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How long does it take certain foods to cause acne?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I've recently had a decent flare up of acne that popped up over night, and my skin basically just doesn't look that great the last couple days. Im trying to figure out what it could be. My question is how long does it take certain foods to cause acne if the food is causing the acne? I'm thinking it could be from all the junk eaten over Christmas, would this be about the right time frame?

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on June 13, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Dairy is a direct precursor to DHT so it causes acne in many people.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 29, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Paul -no supposedly the lack of. As I understand it, using Peat methods, your metabolism is up regulated so you can burn through the Vit A too fast. (Which is why he says to eat Liver, which is my arch nemesis).But I am not an expert by any stretch, I may have that slightly wonky. I have consulted directly with Ray Peat. His recommendations for me were the exact diet he recommends for free on his site (when you shift through all the articles and listen to all the podcasts he has been on-like I have). I don't mind the peat way of eating, and am sticking with it for now.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on December 29, 2011
at 10:53 PM

@ Ashlee Paleo helped me a lot but that's pretty much it. Check out Ray Peat. Acne is not just an intolerance issue to some ingredients but related to hormones.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on December 29, 2011
at 10:50 PM

So the vitamin A itself caused acne? Have you ever consulted Ray Peat? He may have some hints for you. 5 Months are a long time. I hope it will still works for you some day.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 29, 2011
at 10:16 PM

Paul -I am a super Peatard, but am always reading/listening/changing. I have been eating Peat (I am talking 100% strict) since Aug 1. I had to give up on the milk and the liver. I really think the whole acne thing was related to the vit a issue. I will say, that eating Peat hasn't fixed any of my gut related health issues, even the much elevated daily Carrot Salad.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 29, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Thomy -My skin was good even on SAD. It was just the milk apparently!

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on December 29, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Well, if you look at the paleo autoimmune protocol, which excludes also nuts and eggs and if you choose grassfed meat (not fed soy, grains and other allergens) I would attest the paleo diet to be extremely skin improving. If vegans don't take supplements (vit. B etc) they will not only have skin like dolls, but also the vitality of dolls.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on December 29, 2011
at 09:40 PM

interesting! How much of a Peatard have you been? I incorporate lot's of his ideas right know. I follow pretty much the HLAF Diet. I also got some acne, but I eat liver 2 times a week and will give it some time. I read that 50.000 to more than a 100.000 IU of Vitamin A a day may be necessary to counteract the faster metabolism. Paleo is definetely not a clear skin diet for lots of people. If I would only decide on that I should probaby go vegan. I know some and they have skin like dolls.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 29, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Yup. Never had any problems with cheese. I tried (a la Ray peat), drinking both raw milk from grassfed cows (for a couple of months), and pasteurized organic milk (for a couple of months) = same reaction. I do use a dash of half and half in my coffee, and I blame any single zit on this. (Although they are not acne/scar/horrible -like from drinking milk). Technically I am allergic to casein, but going completely off all dairy for almost a year, didn't improve my digestion at all -so I still use cheese and butter.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on December 29, 2011
at 08:54 PM

Is cheese okay for you? And what about raw and pasteurized milk? It could be the heat labile whey proteins causing the trouble.

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:57 PM

+1 because I'm curious, too. I have been struggling with more acne since going paleo and haven't even had a bite of anything not paleo. Really curious what's causing it!

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D2db41500a9385fafe0f50e178717e80

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on December 29, 2011
at 08:47 PM

I've noticed anywhere from 1 to 3 days depending on the food. That seems an appropriate amount of time to gauge the effects given the inflammation response to whatever nasties were taken in. My girlfriend has experienced flare ups from coffee (daily intake, no creamer or sugar), so she backed off a lot and it's subsided. With all the delicious treats over the past few weeks, I've experienced a few breakouts, but now that I'm back on track, it's clearing up.

Talk about your body saying "NO!" to something!

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on December 29, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Too much sugar will do that to me overnight.

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Dairy (even the glorious raw pastured and fermented stuff either cow or goat), soy, and soy-fed chickens give me acne within hours. I haven't eaten gluten in years. I don't know how raw cultured butter will affect me. I have been on strict paleo for one month, and while I am still having twice-monthly hormonal breakouts which is spreading across the lower part of my face, they are less inflamed. A friend suggested that olive oil may also be contributing to the acne. I will need to test that out. I will give the paleo diet more time, and my gut more time to heal.

