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New Skin Symptoms 2 Weeks into Paleo.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Help!

Just started Paleo 2 weeks ago (exactly) for my kid, a 7 year-old with two patches of eczema on his legs. 14 days later there are days when it looks better and days when it doesn't (we're taking daily photos for comparison), but he's now sporting rashes on his arms (inside near the elbows, not on the backs), plus the back of his knees.

We've been really diligent about following the grain-free and dairy-free model, and after everything I read I just anticipated his skin would clear right up rather than worsen. Anyone else have any experience with something like this? Did it get better?

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on May 26, 2013
at 06:46 AM

I hear ya. I have kids, too, so I can understand the challenge. If you can't remove all grains from his diet, try gluten free breads and cereal. Some brands are decent. He may just have an allergy to gluten, like my kids.

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Thanks. I didn't mention that I'm trying to avoid topical treatments (even natural) because I want to see if the diet itself will make a difference. -Then I know it's worth it, because taking pizza, cereal and the occasional desert away from my kid has been a challenge! I'm just concerned about why we're seeing things get worse when he has never had really "bad" skin problems. Going to the derm on Tuesday... (previous Dr. just prescribed steroid creams & told me to keep giving my kid milk...ugh!)

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:51 PM

Just as a general rule with 'new' things, you should try it six or seven weeks before making that infamous 'final decision' about whether or not these things are working. Unless, of course, some crazy-strong reaction is going. But I'm sure you know that :)

Okay, so you do want to make sure he gets enough saturated fat in his diet to help heal his skin. The eczema on my hands have cleared up with paleo, but I have to keep my dietary fat % pretty high, and perhaps try (though kids are a pain with this) to make sure his omega 3-omega 6 ratio is balanced. This should be pretty easy to do as long as he stays away from beans/legumes (which you didn't mention in your post), grains, and seeds.

Also, you did change his diet, and that will effect his hormones, so it does make sense that things are getting worse instead of better. In fact, in treatment of acne (which obviously isn't eczema, but I personally believe they are two very connected issues re: hormones, sebum production, etc.) two weeks is the 'hump' week, so to speak: acne often gets worse around that point, and often the individual feels like what they're doing isn't working. If they would keep with it, these individuals often see the results they want after the hump.

So, hydration (water + saturated fat), time, patience. See where he is in another month :)

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on May 26, 2013
at 05:26 PM

I'd vote for the Auto immune paleo, as being the answer! If you think paleo is hard..try the AIP. But, I bet that is where your answer lies. Check out The Paleo Mom

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on May 26, 2013
at 05:00 AM

For me, the skin changes have been slow. Just today someone was commenting on how extra smooth my face looked and good the color was. (I'm a guy, so, this is a pretty rare thing.)

Mine got worse before it got better (especially once I started using coconut oil on it.) I tend to set aside 1-2 mo. for results to manifest (and possibly get worse before they get better) before making up my mind whether the treatment is working or not.

At 14 days, just your hormones getting into the regimen could be throwing the results. You might want to look into eating more vitamin A, and getting enough D / sunlight. Then, maybe do check out coconut oil (and no soap/poo.)

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:18 PM

My eczema was worst when I was on a low fat diet in the 90's. I've had patches on and off but not since I started the paleo autoimmune protocol a few months ago. Also, I apply extra virgin olive oil all over my body after my shower. So I don't know if it's the EVOO, eating Paleo autoimmune, or just eating good fats or the combo of doing all three. Hope that helps.

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Thanks. I didn't mention that I'm trying to avoid topical treatments (even natural) because I want to see if the diet itself will make a difference. -Then I know it's worth it, because taking pizza, cereal and the occasional desert away from my kid has been a challenge! I'm just concerned about why we're seeing things get worse when he has never had really "bad" skin problems. Going to the derm on Tuesday... (previous Dr. just prescribed steroid creams & told me to keep giving my kid milk...ugh!)

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on May 26, 2013
at 06:46 AM

I hear ya. I have kids, too, so I can understand the challenge. If you can't remove all grains from his diet, try gluten free breads and cereal. Some brands are decent. He may just have an allergy to gluten, like my kids.

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