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What's your paleo prescription for radiant skin?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM

I'm looking for a way to make my skin clearer (I struggle with a little bit of acne here and there) while also fading some of the blotchiness from my teenage acne days. I eat a paleo diet and have found that this helped clear my skin, but not completely.

I'm just curious whether any of you have found that consuming more of certain foods has made a difference in the quality of your skin. What foods would you recommend I consume more of (or less of) to experience the best results? *Is there a cleansing regimen that you've found to be helpful?* Any input is greatly appreciated!

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

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on November 06, 2011
at 07:41 AM

how much did you consume? im eating about 7-8 fish oil tablets a day, avoiding veggie oils and eating organs/some CLO here and there. I also eat coconut oil. could that do it?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:34 PM

I have a special skin lotion that my local compounding pharmacy makes for bad skin, stretch marks and acne. I put it in the massive MDA thread around page 80-85.

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on October 15, 2011
at 05:02 PM

A spoon of CLO dried my skin out, so does salmon, and so does topical EVCO.

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on September 18, 2011
at 03:39 AM

I'm assuming it helps because the quilt's protocol is about managing wacky hormones. So getting that in line and being serious about limiting starch/carbs/sugar helps too.

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

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on September 18, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Both. I just know that that it went away. Face has completely cleared up, I have the best skin I've ever seen for me. My previous paleo challenge doesn't even compare.

2fbba2cfe386a13fd7888ccc0c50fe92

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on September 17, 2011
at 11:26 PM

That's it! It's called the Oil Cleansing Method - http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ - I found out about it on this site, though. I just bought some jojoba oil to add to the mix because I've read it's the closest to our natural oils. I've started with half castor oil and half olive oil. They say you adjust down the castor oil if your skin gets too dry.

Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

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on September 17, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Eyeballs! I ate them a couple Xs this summer. Salmon eyeballs. They were fine, but the plastic-y lens was gross.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on September 17, 2011
at 07:09 PM

yes! I've never had what I'd describe as radiant skin, but about 3 weeks into the primal blueprint I noticed how bright my skin had become. only takes about 3 days of eating processed foods and it fades into what I thought was my normal color, then within a week back on primal it glows again. So, for me, the formula is high protein/fat and moderate (75 or so grams) of carbs.

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on September 17, 2011
at 05:02 PM

was your acne hormonal? cystic? this is the first time i've heard the quilt's leptin protocol alleviating acne! thanks

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on September 17, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I AM going to try the eyeballs once I can source them. I assume that they will taste like hell and the consistency will make me want to kill myself whilst eating them. BUT I am quite vain.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 17, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Go ahead, Richard!

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on September 17, 2011
at 01:33 PM

I'll be the judge of that.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on September 17, 2011
at 08:34 AM

And i havent been using any dairy, i re-started using bone marrow and marrow fat in cooking too. I think its the finest type of fat beef has. Atleast that kind that paleos should be eating more, rather than muscle fat.

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on September 17, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Check out the threads on oil cleansing method. I loved what it did for my skin, but I'm just too lazy to keep it up.

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on September 17, 2011
at 02:49 AM

Could you elaborate on how you use the olive and castor oils, please?

3f11b5fda91063846bba45daac3541bd

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on September 17, 2011
at 02:47 AM

It works so well to moisturize but definitely makes me break out.

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Oh I don't know that I could do eyeballs unless they were already cut up for me.

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6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on September 17, 2011
at 01:19 AM

This may raise some eyebrows....but I found that my over consumption of O3 rich foods made my skin drier and more prone to acne flare ups. Also, prior to this i was basically low carb paleo which probably exacerbated the skin issue. I have since incorporated starches back into my diet like skinless potatoes and rice and my skin glows.

I do not use any facial products if i dont have to. coconut oil actually dries my skin out so i resort to almond oil if need be.

best!

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on November 06, 2011
at 07:41 AM

how much did you consume? im eating about 7-8 fish oil tablets a day, avoiding veggie oils and eating organs/some CLO here and there. I also eat coconut oil. could that do it?

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 15, 2011
at 05:02 PM

A spoon of CLO dried my skin out, so does salmon, and so does topical EVCO.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 17, 2011
at 12:05 AM

I'm 48 and look about 10 years younger than my chronological peers.

Wash in warm or cold water, no soap.

High Vitamin D level: 91 ng/ml at last test.

NO gluten ever!

Coconut milk seems to make me break out, so no more of that... Dairy works fine for me--YMMV!

Gelatin 2-4 x a week, 60-70% fat, super-low Omega 6 intake (stick to eating mostly 100% grass-fed ruminants as your protein source.)

I use Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe lotion at night, mixed with 10% glycolic acid or retinol cream (by Alpha Hydrox). I alternate these nightly.

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on September 17, 2011
at 01:33 PM

I'll be the judge of that.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 17, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Go ahead, Richard!

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on September 16, 2011
at 11:33 PM

Drink lots and lots of gelatin rich bone broth. Also, I have read that eyeballs are as good as Restalyn, I haven't YET tried the eyeballs, but I drink a mug of broth with each meal. I think it helps the complextion, it's also great for joints.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 17, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Oh I don't know that I could do eyeballs unless they were already cut up for me.

Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

(1035)

on September 17, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Eyeballs! I ate them a couple Xs this summer. Salmon eyeballs. They were fine, but the plastic-y lens was gross.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 17, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I AM going to try the eyeballs once I can source them. I assume that they will taste like hell and the consistency will make me want to kill myself whilst eating them. BUT I am quite vain.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on September 17, 2011
at 08:32 AM

I recently started using coconut oil, its little embarassing now how smooth the skin is, almost like a womans ;) I also included kombu, dunno if it might have anything to do it. Perhaps its optimizing my thyroid. And less drying of skin. Some starch doesnt hurt too i guess.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on September 17, 2011
at 08:34 AM

And i havent been using any dairy, i re-started using bone marrow and marrow fat in cooking too. I think its the finest type of fat beef has. Atleast that kind that paleos should be eating more, rather than muscle fat.

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on September 17, 2011
at 01:24 AM

I love blue green algae supplements.. makes my nails and hair grow like crazy too! And I have tried just about every "hair skin and nails" supplement out there.. none have worked like blue green algae!

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:22 PM

I cut out gluten, sleep a ton, drink insane amounts of water, CrossFit/Bikram/lifting 4-5 days a week, eat a really well rounded diet - lots of brightly coloured vegetables and berries, and am generally happy and cheery all the time.

No rosacea breakouts in 5-months.

I will be adding thick tasty broth into my eating habits with the cooler weather coming. I want to note that I have noticed that if I don't eat eggs for awhile, then have a couple a few days in a row, that I will get a welt on my chin above a little mole that I have. It's the weirdest thing and only where the mole is. No eggs? No dime/nickel sized painful welt. 4-6 eggs? Welt. It goes away after a few days, tho. Something I'm N=1'ing.

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F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

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on September 17, 2011
at 08:39 AM

My skin didn't go completely clear until I started following @the_quilt's leptin reset protocol. I'm at the point where I have had clear skin and NO acne for 10 days now. Very surprising...and quite welcome.

I had some luck before with coconut oil and got good looking skin, but I still had issues with sporadic acne.

edit So my diet is almost completely VLC Primal at this point. Some cream and butter, but no cheese or such. I'm finding that any sort of carbs above 30g or so exacerbates the skin issue.

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on September 18, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Both. I just know that that it went away. Face has completely cleared up, I have the best skin I've ever seen for me. My previous paleo challenge doesn't even compare.

A0b8c4cc369f93ee987ce15b1bf323fe

on September 17, 2011
at 05:02 PM

was your acne hormonal? cystic? this is the first time i've heard the quilt's leptin protocol alleviating acne! thanks

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on September 18, 2011
at 03:39 AM

I'm assuming it helps because the quilt's protocol is about managing wacky hormones. So getting that in line and being serious about limiting starch/carbs/sugar helps too.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:34 PM

I have a special skin lotion that my local compounding pharmacy makes for bad skin, stretch marks and acne. I put it in the massive MDA thread around page 80-85.

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2fbba2cfe386a13fd7888ccc0c50fe92

on September 17, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Somewhere on here (Paleohacks.com) I read a thread on skincare and started using Castor Oil with Olive Oil to cleanse my skin and moisturize. I've not had any problems since then and going Whole30 even reduced the hair I had problems with on my chin and neck. I'm not sure which variable cleared things up but you could look around on the cleansing and moisturizing threads here for ideas to try. :D

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(1186)

on September 17, 2011
at 02:49 AM

Could you elaborate on how you use the olive and castor oils, please?

2fbba2cfe386a13fd7888ccc0c50fe92

(205)

on September 17, 2011
at 11:26 PM

That's it! It's called the Oil Cleansing Method - http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ - I found out about it on this site, though. I just bought some jojoba oil to add to the mix because I've read it's the closest to our natural oils. I've started with half castor oil and half olive oil. They say you adjust down the castor oil if your skin gets too dry.

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on September 17, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Check out the threads on oil cleansing method. I loved what it did for my skin, but I'm just too lazy to keep it up.

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on September 17, 2011
at 04:26 AM

Tuna, almonds and sweet potatoes. Avoid egg substitutes.

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Within a few days of completely cutting out all dairy and grains my complexion drastically improved. I wash and moisturize my face at night, as I wear makeup, but just rinse it and moisturize it in the morning. It's smoother and less red when I don't wash it in the morning. I'm also following a relatively high fat, lowish carb version of paleo.

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6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Plain and simply, coconut oil as a moisturizer!

3f11b5fda91063846bba45daac3541bd

(1186)

on September 17, 2011
at 02:47 AM

It works so well to moisturize but definitely makes me break out.

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on September 16, 2011
at 11:29 PM

As I'm a lady of a certain age now, I don't have quite the oiliness issues of my youth. I've found that my skin has done best when I don't use soap of any kind on face (unless there is actual dirt on my face). I just wash my face using the hot water I'm showering with. And then because I have dryness on my forehead, I use a high quality but light almond-based lotion there.

For myself, I'm not sure how much of a connection there is between my diet and my skin. I'm pretty Primal at this point, eating very little dairy and fruit.

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on October 15, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Mostly increasing fat and dropping sweets did the trick for me.No more zits.Butter and beef tallow work wonders.

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