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on December 29, 2011
at 08:44 PM

This happens when I drink milk!! Hope you find the source.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on December 29, 2011
at 08:17 PM

A long time ago, I was your standard American foodie trying to make the perfect loaf of French bread at home. Such an unholy goal requires constant experimentation. Bake the bread, eat it, new pimple outbreak within three days.

Wheat, soy, and casein are what I am suspicious of nowadays. If I find a pimple, I can usually trace it back to one of these.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 29, 2011
at 08:15 PM

If I drink milk (no other dairy problems though), I get horrible acne within a few days. Normally my skin is super perfect, so I notice the difference for sure! Its definitely the milk (or as I have read, something like a lack of Vit A that the milk exasperates).

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on December 29, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Thomy -My skin was good even on SAD. It was just the milk apparently!

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on December 29, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Well, if you look at the paleo autoimmune protocol, which excludes also nuts and eggs and if you choose grassfed meat (not fed soy, grains and other allergens) I would attest the paleo diet to be extremely skin improving. If vegans don't take supplements (vit. B etc) they will not only have skin like dolls, but also the vitality of dolls.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

(571)

on December 29, 2011
at 10:50 PM

So the vitamin A itself caused acne? Have you ever consulted Ray Peat? He may have some hints for you. 5 Months are a long time. I hope it will still works for you some day.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on December 29, 2011
at 08:54 PM

Is cheese okay for you? And what about raw and pasteurized milk? It could be the heat labile whey proteins causing the trouble.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on December 29, 2011
at 10:16 PM

Paul -I am a super Peatard, but am always reading/listening/changing. I have been eating Peat (I am talking 100% strict) since Aug 1. I had to give up on the milk and the liver. I really think the whole acne thing was related to the vit a issue. I will say, that eating Peat hasn't fixed any of my gut related health issues, even the much elevated daily Carrot Salad.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on December 29, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Paul -no supposedly the lack of. As I understand it, using Peat methods, your metabolism is up regulated so you can burn through the Vit A too fast. (Which is why he says to eat Liver, which is my arch nemesis).But I am not an expert by any stretch, I may have that slightly wonky. I have consulted directly with Ray Peat. His recommendations for me were the exact diet he recommends for free on his site (when you shift through all the articles and listen to all the podcasts he has been on-like I have). I don't mind the peat way of eating, and am sticking with it for now.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

(571)

on December 29, 2011
at 09:40 PM

interesting! How much of a Peatard have you been? I incorporate lot's of his ideas right know. I follow pretty much the HLAF Diet. I also got some acne, but I eat liver 2 times a week and will give it some time. I read that 50.000 to more than a 100.000 IU of Vitamin A a day may be necessary to counteract the faster metabolism. Paleo is definetely not a clear skin diet for lots of people. If I would only decide on that I should probaby go vegan. I know some and they have skin like dolls.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on December 29, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Yup. Never had any problems with cheese. I tried (a la Ray peat), drinking both raw milk from grassfed cows (for a couple of months), and pasteurized organic milk (for a couple of months) = same reaction. I do use a dash of half and half in my coffee, and I blame any single zit on this. (Although they are not acne/scar/horrible -like from drinking milk). Technically I am allergic to casein, but going completely off all dairy for almost a year, didn't improve my digestion at all -so I still use cheese and butter.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on June 13, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Dairy is a direct precursor to DHT so it causes acne in many people.

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on June 14, 2012
at 04:37 AM

In my experience, I usually break out two days after eating something milky or sugary. In my old days when I'd eat sugary cereals, I would break out the next day.

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A39237551dac75eb36335098b0f5fa61

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on June 14, 2012
at 04:23 AM

This varies a lot. It can happen very quickly. For example something that causes an inflammatory or immunogenic reaction can trigger acne in a matter or hours. If your acne is affected a lot by hormonal fluctations, then the breakouts probably happen within a day or two.

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on June 13, 2012
at 07:39 PM

In my experience it took between 2-4 weeks for zits to pop up after consuming my trigger foods. That's probably why it took me until age 27 to figure out why I had acne.

After going paleo/primal, my acne cleared up after 2 months.

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134a704944b117a34aafbec598722991

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on December 30, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Dairy and nuts get me every stinkin time - no question about it.

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on December 30, 2011
at 10:11 AM

Hubby and I (who are both generally blemish free these days) both got zits within 3 hours of eating Thanksgiving lunch at a retirement home with a big commercial kitchen. It was weird, I don't remember ever reacting that quickly to a meal before.

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E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on December 29, 2011
at 08:13 PM

If it is a delayed food allergy or sensitivity, it normally takes 1 or 2 days. Difficult to find out which food was causing it, though.

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