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Retinol Supplements? Hormones? Paleo hasn't cured my chin ACNE...

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Created June 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I've tried everything. I take zinc, it helps, but my chin still breaks out. HELP

I've heard my hormones might be causing it, unbalanced? I'm 25, male.

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on July 02, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Nah, Ray Peat is about eating whenever the hell you want to. The sugar part is true though.

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:59 AM

Well do you want to get rid of your acne or not?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:29 AM

I heard ray peat is about eating constantly and lots of sugar. Doesn't sound healthy.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:28 AM

No dairy, but I'm starting to think eggs might be the culprit. I get the Egglands Best Omega 3 eggs.

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on June 18, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Yeah, granted I'm still a young male, but i think anytime I have acne along my jaw line, my favorite greek yogurt is to blame (unfortunately).

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Because of the location of the acne, I suspected dairy too. I always get the big nasty ones on my chin after I've gone on a cheese bender. Dairy really messes with your hormones!

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 17, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Not all health issues can be treated by diet completely. There are a number of factors that affect acne. Hormones > heredity > stress > bacteria > diet.

Acne sucks, it hurts and it's embarrassing until you realize that anybody that matters doesn't notice or couldn't care less. Acne isn't the end of the world. Go take a close up look at Harrison Ford, Robert Redford or Chris Pine.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:26 AM

Only thing that cured my acne is a Ray Peat style nutrition approach(which is pretty darn paleo)

Kinda difficult at first to piece all his info together but it is worth it - raypeat.com

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on June 29, 2012
at 03:29 AM

I heard ray peat is about eating constantly and lots of sugar. Doesn't sound healthy.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 29, 2012
at 04:59 AM

Well do you want to get rid of your acne or not?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 02, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Nah, Ray Peat is about eating whenever the hell you want to. The sugar part is true though.

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1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on June 17, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Hey, quick question first: Do you still consume any dairy or nuts? I've found that either these (beyond butter/ghee & macadamia respectively) can make mine flare up.

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(4878)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Because of the location of the acne, I suspected dairy too. I always get the big nasty ones on my chin after I've gone on a cheese bender. Dairy really messes with your hormones!

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on June 18, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Yeah, granted I'm still a young male, but i think anytime I have acne along my jaw line, my favorite greek yogurt is to blame (unfortunately).

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on June 29, 2012
at 03:28 AM

No dairy, but I'm starting to think eggs might be the culprit. I get the Egglands Best Omega 3 eggs.

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A39237551dac75eb36335098b0f5fa61

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:22 AM

It's not that hormones are unbalanced as such. Studies show that acne patients may have somewhat higher levels of certain hormones (such as IGF-1), but other studies don't show much of a difference between acne patients and those with clear skin. It's more to do with the fact that acne-prone skin is far more sensitive to those hormones.

Even at normal levels insulin, IGF-1, and many androgens cause excess sebum production, skin cell division and increase inflammation in acne-prone skin - thanks to genes. See a more comprehensive explanation here: http://www.acneeinstein.com/hormonal-acne/

Getting over adult acne is quite complicated. Diet-wise the best you can do is to keep insulin and IGF-1 levels low. Simply because they enhance the effect androgens have on the skin, they also stimulate the release of various androgens from the liver. Gut healing, stress management and smart topical treatments are other things one can try.

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on June 17, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Well, and this is just my opinion, but acne may be caused by bacteria, like staph, that you naturally carry on your fingers hands and body. Try washing your hands/chin with Hibiclens (found at CVS), and try to figure out if you unconsciously touch your face/chin a lot. Also, clean your cell phone off with rubbing alcohol.

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