I have never had acne prior to Fall 2012, just small blemishes here and there.
I have been trying to figure out why it is so bad now, since it seems the longer I eat Paleo the worse it gets. If it is connected, I don't know. It may be a coincidence. At first I looked into dietary mistakes. I received advice to cut out things like raw butter, eat only low GI foods, stick to a SIBO or low FODMAP protocol...and well, I have not seen any bettering.
I may have to do it for longer than a few weeks, but I was hoping to at least see SOME bettering, so I know I am on the right track. The only thing that helped me was herbal supplements like DIM, calcium D glucarate...my acne went from severe to moderate at least. But 3 months later, it does not get any better than that.
I do experience bloating and mild digestive discomforts daily (waiting to be seen by a Gastroenterologist too). So I was hoping to address gut issues as well as acne in a diet. It seems complicated though and before I decide to try something else, I would like to hear some experiences. One important thing I NEED to watch out for is unwanted weight loss...I lose weight faster than you can say weight loss and slip into the underweight zone, which will result in even more problems. So I NEED my calories and fats. I also NEED carbs. Going low carb last year just before my problems started, proved to be a disaster for me (personally), I almost ended up needing a new liver and thyroid and my hair fell out. That was also the first time I experienced the acne, and PMS and sometimes I wonder if going low carb really aggravated some problems for me and brought this out. Now, I am only left with acne and digestive issues.
My husband now suggested for me to try this diet: http://www.freeacnebook.com/40-44.htm
Seems like it is based on the Wai diet...i wonder if it can be made more Paleo friendly and still eliminate acne triggers? I am familiar with raw foods, just never actually ate all raw.
Long story short, I would be interested to hear your experiences. :)
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on April 14, 2013
at 02:36 AM
I tried tweaking, and tweaking my diet, and ultimately found I needed to eat considerably more. It sounds like you could be in the same boat, with your teetering on the brink of underweight.I did find some solace in cutting chicken, eggs, and nuts, but that ultimately got tiresome.
For a while I just accepted the acne, so I did not have to be strict with my food, and then I started eating a lot more. I got rid of many of my dietary restrictions, and focused on cooking some delicious foods (I was trying to bulk up).
Next thing I know, no more acne. I'm not sure it was the weight gain, it could have been that I was deficient in something, despite my best efforts, or it could have been a simple stress reduction. What I did find is that gut problems, sleep problems, and acne problems all just went away on their own. Don't get me wrong, I still eat paleo, I just stopped being worried about so many things (FODMAPS, sugar, N-6 content, mineral balances, etc)
on April 05, 2013
at 12:50 PM
Anecdotal, but cutting out nightshades (this includes tobacco mind yoU) worked well for me and from what I've read others.
No tomatoes, white potatoes or peppers. Black pepper is OK. I'm sure the small amount of dried pepper in say, a milder curry isn't going to hurt you too much either. But I'd go totally nightshade free for 30 days and see if it helps.
on April 05, 2013
at 08:51 PM
Mireia, I suffered from pretty bad acne for years and here's how I went about fixing it. I found three main food triggers:dairy, fish/seaweed, and gluten. As a paleo person you're almost certainly not eating gluten, so we'll cross that off your list of diet-based solutions to try.
Depending on how strict you are, you may be eating dairy, so if you are, cut it out right away. Be sure to cut it out for at least 6 weeks, preferably a full two months. The same goes for fish/seaweed.
I've seen lots of acne sufferers on these boards who are using coconut oil on their skin. If you are, stop immediately! Coconut oil works wonderfully for normal folks, but not for us acne-sufferers. It clogs the pores. I notice a lot of natural-type facewash and bodywash have saponified coconut oil in them, so steer clear of those, too. If you moisturize your face, try quitting altogether. When I get a dry patch or two in the winter, I'll use Murad's skin perfecting lotion because it's designed not to clog pores. Do you use fabric softener when you dry your clothes, sheets, and towels? That's another irritant to eliminate.
Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions.
on April 05, 2013
at 06:32 PM
Most vaccinations are cultured from eggs. Therefore, if you were ever vaccinated, you could be allergic to eggs. I thrive on a diet with beef and vegetables. You might try it, see if your skin improves, and eat many "liver boosting foods".
I did the above with the assistance of my naturopath and it worked beautifully. Try cutting eggs/chicken. Nightshades did not make a difference for me either!
on April 14, 2013
at 01:08 AM
I had to cut out all veggies due to problems digesting them. I was not doing great on the SIBO protocol. Bone brith got me really bloated! Possibly due to the veggies. I guess you could say that I really am on a Wai diet now. With some Paleo added, like I eat grasfed meat still. It is a raw food diet though. My bloating has gotten better. I will see how it affects my acne and update soon.