really really helped. I make a liver pate.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Protein without sugar is extremely inflammatory for me (whenever I don't eat at least a ratio of 1:1 carbs vs protein I get eczema, veel extremely tired, ...). *And no, I didn't eat an astronomical amount of it.* Are you sure it was the sugar? I had gout in the past too, due to too many carbs, but it wasn't sugar, it was starch. What kind of fruit did you eat? Bananas trigger problems like crazy for me (it's in my top 3 of no-nos next to whey and bread).

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E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on April 19, 2012
at 08:31 AM

Have you tried supplementing with GLA? This is taken directly from one of Robb Wolf's podcast.

still-having-acne-after-3-years-of-

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on April 19, 2012
at 09:29 AM

It is still a good place to start for most people. Getting the basics right is important! Then fermented cod liver oil to get enough vitamin A and D could definitely help too!

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 19, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Evening primrose oil always made my acne worse. D seems to help.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 08:45 AM

If one should take supplements against acne, it should be fat-soluble vitamins and maybe aspirin. Loren Cordain's take on acne is a bit too simplistic if you ask me.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 04:47 PM

I had the same experiences as Violet9. Primrose oil makes my skin very itchy.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 19, 2012
at 09:37 AM

I second the vitamin A and D, but definitely not the cod liver oil. That stuff killed my libido.

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9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

on June 06, 2012
at 02:37 AM

My story somewhat mirrors yours and some of the other responders. I started paleo (more or less) a little over a year ago and saw 90% or so improvement within the first few months.

The biggest change that I've made that has helped my skin since going paleo (more lacto-paleo than paleo most of the time) has been not using soap. Hell, I think the last time I even stepped into the shower at home was more than two weeks ago. I have rinsed off in a shower at the Y with no soap maybe 1 to 3 times a week for the past month - that's it. Your body makes oil for a reason, and to wash it off with soap day in and day out is fundamentally absurd when you follow a Paleolithic diet.

The second biggest change I've noticed is from drinking 1-2 Monster energy drinks a day for a week (heretic, I know). A month ago I was adjusting to working full time in the summer after the semester was over, so I kept buying Monsters at the gas station like someone had a gun to my head. They definitely helped me stay awake and productive, but I noticed my acne disappearing instead of flaring up as one would expect. I saw that they contained Taurine, so I went crazy and bought a few cases of Lo-carb Monsters and ordered some Taurine supplement powder. Taurine is only found in meat, and cooking destroys most of it. We're supposed to be able to make our own, but that depends on many other factors. Plus, if we can truly make enough of it then it shouldn't have any effect in an energy drink, right?

I've only just now phased-out the energy drinks and done just the powder, so we'll see if it is indeed taurine that did the trick for me. It is cheap as dirt compared to most vitamins/supplements, so I'd give it a try. At least read up on it, because it is one of the most used amino acids in your entire body. I've also got some MSM powder that I'm trying, because sulphur is one component of taurine and it might help my own production.

While sugar may be somehow linked to acne I now firmly believe that all sugar is not created equal. I can eat half a 2-pound bag of frozen blueberries over the course of 3-4 hours and not break out, but a single soda or sugary alcoholic beverage will have an effect the very next day. There are just too many confounding variables to consider. I have also put myself into ketosis with less than 30g carbs daily and found it helped only a small amount. I think certain mostly-starch fruits like bananas are more trouble than most, but berries are good no matter how many you eat (of the wild bloodline). Plus if you eat them with leafy greens (thawed frozen wild blueberries = best salad dressing ever) you will absorb them even slower.

Best of luck in your endeavors. It seems all us afflicted folk are doomed to do the work of doctors and nutritionists until we figure it out on our own.

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Medium avatar

(2301)

on April 19, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Are you eating a lot of chocolate? I found a thread on here where a bunch of people were having problems with acne because of chocolate, and I think it might be the root of my own problems.

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Fb10cf8e5dbac271762e13721181d5dc

(453)

on April 19, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Leaky gut sounds like a definite possibility. GAPS is hard but may be worth a try if you suspect that; I've only heard good things about its effects on skin problems. I haven't tried it yet but I plan to, as a more permanent solution than tedious topical treatments. I've never been able to keep those up long-term.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:37 PM

It seems like I'm doing pretty much the same thing except the probiotic part. Thank you. I'll see if I can incorporate some things into my routine.

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A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

on April 19, 2012
at 11:20 AM

I sometimes supplement with zinc and probiotics. Try to include oysters and fermented food regularly.

A healthy gut flora is said to be very important for your immune system and (therefore) can improve your skin. I never had acne but the few pimples I sometimes get seem to vanish when I include those foods/supplements.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Will do. Any recommendations as to what fermented foods I should include?

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0928f1d88f87129deb0e89ad652bd83d

(20)

on April 19, 2012
at 10:33 AM

When washing, try to eliminate soaps and use just pure water.

A8c660280dd36a163a9153bfb8034efc

(105)

on April 19, 2012
at 02:23 PM

I'm already doing this for over 5 years now. Didn't helped back then and still not helping me now.

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4d19018c899ad4e4c8a8bff5515449e1

on April 19, 2012
at 09:31 AM

Also you should try putting glycolic acid on your face as a mask for a few min. I am not suggesting an intense chemical peel, but puree pumpkin has it. It seems in my experience dairy and sugar do wonders for my skin, which is sensitive and easily irritated. Milk and yogurt have lactic acid and brown sugar makes great scrubs. Here are some thinks containing alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids; salycic acid(aspirin), sugar, yogurt and milk, pumpkin, papaya, citris, and pumpkin.

