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Acne and paleo foods

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2012 at 2:37 AM

I became paleo, after being vegetarian for 15 years and vegan for the last 2, in the summer. Since the late summer I have been having issues with acne, mostly on my chin. I had never had any skin issues before, only the odd pimple. I have at least 4 spots on the go. I had added fish oil, nuts as well as switching to paleo. I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to what could be causing this? Thanks

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 14, 2012
at 08:02 AM

No... Not at all. I use carbonate btw, since Mr Peat doesn't like citrate...

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 13, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Any issues with it causing constipation?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 13, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Yes and it improved my sleep and my skin a lot. It also helps my 14 months old sinus problem that doctors were not able to solve :D

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 13, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Ya, I will break out in super acne if I drink a ton of milk or eat ice cream. Without it, I rarely have even a single zit.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 13, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Korion -have you been supplementing calcium?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 13, 2012
at 02:14 PM

Do you just dab some ACV directly on your skin?

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on March 13, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I'm not sure dosing fish oil is such a good idea. Eat some fish, fine. But adding PUFA in any form may not be such a good idea.

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on March 13, 2012
at 01:06 PM

You might try cutting back on nuts/fish oil. An increase in polyunsaturated fats could be the problem.

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on March 13, 2012
at 04:06 AM

Any Omega 3 oil gives me cystic acne. Sea Buckthorn (Omega 7) always clears my skin up. I eat lotsa nuts, eggs, and other stuff high in Omega 6's. I know the Paleo community poo-poos this, but it keeps my skin clear, and I seem to actually have less inflammatory issues than when I'm dosing up on 3's.

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on March 13, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Yeah, ditch the fish oil. It makes me break out, and I've heard others say they have the same problem.

It makes me break out in a big way along my jawline.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on March 13, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I'm not sure dosing fish oil is such a good idea. Eat some fish, fine. But adding PUFA in any form may not be such a good idea.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on March 13, 2012
at 04:06 AM

Any Omega 3 oil gives me cystic acne. Sea Buckthorn (Omega 7) always clears my skin up. I eat lotsa nuts, eggs, and other stuff high in Omega 6's. I know the Paleo community poo-poos this, but it keeps my skin clear, and I seem to actually have less inflammatory issues than when I'm dosing up on 3's.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 13, 2012
at 10:56 AM

It's actually quite easy to solve this. I worked for 6 months to get rid of chin acne, and for me it comes down to :

  1. Stress.
  2. Calcium & Vitamin D.
  3. Nut consumption.

Ditch the nuts, relax, eat egg shells and go out into the sun. Do not underestimate calcium, it made a big difference in my overall health. Gelatin and bone broth help my chin acne a lot too.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 14, 2012
at 08:02 AM

No... Not at all. I use carbonate btw, since Mr Peat doesn't like citrate...

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on March 13, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Any issues with it causing constipation?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Korion -have you been supplementing calcium?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 13, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Yes and it improved my sleep and my skin a lot. It also helps my 14 months old sinus problem that doctors were not able to solve :D

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on March 13, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I've had mild acne for the past ten years. Here's what I've been doing / going to try:

  1. I stopped washing my face with anything besides water. The first week or two sucks because your skin will feel really oily. I'd frequently wipe my face down with a damp paper towel. Fortunately I was camping for my first week...and didn't worry about showering anyways.

  2. I stopped washing my hair with shampoo. Mainly water and occasionally apple cider vinegar. This really helped clear up my forehead acne. I'm not sure if it was the chemicals in the shampoo irritating my skin or just too much oil, but it has helped.

  3. I've been trying to temporary eliminate dairy and nightshades from my diet to see if it helps. Since I've been traveling frequently, attending weddings, etc, I've had to eat some less than ideal food. I haven't been able to actually determine if dairy and nightshades help cause my acne, but I almost always get a small amount of acne a couple days after eating out.

  4. Trying to increase the amount of probiotic foods in my diet. Many paleo people say acne is a reflection of gut health. I'm starting to make my own pickles and kefir to see if it has any effect.

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on March 13, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Acne is likely indicative of leaky gut; that is, damage you have done to your digestive system while eating grains.

Focus on a nourishing, grain free, dairy free, legume free, diet for a period - it will eventually heal. It took me an entire year to completely heal my gut, and that was after growing up SAD, vegetarian for a couple of years, and raw vegan for a couple of years. Your healing period may be longer given how long you were dependent on toxic energy sources.

Realigning your gut flora will also be a big part of this healing process; I'd recommend something like a live kefir, homemade kombucha, or good quality yogurt; pro-biotic pills alone were never enough to really help me start building a positive gut population.

Food wise: personally, I focused on coconut oil to begin with and let my paleo unfold from there; these days I eat a lot of salmon, shrimp, grass fed beef, lamb, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, and kale - all slathered in coconut, palm, bacon, tallow, ghee, goat butter, pastured butter, and avocado. Try to stay as close to 100% gluten free as you can - wheat really punches holes in the gut like nothing else.

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on March 13, 2012
at 03:36 AM

Have you been eating eggs and dairy? These can cause issues for some people, particarly skin issues. I assume these were not included in your diet beforehand, being a vegan.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 13, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Ya, I will break out in super acne if I drink a ton of milk or eat ice cream. Without it, I rarely have even a single zit.

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on March 13, 2012
at 09:26 AM

I'm a big fan of vinegar as an anti-fungal. I've been using it for years to keep my dandruff in check. Everyone has these critters living in their scalp but people with dandruff have a low tolerance for them. So while acne is inflammatory, it is also contributed to by skin bacteria (propionibacterium acnes). Vinegar is anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal so you might want to give it a shot. And as others have already mentioned, you probably want to rethink the nuts.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 13, 2012
at 02:14 PM

Do you just dab some ACV directly on your skin?

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D80e105afbd746f5c7d749a5ffd9e280

on March 13, 2012
at 05:41 AM

For me personally, nuts and seeds as well as fruits tend to cause breakouts. As long as I avoid these, my skin stays blemish free. I think everyone is different in how they react to different foods because I've also noticed that cod liver oil, butter oil, and probiotics make my skin "glow" without any need for makeup or special cleansing regimens (and none of these cause pimples for me).

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on March 13, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Don't eat too many nuts, many are high in omega-6. And make sure the fish oil you are consuming is good quality from an origin/brand of reputation, not oxidized or rancid.

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