Lately my skin has been aging fast in a very weird way. I am not sure if with my change to paleo it is lacking something, but it started after changing my diet. I am 27, yet I got crinkles under my eyes like a 70 year old does when I smile. My facial skin has been sagging. It looks like I lost a lot of weight but I did not lose any. If anything since Paleo I have been heavier than I used to be. My eyes seem to have aged the most, my upper lid is drooping and wrinkly, my skin seems thin. This all is very unusual and happened within a year. I feel I do everything right, don't smoke, drink, I sleep plenty, drink lots of water, moisturize with oil and wash with water.
Just recently I treated an escalated case of facial yeast with anti fungal cream. The yeast had caused me moderate to strong acne and my skin was scaly. Now that the scales fell off and the pustules are gone my skin is as soft, clear and even as ever but it looks aged. I somehow don't think the yeast caused this but I read it destroys collagen. I have also bern taking a high dose of Viamin D (10000 IU) which might have added to it but my problems started before that. They just weren't as bad. Any idea what it could be and what I could do ?
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on August 28, 2013
at 03:12 AM
are you really low carb? LC will suck you dry... aka losing water weight.
LC eating depletes glycogen, a molecule that holds H2O in muscles and skin, thusly LC can literally dehyydrate you, making yr skin thinner and saggier. (eg. bodybuilders go LC before competition to make their skin thin, to look more cut.)
just a thought. the good news is that if LC is the cause, it's a fast and easy fix!
on August 26, 2013
at 10:33 PM
Start slamming vitamin c. It is a major element in skin health and the creation of collagen. Based on your description of saggy skin, wrinkles along the lids/eyes, you've had some serious collagen breakdown.
You could get capsules/tabs, but it is actually cheaper to get ascorbic acid crystals, mix 'em in water (with a little salt 'cause it tastes nasty by itself) and drink it. You may want to start with 1500 mg a day and work up from there, and stop at the sublaxative level (yup, stop increasing it if/when your bowels start to get loose). Make sure to drink it as soon as you mix it, and rinse your mouth afterwards with a couple of swigs of water so it doesn't stay on your teeth (and weaken your tooth enamel).
I started taking Vitamin C to help repair my adrenals, and started getting a lot of compliments about my skin. Big surprise to me. Then I noticed my stretch marks were also diminishing, and that got my attention. Apparently it is great for repairing the skin.
Here are some links for you:
Also, you may want to increase your magnesium, water and protein intake for a bit, too.
on August 27, 2013
at 01:48 PM
You could try consuming gelatin to get collagen for the skin. I use the Great Lakes Gelatin and add it to a lot of my sauce and soup dishes. I also put cucumber on my face for a direct Vitamin C treatment.
on August 30, 2013
at 09:57 PM
Fish Oil. Take a ton of it. It is the best thing you can put in your body, has the highest concentration of collagen of anything you can ingest. I take about 6000 mg with every meal and my skin has never looked better. I also did not have one single stretch mark during my primal pregnancy. http://www.primalandpregnant.com
on August 30, 2013
at 06:54 PM
I am wondering if my old standard diet might have provides nutrients that I am not hetting right now? Does anyone know if foods like braid and dairy have something specific? And if so, what Paleo foods have the same nutrients....