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on April 19, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Again, might work for facial skin, but like I said, I also have body acne. My face is still extremely irritated and in poor condition after the years of topical product treatment prior to dieting. I don't think I'm going to put anything on my face any time soon.

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on September 03, 2012
at 10:14 AM

Acne, dry skin, burning eyes, keratosis pilaris/chicken skin. Those were/are my problems; Vitamin A deficiency. I was scarfing down tons of carrots every day for the "Vitamin A", it did nothing and I got sick of them. The conversion of beta-carotenes is extremely inefficient and will not raise serum levels of retinol in an already deficient individual (google this, there are studies done). So I went for the real deal.

2.5 weeks ago I started eating animal liver (pork, but will try others) ~5 oz. twice a week (~60000IU/wk), it's changing my life. My face was like sandpaper, now it's smoothing out, I can almost scrape away the keratin plugs, the KP on the back of my arms is becoming smoother all the time and I have new hair growing there. I can now see so well at night it's like I have NV goggles and my eye problems have almost all entirely gone away.

Don't listen to the FDA and their BS on how Vitamin A is toxic at >10000IU. WAPF says indigenous tribes ate up to 50000IU per day, and if you start to get headaches or joint pain you can easily cut back a week or two. But I've had none of that happen.

Forming of new acne is far, far slower (I haven't had anything new in a week) but I've not been on paleo long enough to see if it will go away fully - I truly hope so. In any case someone who sees me now for the first time could never tell I had acne.

Not to mention liver is a superfood because it contains so many important nutrients in great amounts and is pretty much dirt cheap, it really should play a vital role in anyone's diet.

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on July 21, 2012
at 01:26 PM

I had acne for my life, with very unhealthy look like you It improved a lot cutting off sugar and carbo,diary, and by taking opti zinc. But my life changed and my skin became stronger and so my hair and nails, only when I started to take fiber.phsillium, Malva glaucomano.it is the only thing in my all life with acne I am 45,that has improved the quality of my skin, the color the and give me an healthy look.i still have some acne but the aver all condition of the skin is so good that it is difficult to notice it. Try it.hope this can help you

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on June 06, 2012
at 07:20 AM

Diet is just a part of the problem/solution for acne. During the 5-6 years I've been advicing acne patients one problem I run constantly is overemphasis on diet. Yes, diet is important, but it's the be-all-end-all cure.

There's a clear connection between gut and skin health. Skin patients often have higher rates of SIBO than those with healthy skin. And eradicating SIBO (with probiotics or targeted antibiotics) often helps the skin also. If I can add a link, I wrote a detailed post about the gut-skin connection here: http://www.acneeinstein.com/the-gut-skin-axis/

Would you consider the possibility that very low carb diet is not good for you? Sounds like it's constantly giving you digestive problems.

Other than that, probiotics and fermented foods show good results in pretty much all the studies I've seen (especially those concerning skin conditions).

One thing about acne that many health conscious folks like to forget or ignore is genetics. Genes make us disposed to getting acne. They make the skin extra sensitive to androgen hormones, and they put the skin immune system into overdrive causing it to overreact to bacteria and pathogens on the skin. You can mitigate these to some degree with topical treatments, such as green tea extracts.

You mentioned dry skin and your skin not looking good. This is probably a problem with skin barrier function. Basically the skin isn't functioning properly as barrier and allows too much moisture to escape. It also makes the skin more prone to inflammation and infections.

For that I would recommend moisturizers. They can introduce moisture into the skin structure. I've seen quite a few studies showing that this repairs the skin barrier function. While you are at it, make sure you get a moisturizer with vitamin E in it. Vit E is the most important antioxidant in the sebum. It protects the skin against UV rays and other forms of oxidation.

You also shouldn't ignore topical treatments. It's foolish to think that your skin will just take care of itself when it's been shown that acne-prone skin produces too much keratin, skin cells and sebum. If you don't do anything about it your skin will become clogged and unhealthy. Sebum will just sit in the blocked pores and get oxidized by bacteria.

Salicyclic acid is one of the best things for keeping the skin pores open.

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on April 19, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Ditto the advice that others have given re: D3, primrose oil (emphatic yes to primrose), and zinc (on the latter, I started taking an Airborne every morning during cold season, and found that it cleared up some minor residual acne that I was fighting with--not sure if it's the zinc per se, though). Also (probably relevant to the vit D factor), I find that spending some time in the sun also helps to improve skin clarity. A friend of mine finds the same holds true for her with tanning beds, but they've got their own problems, of course...

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on April 19, 2012
at 10:29 AM

I find, the paleo diet got me to about 90 percent as well (face, back, neck, upper legs and stomach). But it wasn't until I decided to exfoliate daily ( I personally have a coconut oil, avocodo oil,sea salt scrub) after which I apply coconut oil and bloat off the excess oil. Also I became way less careful about not touching it. I found the more I touched it, the clearer it got. Weird. People are way too sensitive to their face. It needs a good rub everyday!

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on April 19, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I don't think that would help my back and chest acne to be honest. Pretty much all the external ways you can think of, I've already done it.

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