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Will blackheads go away?

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Created November 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Has anyone got rid of blackheads on their nose with the Paleo diet? How long did it take?

I've been on the diet for about four years, although somewhat loosely (a lot of rice at times, although months without it as well). I've also had periods with whey protein and without. Eliminating the whey is better for acne, but basically the whole acne problem went away with 90% paleo. I'm pretty hardcore about avoiding gluten containing foods.

Anyway I've still had no success with blackheads. Could it be that I permanently altered my pore size during adolescence with insulinogenic foods (I was on a weight-gain, football diet) and exogenous hormone use, and they will not shrink? Or do I have to give it more time with a really strict implementation of Paleo? Or are there other alternatives such as medication and lasers?

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on November 18, 2010
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Hi W8liftinmom and Bryan, it was just a regular facial. I saw a woman who specializes in natural facials. She only uses essential oils and hot water/towels. It was fabulous. The removals were done by hand. You really have to know what you're doing to do this, as the inexperienced blackhead picker (sigh) could leave scars. That's why I didn't want to try it myself. Shop around, get consultations, until you resonate with someone. A great estetician (I don't know how to spell that) knows just what to do.

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on November 18, 2010
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Thanks Corinne. I'd like to get it done. It wasn't anything with lasers or chemicals was it, just removal by hand?

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on November 18, 2010
at 11:28 AM

No, I don't have any dairy other than whey protein. Right now I currently do not have any dairy at all. I can't have milk, I'm lactose intolerant. And even milk chocolate gives me a lot of phlegm.

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on November 18, 2010
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what was the procedure called?

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on November 17, 2010
at 12:31 PM

Besides whey protein, have you experimented with dairy?

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on November 17, 2010
at 03:02 PM

I had horrible acne pre-Paleo days. I've been Paleo (well, "zero" carb) for almost a year now. The acne cleared up in six weeks and I haven't had a zit since. But I still had old blackheads, like you are describing. They didn't go away on their own. I made an appointment at a fancy beauty salon six months ago and had a facial designed to get rid of the old 'heads. They're gone! And they haven't returned. The procedure cost me about $150 plus a generous tip. I have gorgeous skin these days. :)

I think that those buggers are like archeological artifacts. They aren't going to go away on their own, at least not in a reasonable amount of time. You probably need someone to pick them out for you. Gross, but that's what happened to me!

Happy skin days ahead!

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030e4c293151bf6c70550dcfcfde0f67

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on November 18, 2010
at 04:46 PM

Hi W8liftinmom and Bryan, it was just a regular facial. I saw a woman who specializes in natural facials. She only uses essential oils and hot water/towels. It was fabulous. The removals were done by hand. You really have to know what you're doing to do this, as the inexperienced blackhead picker (sigh) could leave scars. That's why I didn't want to try it myself. Shop around, get consultations, until you resonate with someone. A great estetician (I don't know how to spell that) knows just what to do.

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on November 18, 2010
at 11:29 AM

Thanks Corinne. I'd like to get it done. It wasn't anything with lasers or chemicals was it, just removal by hand?

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:38 AM

what was the procedure called?

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:44 AM

Maybe it's not just a factor of diet, but hygiene habits as well. My husband used to have really bad outbreaks on his back (zits and blackheads) and Keratosis pilaris on his upper arms. He's been paleo for about a year. I recently noticed that his arms were smooth and his back hasn't broken out in a long time. When I mentioned it to him he fessed up that he hasn't been using soap when he showers (can't quite go no-poo yet) shrugs So it could be the products you put on your skin.

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on November 17, 2010
at 03:26 PM

I agree with Corinne about the artifact nature of the blackheads, they are foreign bodies that the skin cannot consume back into the body. They have to come out somehow.

A hot (ow-ow almost too hot) bath with epsom salt and coconut oil in the water with some scrubbing could get them out. If they are on your face, you may soak a washcloth and hold it against the spots, or repeatedly dip your face. This also seemed to help some lighten some scars I had on my legs.

Your Face May Vary.

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:12 PM

I'll second the notion on the soap. It could be your blackheads are acne without the inflammation. Your skin is still over-producing sebum, which is building up in the pores, but since you are gluten-free, your body is not responding with an inflammatory attack, hence they do not turn into whiteheads.

The excess sebum may be because of daily use of soap, which strips away the right amount of natural skin oils, causing your skin to over-produce in response.

I went no-soap (except pits, hands, and nether regions) about two months ago, and the remainder of my adult back-ne cleared up as a result.

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