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Hack my changing skin

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I have always had imperfect skin. I have outrageously oily, uneven skin, and scattered blemishes all the time. Enter PALEO...

My blemishes are gone, my skin tone has evened out, I have no pimples, and cannot stop touching my face. I spent all of my adult life scouring labels for words like non-comedgenic, and oil free, but now I smear coconut oil on it and it looks better than ever. What gives?

I'm not complaining, I'm just curious.

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:55 PM

I still haven't fixed mine. No confirmation on what is causing the grease. I need more testing to confirm I'm not insulin resistant as I came up negative on the fasting glucose/insulin test. I need a glucose tolerance test to really see if I'm insulin resistant to rule out it out. That and testing to make sure I'm not just producing too much testosterone. Just transitioning into Paleo. fyi, Some people find that eliminating foods from the nightshade family helps with acne. This includes white potatoes, bell peppers, egg plant, and tomatoes. Dunno about greasy face, but it's worth a shot.

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Seriously1 I wish I had known better when I was a teenager. My parents tried to feed us well--we didn't eat nearly as bad as some of my friends' families.... But still! I feel like I might have had a completely different high school experience if I had not had the skin issues that I did.

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:38 PM

This sounds a lot like my experience. I haven't even been very strict with paleo (still eat the odd gluten containing item--gasp!--and I do eat dairy). But, I think in general lowering the carbs in my diet and adding some cod liver oil/butter oil/odd bit of liver now and then has dramatically changed the texture of my skin. It's still far more oily than my husband's skin, but it is clear, smooth, and not irritated looking.

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on June 06, 2012
at 07:37 AM

@Arrowsican it's because paleo diet lowers and stabilizes insulin levels. High insulin levels increase androgen levels, and increase the effect androgens have on the skin. Androgens increase sebum production, and skin cell growth. That's why paleo often helps with acne.

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:59 PM

lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, red pepper

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:58 AM

What vegetables are in your salad?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:57 AM

What vegetables are in your salad?

43dc6da5605c3f306100b41bbfffabc4

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on May 30, 2012
at 08:21 PM

In all fairness, I dropped harsh cleaners some months before paleo. Just was my face now with regular old ivory bar soap.

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Well done Kimber! Might apply here. Might not. Most folk (especially the acne-ridden) are apt to use excessively harsh cleansers on oily skin which only makes matters worse (the skin responds by producing yet more oil). Did you drop a harsh cleanser from your arsenal as your blemishes disappeared, Kimber?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:08 PM

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

43dc6da5605c3f306100b41bbfffabc4

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:04 PM

It is incredible how much less oily my skin and hair are.

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:42 PM

I've had a similar experience, I have a ways to go yet, but it's much improved. The change in oiliness especially surprised me. Does anyone have any idea why you might produce less oil? I think it's related to gut health for me.

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I used to take flaxseed oil as a supplement, but since paleo I quit the flaxseed, my skin is soooo nice, I just use the lotion on my hands for the good smell, of aloe and cucumber!

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7415c0dac4f21762d3203c4c840d4a7c

on May 30, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. If your body is healthy, it stands to reason that your skin would be too.

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I used to take flaxseed oil as a supplement, but since paleo I quit the flaxseed, my skin is soooo nice, I just use the lotion on my hands for the good smell, of aloe and cucumber!

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:10 AM

I bet it's intestinal health. My intestinal flora changed so much when I went paleo because the grains and sugar I had been eating were literally feeding bad bacteria in my stomach, thereby causing breakouts, eczema and rashes. I added a lot of probiotic foods, started drinking kombucha everyday and my skin is phenomenal now. Whenever I have a flare up of old eczema I just up the probiotics and it's gone in a day or two. also vitamin D greatly affects skin health and paleo generally lends itself to more vitamin D intake because of animal fats. Cheers!

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Could you please post your meal plan so everybody who still battles with acne can compare their meal plan with yours? Please? What do you eat on a typical day?

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Breakfast: Chicken Breast, salmon steak, or coconut milk smoothie and some melon. Lunch: Salad with crab or shrimp ( and shredded cheese). Balsamic vinegar dressing. Snack: apple and 2 ounces cheese Supper: meat of some discription, steamed veggies, salad.

Occasionally snack on nuts, and try to eat at least a tbsp of coconut oil daily.

I listen to my body, so I only eat when hungry. But that's the gist of it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:57 AM

What vegetables are in your salad?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 30, 2012
at 06:08 PM

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

43dc6da5605c3f306100b41bbfffabc4

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:59 PM

lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, red pepper

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:24 PM

We tend to forget that the skin is our largest organ for detox. The liver is the hardest working, but the skin is the largest. It definitely stands to reason that when you put far fewer things into your body that need to be detoxified (food additives, preservatives, artificial colors & flavors, foods you were allergic/sensitive to but never knew it), your skin will look better. :)

When see people with terrible acne, sometimes I want to grab them and tell them it might be their DIET. (I say "might" because there are all kinds of other things that could affect skin health, but diet is definitely a biggie.) I just cringe when I see all these infomercials for acne products and not once do they talk about FOOD, and how what we put INTO our bodies so often is reflected on what comes OUT of our bodies...and "coming out" is not just through the usual excretory channels, but on our faces and the rest of our skin, too!

GOOD FOR YOU, Kimber!

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Seriously1 I wish I had known better when I was a teenager. My parents tried to feed us well--we didn't eat nearly as bad as some of my friends' families.... But still! I feel like I might have had a completely different high school experience if I had not had the skin issues that I did.

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:23 PM

"Alternatively, you see oil on your face when you first wake up, your blood sugar has dropped in the night producing the oil.

For more Paleo Diet hacks: Hack my changing skin - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/123754/hack-my-changing-skin#ixzz21dW4E2"

How do you fix this? I've been paleo for a month but GF, DF, Egg Free, Chicken Free, Seafood free for over a year now!

9426eec8c8385c90bdf843aa44bd5a4b

(200)

on July 25, 2012
at 12:55 PM

I still haven't fixed mine. No confirmation on what is causing the grease. I need more testing to confirm I'm not insulin resistant as I came up negative on the fasting glucose/insulin test. I need a glucose tolerance test to really see if I'm insulin resistant to rule out it out. That and testing to make sure I'm not just producing too much testosterone. Just transitioning into Paleo. fyi, Some people find that eliminating foods from the nightshade family helps with acne. This includes white potatoes, bell peppers, egg plant, and tomatoes. Dunno about greasy face, but it's worth a shot.

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9426eec8c8385c90bdf843aa44bd5a4b

on June 20, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Spikes and drops in blood sugar causes your skin to produce oil.

If you see a diabetic with a really greasy face, their blood sugar is really high or low and it should be checked.

Alternatively, you see oil on your face when you first wake up, your blood sugar has dropped in the night producing the oil.

Sounds like you stabilized your blood sugar and increased your insulin sensitivity to me.

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:41 AM

pics or it did not happen ;]

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