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Diets for acne? Your experiences

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2013 at 12:13 PM

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. :)

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on April 15, 2013
at 12:54 AM

Mireia: Glad the sesame oil is working well. Chelsea: Not all fats/oils work the same on different people's skin. My friend has had great results using vitamin E oil on her skin, but when I tried it I got the worst zits of my life. I didn't know zits could be that big or that painful. My point is that a blanket statement like "coconut oil ain't clogging your pores unless you're dead" is not only condescending, but makes a lot of assumptions. What I've found after a 10+ years of acne fighting is that everyone's solutions are so. personal.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on April 14, 2013
at 08:55 PM

I see, I am using sesame oil now and it seems to be working well.

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on April 14, 2013
at 02:36 PM

*isn't.........

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on April 14, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Like math-girl said on another thread. Coconut oil ain't clogging your pores unless your dead.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on April 14, 2013
at 01:41 PM

I eat 2500 cals a day. That should be plenty at my height (165cm). I had "more relaxed" phases, but my problems got progressively worse during, even after months. I have a gut issue, so it is a matter of what I can digest. I can't digest veggies. Until I see a specialist I can only try to cut them out.

B885dc10c6263f5a4492205d50560bee

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on April 14, 2013
at 04:36 AM

This ^^ is exactly what happened to me. The more strict I made my diet, the more acne I developed. When I started relaxing a little about what I ate (Not a lot, just a few spoons of ice cream or fruit, a side of quinoa, chips and dip), my face cleared up substantially.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on April 07, 2013
at 08:02 AM

I am currently following a SIBO protocol to heal my gut. It reduces my bloating. I will research more about fish and acne thank you! I have been wanting to make bone broth. I will try to get good bones!

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on April 06, 2013
at 08:25 PM

I hear it is the iodine content in fish, shellfish and seaweed that causes the problem. It's been a while since I researched it, so I don't remember the specifics of how iodine causes the acne. I forgot to mention one thing: try healing your gut to reduce acne. Drinking bone broth regularly will help with this.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on April 06, 2013
at 12:35 AM

...application since I have a lot of red marks from when my acne was worse. I don't use fabric softener. What in fish can cause a problem? I eat it about twice a week.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 06, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Thank you! I don't eat any grains. Usually no dairy either but I have cheated like every two weeks and had grain free cake or milk in decaf coffee (I don't usually drink coffee) I haven't used any coconut oil yet, but was thinking about using olive oil. I am worried about breaking out more though. Seems even a slightly greasy lotion can make me break out more. I also have very dry faceial skin though, so I have been unable to do without moisturizer there. I try not to wear make up, but when I go out I cover my blemishes with mineral podwer foundation. For special occasions I might chose full..

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on April 06, 2013
at 12:28 AM

I never had a flu vaccine! They were not common in Germany and I have not vaxed since '99. Is there any ither ways to tell if I an allergic to eggs? I eat a great deal of eggs and it will be hard replacing theM .

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

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on April 05, 2013
at 09:31 PM

I would add to this: if you do apply anything to your skin (including makeup), apply it only with a downward stroke. Pores open in a downward direction, and applying something to your face with an upward stroke is more likely to push it into your pores and clog them.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

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on April 05, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Generally just flu vaccines are cultured in egg protein

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on April 05, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Keep at it for at least 6 weeks, Mireia. Two full months if you can.

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on April 05, 2013
at 06:33 PM

I's post more but I'm working. My username on here is typically Kara31191... :-) New computer here and can't log in!

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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on April 05, 2013
at 01:21 PM

I have been cutting out Mightshades for three weeks now. I don't smoke either no results so far. I don't eat potaoes anyway.

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3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

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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)

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 14, 2013
at 01:41 PM

I eat 2500 cals a day. That should be plenty at my height (165cm). I had "more relaxed" phases, but my problems got progressively worse during, even after months. I have a gut issue, so it is a matter of what I can digest. I can't digest veggies. Until I see a specialist I can only try to cut them out.

B885dc10c6263f5a4492205d50560bee

(401)

on April 14, 2013
at 04:36 AM

This ^^ is exactly what happened to me. The more strict I made my diet, the more acne I developed. When I started relaxing a little about what I ate (Not a lot, just a few spoons of ice cream or fruit, a side of quinoa, chips and dip), my face cleared up substantially.

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1fad5e9a4faebbac080864834dacf0cc

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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.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 05, 2013
at 01:21 PM

I have been cutting out Mightshades for three weeks now. I don't smoke either no results so far. I don't eat potaoes anyway.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on April 05, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Keep at it for at least 6 weeks, Mireia. Two full months if you can.

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90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on April 05, 2013
at 09:31 PM

I would add to this: if you do apply anything to your skin (including makeup), apply it only with a downward stroke. Pores open in a downward direction, and applying something to your face with an upward stroke is more likely to push it into your pores and clog them.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 06, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Thank you! I don't eat any grains. Usually no dairy either but I have cheated like every two weeks and had grain free cake or milk in decaf coffee (I don't usually drink coffee) I haven't used any coconut oil yet, but was thinking about using olive oil. I am worried about breaking out more though. Seems even a slightly greasy lotion can make me break out more. I also have very dry faceial skin though, so I have been unable to do without moisturizer there. I try not to wear make up, but when I go out I cover my blemishes with mineral podwer foundation. For special occasions I might chose full..

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 06, 2013
at 12:35 AM

...application since I have a lot of red marks from when my acne was worse. I don't use fabric softener. What in fish can cause a problem? I eat it about twice a week.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on April 06, 2013
at 08:25 PM

I hear it is the iodine content in fish, shellfish and seaweed that causes the problem. It's been a while since I researched it, so I don't remember the specifics of how iodine causes the acne. I forgot to mention one thing: try healing your gut to reduce acne. Drinking bone broth regularly will help with this.

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 07, 2013
at 08:02 AM

I am currently following a SIBO protocol to heal my gut. It reduces my bloating. I will research more about fish and acne thank you! I have been wanting to make bone broth. I will try to get good bones!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on April 14, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Like math-girl said on another thread. Coconut oil ain't clogging your pores unless your dead.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on April 15, 2013
at 12:54 AM

Mireia: Glad the sesame oil is working well. Chelsea: Not all fats/oils work the same on different people's skin. My friend has had great results using vitamin E oil on her skin, but when I tried it I got the worst zits of my life. I didn't know zits could be that big or that painful. My point is that a blanket statement like "coconut oil ain't clogging your pores unless you're dead" is not only condescending, but makes a lot of assumptions. What I've found after a 10+ years of acne fighting is that everyone's solutions are so. personal.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on April 14, 2013
at 02:36 PM

*isn't.........

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 14, 2013
at 08:55 PM

I see, I am using sesame oil now and it seems to be working well.

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3a0723afbae9bf69ffa12136a58e99cd

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!

3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

(87)

on April 06, 2013
at 12:28 AM

I never had a flu vaccine! They were not common in Germany and I have not vaxed since '99. Is there any ither ways to tell if I an allergic to eggs? I eat a great deal of eggs and it will be hard replacing theM .

3a0723afbae9bf69ffa12136a58e99cd

on April 05, 2013
at 06:33 PM

I's post more but I'm working. My username on here is typically Kara31191... :-) New computer here and can't log in!

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on April 05, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Generally just flu vaccines are cultured in egg protein

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3959828c57f2aeddc08e5f374e92ad36

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.

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