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Low Carb reduces Skin Discoloration?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 10, 2011 at 1:03 AM

I used to have dark pigmented skin around my neck, and underarms area. However, since I began my Paleo diet, it has become noticeably lighter. Is this one of the effects of being on Paleo? or it just happens to be coincidence? or is there something else wrong with me?

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on September 10, 2011
at 04:15 AM

Okay, thanks. Would you mind if I changed your title (or if you changed it) to something like "low carb *and* skin discoloration"?

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:12 AM

I am on very low carb.

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Aw shucks, I was just a quicker draw with the keyboard is all. I'm sure you had that answer **nailed**. ;)

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:18 AM

That's what I was just writing, but you said it better than I did Simibee. +1

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:12 AM

So, sorry, I'm still confused. Are you low-carb or high-carb paleo? Because your title is asking if low-carb *causes* skin discoloration.

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:10 AM

It's a good thing, I'm just curious if it's a result of Paleo. The way it's getting lighter, are in various small spots, not in an entire region.

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:06 AM

wait...you had skin discoloration and now it's gone? Isn't that a good thing?

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I'm guessing that you might have had Acanthosis Nigricans, or darkening of the skin, usually in skin folds like the neck or under the arms, which is associated with insulin resistant diabetes. Going low carb has probably either reversed or significantly improved your insulin sensitivity to the point where the skin condition was able to heal on it's own.

So no, I wouldn't worry - it's actually a pretty encouraging sign that your body is well on its way to recovery. However, if something's bothering you in future don't talk to the internet about it or cross your fingers that it will clear up on its own - please go talk to a doctor!

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Aw shucks, I was just a quicker draw with the keyboard is all. I'm sure you had that answer **nailed**. ;)

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(24553)

on September 10, 2011
at 01:18 AM

That's what I was just writing, but you said it better than I did Simibee. +1

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