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What the heck is causing my acne!?!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 23, 2012 at 6:17 AM

I'm very frustrated because I cannot figure it out. I'm a girl, 5'4, 115lbs, asian.

I don't eat dairy to begin with

I don't eat gluten often (only eat rice really)

I don't eat that much sugar

I like soy and did paleo for 3 weeks without soy.

(this is before paleo)

I have really oily skin/hair and acne: whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, and rare cysts. The only problem I can see is that I sleep at 2-3am and wake up at 10pm. I wash my face with cleanser, tone, and moisturize whereas my entire family washes with just water and no one, except me, has an acne problem. I think my skin is dehydrated...should probably start chugging water.

I've been doing paleo for 3 weeks (fell off today during thanksgiving) but plan to get back on it. I'm not on paleo to lose weight, I just want clear skin like everyone else in my family. I don't know what could be causing my acne and I just want it to go away. ):

oh, sometimes I have morning diarrhea and I find I'm constipated often. I also get peptic ulcers though for the last few years it has been rare. (sorry if this is gross, just thought it might be useful)

Please help, any advice is appreciated.

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on February 11, 2013
at 07:10 PM

You could try liver once a week to see if its vitamin A fixes it.

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on December 15, 2012
at 04:30 PM

The best anyone can do is to do your best with what you know. Info changes constantly, don't blame yourself, just keep moving forward. I'm reading a book, Feeding Your Face by Jessica Wu, M.D., and she talks about foods that support healthy skin. I've tried some of her suggestions for the last few days and my skin is looking great, amazingly enough. Thought I'd let you know since she talks about Asian skin here and there.

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:34 AM

I stopped using cleanser/toner/moisturizer a week ago and I think the little comedones on my face are clearing up a little. Also it's not as oily. I'm gonna keep doing it and I hope it works. If this really is the problem, I'm gonna feel so dumb for using products for 8 years... when the answer was right there

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on November 26, 2012
at 06:32 AM

Check out the acne cure by Loren Cordain, or be extra sure to avoid meat that is NOT grass-fed. This is what cured my acne. The fat in malnourished meat will easily cause acne. There is also the possiblity that your acne is purely genetic. This is unfortunate and is a result of your previous generations' poor eating habits

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on November 26, 2012
at 06:31 AM

Check out the acne cure by Loren Cordain, or be extra sure to avoid meat that is NOT grass-fed. This is what cured my acne. The fat in malnourished meat will easily cure acne. There is also the possiblity that your acne is purely genetic. This is unfortunate and is a result of your previous generations' poor eating habits.

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on November 25, 2012
at 06:21 AM

I get peptic uclers and have been since like 8 or 9. Does leaky gut cause this? They say that ulcers are caused by low stomach acid. I also have low blood pressure. My friend said that causes problems with oxygen circulation which can also cause it.

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on November 24, 2012
at 09:07 PM

list everything that you eat.

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on November 23, 2012
at 07:44 AM

"I wash my face with cleanser, tone, and moisturize whereas my entire family washes with just water and no one, except me, has an acne problem" There's your answer right there. Stop using the cleansers/moisturizers.

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on November 23, 2012
at 12:19 PM

Might ask your doc to run a hormone panel on you also (esp. if you have any other signs of hormonal disruption like irregular periods. Sleep can be a sign of hormonal disruptions as well).

I also agree about not using cleanser. I use Dr Bronners in the shower and otherwise don't do much with my face. I rarely ever wear makeup, which also helps, IMO.

Stefani Ruper has a great blog post about this: http://www.paleoforwomen.com/hormonal-acne-where-its-coming-from-and-what-to-do-about-it/

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:00 AM

I am going to copy and paste an answer I posted to another similar question.

"Here are the things I do. First of all I want to mention that, from when I was young, I never used soap or anything to wash my face except water. I always had clear skin. Heck, I didn't even remove my makeup, and could go a long time without washing my face. After a while, I started purchasing "cleansers, moisturizers etc." and for the first time in my life I started getting pimples. I didn't have what you would call acne though. Then I stopped using chemical cleansers and started washing my face with castille soap and using oils as moisturizer. That seemed to work on my skin, but I was still getting pimples here and there occasionally.

Now I only use COLD(the coldest the tap will go) water on my face(like I used to before all the chemicals) and I only use lanolin(sheep sebum) and a little bit of extra virgin olive oil because the lanolin gets a little sticky in my hands I also use lard occasionally. That is all that I do with my skin and it NEVER breaks out, and I DON'T scar.

