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severe dryness... paleo not helping?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

my body is severely dry, both externally and internally (skin, inside nose, scalp, mouth)

paleo helps somewhat but nothing considerably, been to a naturopath and i inquire about this every time and she just tells me to up my fish oil and take borage oil, once again this only helps somewhat

i have a humidifier and it only helps somewhat..

what should i do? once again its not like just dry legs it is systemic dryness, it is everywhere!!

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:54 AM

I just increased my carbs and noticed that my mouth is much more moist now all day. My nose is slightly better and my skin/scalp has yet to change. What are your macros?

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:19 PM

At home I eat over 60% fat in grams daily, mostly SF. I eat sardines or salmon two to three times per week. I also take 10,000IU of Vit D3 daily. And yet I still feel as dessicated as a brown leaf.

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:18 AM

I would like to know all macronutrient ratios, excess carbs is a problem, not enough fat is a problem.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:08 AM

How much fat are you eating?

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on February 19, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Definitely #1 and #2. Too bad when it's cold I refuse to give up my hot showers, I settle for a little dry skin.

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on February 19, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Or fluoride? Or chlorine? City vs Well?

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on February 19, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Hmm, could it be a hard water vs soft water thing?

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on February 19, 2013
at 04:32 PM

I'm the exact opposite. If I just use water, I have flaky, dry, itchy skin!

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Cfec3fb17e6d06f984ffedc2aae54920

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Could be lack of Vit D. It's difficult to get sun in snow belt regions.

Also, are you incl. lots of good fats in your diet?

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B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on February 19, 2013
at 01:59 PM

The only way I can get rid of my dry skin is to stop putting all oils soaps or lotions on it(literally just water), and to end all of my showers with a cold rinse. As cold as possible for as long as possible.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 19, 2013
at 04:32 PM

I'm the exact opposite. If I just use water, I have flaky, dry, itchy skin!

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on February 19, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Or fluoride? Or chlorine? City vs Well?

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on February 19, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Hmm, could it be a hard water vs soft water thing?

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on February 19, 2013
at 01:53 PM

Paleo is not magic. We have built a society where sick people can thrive and reproduce. Natural adaptation doesn't work in this scenario.

What are the primary causes of dry skin:

1) Cold dry air. A humidifier (like the one you plug into the wall) may help a bit, but what you really need is a whole house humidifier tied to your heat pump.

2) Hot showers -- Hot showers basically wash away natural oils. I usually start my shower a bit steamy so I can shave, but then immediately dial it down -- this, i believe, is what cured my dandruff.

3) Artificial products. Anti-bacterial soaps, artificial fabrics, "wicking" athletic gear, perfumes/ body sprays, some "moisturizing" lotions, etc. All cause the body to dry out. Try going as natural as possible. Use a natural, oil-based soap; Shampoo only as needed; etc.

If that doesn't work, then it's time to go see a dermatologist. Obviously your naturopath is inadequately serving you -- I would drop her too.

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on February 19, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Definitely #1 and #2. Too bad when it's cold I refuse to give up my hot showers, I settle for a little dry skin.

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:42 PM

Read up on vasopressin. It is possible you have diabetes insipidus or a syndrome caused by medication.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:13 PM

I had dry skin when I was 100% perfect paleo. I had dry skin on 70% fat paleo, and on 45% fat paleo. I eat a lot of fish and a varied diet

The things that really trigger it for me are dry air, alcohol, dust, hard water. My skin is fine in Scotland, OK in London and Iran, and awful where I mainly spend my time, the gulf, because the water here is desalinated and extremely hard, giving me dry skin, scalp and hair, and of course eczema too!

Take a bath, not a shower, with milk, oats and oil added.
Don't bathe every day (just wash the important bits).
Don't use harsh soaps.
Try the Eucerin cream with latate + urea + aquaporins. Get a humidifier

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on February 20, 2013
at 01:43 AM

I realize there are probably many reasons why some have very dry skin. My skin, especially the backs of my hands, have been like sandpaper no matter how well I eat or how much lotion I apply to my body. I think winter, at least for me, is very hard on my skin.

Right now I'm visiting my parents who are wintering in Florida. My eating is not as good as at home, I didn't have room to pack a lot of lotion, and I'm washing plenty of dishes in hot water. Yet my skin has dramatically improved in the few days that I've been here.

Don't know if it's being in the sun; warmer, moister air; or something else all together that's helping it. While I'm not looking forward to going back home to the cold (Iowa), I'm hoping that as it gets closer to spring and it gets warmer outside this condition will improve. Other than moving to a year-round warmer climate I guess this is something that will just be a challenge to deal with every winter.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:19 PM

At home I eat over 60% fat in grams daily, mostly SF. I eat sardines or salmon two to three times per week. I also take 10,000IU of Vit D3 daily. And yet I still feel as dessicated as a brown leaf.

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:01 AM

Many times this is a result of not getting enough of a specific polyunsaturated fat. It is probably not a lack of linoleic acid but it could be a lack of arachadonic acid. More likely though, it is a lack of an Omega 3, DHA or EPA. My friend had the same problem not to long ago. I told him to either start eating more fish or start taking a fish oil supplement. He started taking a fish oil supplement and his dry skin cleared up completely in a couple of weeks. Arachidonic acid is found in liver, egg yolks, and other fats from land animals, and in small amounts in seafood. EPA and DHA are found mostly in seafood. Sources are provided below.

http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/precious-yet-perilous http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

Here is more detail on the break down of the best sources for different PUFAs. http://www.dhaomega3.org/Overview/Dietary-Sources-of-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids

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33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

on February 19, 2013
at 10:50 PM

I have the same problem. The only thing I put on my skin(scalp) is a dilute baking soda mixture. I also take totally cold showers. I'm thinking the air here does have an effect but I wonder if I don't have some sort of fungal issue.

I guess I should mention that chlorine makes me sneeze a lot, like if I try to swim in a pool. Could it be chemical sensitivities from our terrible water that I shower in? It has a lot of chloramine in it for one.

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on February 19, 2013
at 05:04 PM

you do know what a humidifier does right it take's water out of the air.. go to your hardware store and buy a bucket fill it up with water put it in your room bingo. when I ski in the rockies I would fill the sink up with water, in the morning it all be gone.Because the air is so dry up there. where do you live ?

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on February 19, 2013
at 04:48 PM

A good supplemental oil like Pumpkin or Camelina will help your skin dryness. The Pumpkin seed oil also helps digestion, kidneys and bladder function.

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