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Is the rash on my upper arms because the coconut milk is too fatty or is it the guar gum?

Commented on July 15, 2012
Created June 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

The rash started about 3 mths after starting coconut milk. I stopped because I thought it was causing heartburn, but turns out it the whole cream I was mainlining caused the heartburn. Stopped the cream and the heartburn went away. I increased the coconut milk to 12+ TBL/day (coffee) and the small bumps are becoming more numerous on my upper arms. Same thing had happened when I was mainlining the cream except the bumps came out on my face.

I'm guessing fat is the cause in both cases. I tried decreasing the amount of coconut milk but then I get ravenous and weight loss stalls. I'm able to IF 24 hrs with the coconut milk days I choose to fast and can't do it without the coconut milk. I tried low-fat coconut milk but it produced a bland coffee and didn't satiate me enough to IF.

Guar gum or fatty coconut milk? I'd be happy to hear it's the guar gum. I tried Trader Joe's low-fat guar gum free coconut milk but it tasted horrible and they don't carry full fat guar gum free here.

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on July 15, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Thanks for the pink link...but nope, mine is not colored at all. Just raised small bumps. Not itchy. I gave up the coconut milk for one week but didn't notice any change. Of course, I'm very familiar with elimination diets so I'm not surprised that eliminating for only one week didn't make a difference.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on July 15, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Whole cream caused a rash on my face. Gave up the cream, rash went away. Started the coconunt milk, rash developed and has progressed down my arm. Nothing new in the environment - I'm chemical free inside and outside. Doing a challenge does confirm the cause as was the case with the cream.

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on June 21, 2012
at 11:27 PM

Try coconut oil- fewer potential gut irritants.

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on June 21, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Try coconut oil.

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on June 21, 2012
at 11:07 PM

Good point about other things in the environment. Especially lotions and bathing and laundry products.

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on June 21, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Several thoughts ..

The coconut milk and/or other diet factors are allowing you to burn fat, which could be releasing stored up toxins which are then excreted through the skin and causing irritation.

You have a food allergy to coconut. I have a mild one myself.

The gums in the coconut milk are irritating your gut (which gums often do). And your skin is often a good reflection of the internal state of your gut.

Suggestions? Keep experimenting and observing like you are already doing. If you can, try a healthy replacement for coconut for a week or so. Avocado maybe?

Good luck!

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on July 06, 2012
at 12:49 AM

It sounds like you are describing keratosis pilaris.

I had this skin condition when I was growing up and it eventually cleared up on it's own. However, since going Paleo, it's back. It appears that some people think that it can be due to excess buildup of protein in the skin. I'm also wondering what the solution is, I'd like to get rid of it and stay Paleo.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on July 15, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Thanks for the pink link...but nope, mine is not colored at all. Just raised small bumps. Not itchy. I gave up the coconut milk for one week but didn't notice any change. Of course, I'm very familiar with elimination diets so I'm not surprised that eliminating for only one week didn't make a difference.

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on June 21, 2012
at 10:52 PM

I am not sure why you assume food is the cause of the rash. Correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation. There are a million other things in the environment you could have become sensitive to. I have never heard of fat causing a rash, months later.

It may be something in that brand of coconut milk, not the milk itself. I think you should see a dermatologist as this sounds pretty chronic.

A9007c998e3b924deebbe9ebb98d4db6

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on June 21, 2012
at 11:07 PM

Good point about other things in the environment. Especially lotions and bathing and laundry products.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on July 15, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Whole cream caused a rash on my face. Gave up the cream, rash went away. Started the coconunt milk, rash developed and has progressed down my arm. Nothing new in the environment - I'm chemical free inside and outside. Doing a challenge does confirm the cause as was the case with the cream.

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