As you can see I am doing the opposite of what the experts would tell you. I use the coldest water possible instead of the warm water they tell you to wash with. I think this also helps with aging since the subcutaneous fat in your face is not being subjected to heat lol. Also I use sheep sebum(lanolin) and oil/animal fat as my moisturizer when conventional advice is to remove all sebum because it is evil, and to stay away from any oils.

On a side note, whenever I see any commercials for skin and hair care products now, and they mention the words "healthy looking" it irritates the shit out of me. You can use chemicals to make you skin/hair appear healthy, but it won't ever BE healthy with those products."

Hope this helps you out.

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on November 26, 2012
at 04:24 AM

I have your same issue with extremely oily skin. I like Nasty's suggestion of using just water, like others in your family. You might be allergic to an ingredient in your regimen. I tried toner many years ago, from several different (expensive) lines and they all broke me out. If that doesnt work, try the Whole30 program (It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig). This an elimination program to pinpoint your allergies. Seems to be working for me. Also cutting out grains and sugars of all kinds seems to make my skin less oily. Good luck.

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on November 24, 2012
at 02:09 PM

look in to Leaky Gut Syndrome. that is my problem. your gut develops microscopic holes and then the food passes thru and your body attacks it causing inflammation. the inflammation can come out through your skin. i've figured out what foods trigger an attack. also i have low stomach acid from h pylori. betaine hcl is helping with that until i can get it healed. that too can cause breakouts. the betaine doesn't eliminate them but makes them much improved. eggs, beef, chicken, milk, etc., all cause me issues. but the betaine has allowed me to eat most vegetables whereas i couldn't before.

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on November 25, 2012
at 06:21 AM

I get peptic uclers and have been since like 8 or 9. Does leaky gut cause this? They say that ulcers are caused by low stomach acid. I also have low blood pressure. My friend said that causes problems with oxygen circulation which can also cause it.

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on November 24, 2012
at 03:14 AM

You may not have been eating paleo long enough to see any difference, especially if you've included non-paleo foods throughout.

Sugar, even if it's from fruit, gives me acne. Too high of a carb intake from rice could be contributing. Maybe you're underestimating what amount of sugar can affect your complexion. I'm guessing that others around you may eat more and have no acne. Some people are less sensitive that way. I know it's frustrating.

Simply being in bed as long as you mention could be part of the problem. When I "binge sleep" I usually wake up with a few pimples. Do you wear makeup? Never sleep with makeup on.

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on November 23, 2012
at 12:01 PM

How much is "not that much sugar"? Sugar is one of my acne triggers -- it doesn't take much.

Also +1 for not using cleanser. My skin has improved drastically once I stopped becoming Sephora's favorite customer (aka stopped buying lots of harsh cleansers and moisturizers). I wash with water, and sometimes olive/castor oil.

I moisturize with olive oil, and if I break out I put some ghee on it. I feel like it helps heal skin quicker.

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:56 PM

Soy has been linked to estrogen dominance, which causes an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen. This has been linked to acne. Your hormones may still be adjusting to paleo, it could take some time before you see results. As others mentioned, high GI foods are a major culprit. I would avoid sweets completely, and then reintroduce them later to see if there is a link. Reducing your rice intake could be beneficial as well as it is a high GI food (if it is white rice).

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:43 AM

I break out with eggs. Try dropping that for 2 weeks.

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on February 11, 2013
at 05:49 AM

I'm Asian and have always had acne, some days worse than others, especially during the colder months. Where is the acne? Mine is mostly around the mouth and chin. According to TCM this area is associated with the liver. My hormones are erratic and when I eat liver cleansing/supporting foods, it gets better. You had the unfortunate luck of inheriting the pimple genes and must do more than your clear skin siblings to maintain levelled hormonal activities. Also, take care of your thyroid. This is a good start for your research. I would not suggest you drink dairy as I don't believe this is good for Asians - something to do with dampness. My acne kryptonite are chips. Even though my skin has an oily T-zone and I use coconut oil. Your skin will produce more oil if you dry it out. Overall, research liver friendly foods.

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on November 23, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I used to break out like crazy when having peanut butter and milk chocolate bars and the like - luckily the Paleo diet pretty much prohibits those.

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