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suddenly acne, but how?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

hi there!

so i stopped taking the birhtcontroll-pill about half a yer ago. it was due to my ibs-d to see if it gets better without. it didn't. but i decided to just leave it away, i lost a little weight (but you can't see it unfortunately). but now i have really pains when i get my period and i have really really bad skin which is very new to me - before i had an occassional pimple, but that's all. now my face looks horrible! i stopped putting creams and anything on my face, only a bit of jojoba oil, but this doesn't help. i'm 20 now, this is so terrible. should i start taking birth control again? any other idea?

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on May 16, 2013
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have you seen a functional doctor? Maybe get a gi effects test...and they can examine the species in your gut. I think it's sort of going around the paleosphere now that a lot of people need to see a functional doctor, naturopath, etc. to get the final tweaks to feel better on paleo.

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on May 16, 2013
at 11:03 AM

you mean the 30 doctors i've been seeing and who couldn't help me with ibs at all and told be to eat less meat and more wheat? no thanks.

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on May 16, 2013
at 04:34 AM

bluekitty, I recommend stopping the jojoba oil, first of all. It's probably not helping. Only use a moisturizer if you are getting dry, flaky patches in the winter or in allergy season. The above is the only good piece of skin care advice I've ever gotten from a doctor, FYI.

If you're consuming any dairy products, I recommend removing them entirely for 6-8 weeks to see if your skin clears. If that doesn't work, remove seafood including seaweed from your diet as well. Those are my two worst triggers. Gluten is another trigger, but if you're paleo/primal, you're almost certainly not eating it in great enough quantity to cause a problem. Other common dietary acne triggers are: sugar and other excess carbs, nuts, citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables (it's the sulfur) and eggs. It may take a long, long time to figure out your dietary triggers, but it's well worth it! If a certain food or food group causes recurring skin infections, it's because it's causing an invisible problem elsewhere in your body. Best get this ironed out now, while you're young.

Other miscellaneous solutions:

You may also look into healing your gut. Check out Chris Kresser's take on gut-health and acne. If you're not doing so already I'd stop using fabric softener and switch to all-natural laundry soap. If you wear makeup, stop! Even the "natural" zinc based stuff makes me break out. If you absolutely must wear makeup for a job interview, first date, or whatever, be sure to clean your makeup brushes after each use. What's your bodywash like? Is it the kind that leaves "moisture beads" or glitter or other sh*t all over your skin? Is it advertised as leaving your skin moist? Stop using it. It may be clogging your pores. Trader Joe's sells a tea tree/peppermint body wash that works great, smells great, and won't clog your pores.

Best of luck to you!

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on May 15, 2013
at 08:45 PM

So, it's possible you're eating something now which aggravates your skin more than before - pork, chicken, egg whites, pesticides, fungicides, nuts.

I know it sucks but just because something is "paleo" doesn't mean you won't break out.

Also, people with IBS generally have fewer bacterial species (good bacteria) than those without.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/07/bowel-disease-part-iv-restoring-healthful-gut-flora/

i REALLY REALLY recommend checking out the perfect health diet to make sure you are getting vitamins and Minerals in the right amounts. I hvae no idea if you're eating too much protein, zero carb, low carb, fermented foods, etc.

their diet is the best place to start.

Also you are 20 - are you eating lots of chicken? pork? eat beef and lamb and salmon and try to get away from pork, chicken. again, lots of variables.

PHD (perfect..health..) also has a post on acne. might be some valuable information, and maybe consider if any of your routine (shampoos, cleaners, vitamins, etc.) could be causing your reaction.

Finally, if you're really desperate, try GAPS diet - bone broth, fermented foods, egg yolks and probiotics for quite a long time.

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on May 26, 2013
at 01:43 PM

try upping these particular factors in your diet as i have cleared my acne up by 90%.

  • Vitamin A(Retinol) - start at around 150g-200g WEEKLY of liver (calf liver is the tastiest in my opinion). It has made one of BIGGEST differences to my skin
  • Zinc - get these from DAILY oysters. 1 or 2 daily if you can afford to. if you cant afford it like me, just supplement, take zinc picolinate daily, but try to do oysters as excessive zinc can mess with copper levels. This and Vitamin A has been my DUO to fight against acne!

Gelatin- makes skin looks firm and in good condition and i think it helps my scars? Can be found in bone broth or Great Lakes/Now Foods gelatin

Vitamin C - helps skin and speeds up healing. Found in fruits such as orange,blueberries,strawberries,etc.

And finally a balanced diet. Try to keep PUFA low as possible.

I eat mainly lamb,beef,rice,potatoes,vegetables,butter,animal fats,herbs,spices,onions,garlic,ginger. I eat chicken/pork occasionally as they are high in omega 6.

As a final note, mainly concentrate on Vit A and Zinc on being optimal as this from my experience and others i have spoke to, have cleared up most, not all, but most of their acne.

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on May 16, 2013
at 10:10 AM

This is definitely an issue you need to see your doctor about. Acne and period pains might not be the worst of your problems.

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on May 16, 2013
at 11:03 AM

you mean the 30 doctors i've been seeing and who couldn't help me with ibs at all and told be to eat less meat and more wheat? no thanks.

8d3cb0be5f31c75a05f853cb3b5c245a

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on May 16, 2013
at 02:51 PM

have you seen a functional doctor? Maybe get a gi effects test...and they can examine the species in your gut. I think it's sort of going around the paleosphere now that a lot of people need to see a functional doctor, naturopath, etc. to get the final tweaks to feel better on paleo.

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