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folliculits from ghee?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Ive suddenly started to get folliculitis on my legs. Suddenly one day..boom.. 10 big folliculitis. Ive never had this before. Ive recently added ghee to my diet. Do you think that ghee can cause this? (Its grass fed ghee from iherb.)

I mostly eat grass fed meat, a lot of fish (farmed salmon, macrell, sardines) and veggies. recently I also added a lot more coconut oil.

I think its something I eat that is the cause, because it came so sudden.

Do you have any advice? Or anyone experienced something similar?

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on November 12, 2011
at 03:46 AM

I got some dry skin and tendencies to folliculitis when I started eating a lot of coconut fat. I just lowered my intake for a couple of days untill it got away, and increased it more gradually. Today, I have no problems unless I eat more than 140g a day for 2 or more days.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on August 23, 2011
at 10:44 PM

http://store.puracyn.com/index.php/hydrogel.html Sorry the OTC version is actually called Puracyn. That is the link.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on August 23, 2011
at 10:43 PM

If it persists, try ordering Microcyn. It's a topical gel that that kills any and all bacteria, fungi, viruses while being gentle to the tissues and is formulated in such a way to avoid the microrganisms developing resistance. It really helped when I had a disastrous flare of folliculitis after trying emu oil

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on August 23, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Depending on the type of burn it could have damaged the follicles enough so that if you came in contant with staph at a gym or a pool (hot tub folliculitis is super common too) they got infected. If you used sunscreen it could be that also. Did you rub the magnesium oil on your legs where the spots are?

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on August 23, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Did you use sunscreen on the day you got sunburned?

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on August 23, 2011
at 09:51 PM

I first began to use magnesium oil before I got it. Could that "clogged" my hair follicles?

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on August 23, 2011
at 08:35 PM

First of all:thank you for a very good answer! This is why I love paleohacks so much:) I have to answer no to all of your questions. Not using soap/lotions/antibiotic. Living in a cold envitonment. Working out, but doubt that could be the reason. Maybe I have come in contact with staph. I have only developed to new ones the latest week. I was however very very sunburned on my legs the days I developed the folliculits the first time, maybe there is a connection there?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 23, 2011
at 01:44 PM

i am doubful that it's the ghee. you probably came in contact with staph.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 23, 2011
at 01:37 PM

I tend to get this from n6 and uncontrolled blood sugar. Which seems related to various skin conditions that I have had (rashes, dandruff). All clear now that I'm off the cookies and Fritos. Cordain's hypothesis is that dairy causes acne, but I don't see how ghee would be an issue. But Melissa's advice is sage, cut the ghee - see what happens.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on August 23, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Wow, I just googled it and this is exactly what I got a week ago. I will observe more closeley how it could be connected to my food intake. I think I added butter at that time, but I am not sure.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on August 23, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Wow, I just googled it and this is exactly what I got a week ago. I will observe more closeley how it could be connected to my food intake.

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on August 23, 2011
at 01:07 PM

Weird, I get that from nuts. The only way you can know is to cut the ghee out and see if it goes away.

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Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on August 23, 2011
at 07:44 PM

As someone who went paleo to heal folliculitis, and did, I can tell you it's probably not the ghee. Are you using some kind of soap or lotion? Have you taken antibiotics, any other medications recently?

My chronic folliculitis ended up being a combo of that and seb. dermatitis. Topicals would clog the pores causing the folliculitis reaction. Paleo helped alot, but it didn't go away 100% until I stopped using any and all topicals. I struggled with this for 3-4 years on my face.

What is your environment like? Humid? Are you sweating alot and wearing tight clothing? Since your diet is so dialed in, I would guess that this is another factor, as mine was.

As grenadine said, it's possible you came in contact with staph too.

Do you have hypothyroidism or any other auto immune issue? This also can explain alot. If you are hypo you might need more vitamin A or some iodine. WHen I had VLC induced hypothyroidism, Iodoral and lots of natural Vitamin A helped. Still taking the Iodoral. Too much fat can be inflammatory for hypothyroid patients (read: can be, but not always). This can be something to think about with increased fat consumption.

I would also like to add that raw milk actually really helped my folliculitis...

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on August 23, 2011
at 10:44 PM

http://store.puracyn.com/index.php/hydrogel.html Sorry the OTC version is actually called Puracyn. That is the link.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on August 23, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Depending on the type of burn it could have damaged the follicles enough so that if you came in contant with staph at a gym or a pool (hot tub folliculitis is super common too) they got infected. If you used sunscreen it could be that also. Did you rub the magnesium oil on your legs where the spots are?

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on August 23, 2011
at 10:43 PM

If it persists, try ordering Microcyn. It's a topical gel that that kills any and all bacteria, fungi, viruses while being gentle to the tissues and is formulated in such a way to avoid the microrganisms developing resistance. It really helped when I had a disastrous flare of folliculitis after trying emu oil

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on August 23, 2011
at 08:35 PM

First of all:thank you for a very good answer! This is why I love paleohacks so much:) I have to answer no to all of your questions. Not using soap/lotions/antibiotic. Living in a cold envitonment. Working out, but doubt that could be the reason. Maybe I have come in contact with staph. I have only developed to new ones the latest week. I was however very very sunburned on my legs the days I developed the folliculits the first time, maybe there is a connection there?

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on August 23, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Did you use sunscreen on the day you got sunburned?

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on August 23, 2011
at 09:51 PM

I first began to use magnesium oil before I got it. Could that "clogged" my hair follicles?

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on August 23, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Butter intolerance certainly does exist. I cannot say whether it's the same for ghee. However, this question made me think of the final post on PaleoPepper, which is exactly about this issue (butter causing acne).

http://paleopepper.com/2011/06/shocking-and-liberating-developments/

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 23, 2011
at 05:30 PM

It's highly unlikely that it's the ghee because it's almost 100% saturated fat with a little MUFA and O3. So you would need to be allergic to the fatty acid profiles within the ghee. Either that, or the minerals and/or vitamins in the fats. This why I believe it is not the ghee.

Milk or some kind of cheese or cream or butter is more likely. Ghee is the least likely of all 'dairies' to do this to you because it is the one dairy food that is virtually free of lactose and proteins.

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