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Bacon - Why is it improving my skin?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 13, 2011 at 3:18 AM

When I started eating bacon, two months ago, I went through about 18oz per week for 3 weeks.

  • Pan fried, low heat.
  • Coconut oil

One week into this feast, I noticed how much smoother, oily, and vibrant my skin was -- my hands especially, and my face, and all over I suppose. Before, my hands had been dry, even a little flaky.

Why? Must be correcting a deficiency, but I don't know what it is...

Simultaneously, I had began taking 1tsp/day of high-vitamin butter oil ("green pastures"), and so I assumed that was the source of this magical improvement. But I stopped eating bacon, and kept up with the butter oil, and my hands and face fell back into their old ways.

Starting back on bacon this week, within just 5 days, BOOM. Brilliant skin again... Amazing.

Is it a certain fat, a vitamin, I don't know...

I always pan-fry bacon on low heat, in a tbsp of high-quality coconut oil. I never use anything but coconut oil for frying, so I think it's not my slight increase in coconut oil consumption causing this improvement.

... Follow Up: Saturated Fat content seems to be the benefit.
I'll verify this by reducing/eliminating bacon consumption while increasing other sources of saturated fat: Coconut oil, Avocado, Butter, Beef... Though, in my experience two tbsp of Kerry Gold butter per day isn't enough to replicate this bacon magic.

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on March 04, 2013
at 02:48 PM

i ate a whole pork belly yesterday and my skin is obsolutley glowing today, worth mentioning in this awesome topic

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on December 29, 2011
at 05:27 AM

Women in Japan and Korea love fatty pork because of the collagen in it. Hotpots and soups with pork belly are marketed towards women and it's thought of as a health food. Seriously.

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on October 14, 2011
at 09:07 PM

No other changes. Seems to be a very high correlation between bacon consumption and my skin improvement. I'll experiment further, and update this post, if I remember.

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:58 PM

if this is true, lots of women would gorge on bacon. The thought alone is very amusing.

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on October 14, 2011
at 07:19 AM

Anything else that you have changed in your lifestyle in the past 2 months? Just trying to find out if it is bacon or not... it's possible!

1446b1e0f500ab69ad82dea2b953fd8f

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on October 13, 2011
at 10:36 PM

When I eat bacon it's only a small amount, maybe 3 or 4 whole 10" (length before cooking) strips... So it's hard to say I completely replaced anything with it. Good point though. For milk, I've been off all milk for years, and in the past few months been on and off of Raw Goat Milk for 4 weeks at a time, with no conspicuous benefits or detriments.

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on October 13, 2011
at 10:32 PM

It's Pederson's brand. Uncured. Not pastured, as far as I know. I can't find pastured bacon.

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:26 AM

Yes -- what did you eat when you stopped eating bacon?

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:30 AM

Oh that'd be great. I was avoiding bacon because of omega 6 (I never ate it actually, I ought to try it one time).

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:11 AM

CAFO pig or free range? (There's a big difference in the fatty acid profile).

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E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Pork fat is famously good for your skin, which is why it's in a lot of cosmetics. It's the saturated and monounsaturated fats, vitamin D (if pastured), and selenium.

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:42 AM

What food is bacon replacing? It may not be that you are eating bacon per say, but rather the fact that you are not eating cereal or other foods. Or, it could be that your stress has significantly declined.

There is a HUGE link to dairy and acne. Did you drop dairy? Maybe its the fact that you are getting a lot more sunlight...

lots of possibilities.

1446b1e0f500ab69ad82dea2b953fd8f

(38)

on October 13, 2011
at 10:36 PM

When I eat bacon it's only a small amount, maybe 3 or 4 whole 10" (length before cooking) strips... So it's hard to say I completely replaced anything with it. Good point though. For milk, I've been off all milk for years, and in the past few months been on and off of Raw Goat Milk for 4 weeks at a time, with no conspicuous benefits or detriments.

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on October 14, 2011
at 09:07 PM

No other changes. Seems to be a very high correlation between bacon consumption and my skin improvement. I'll experiment further, and update this post, if I remember.

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:26 AM

Yes -- what did you eat when you stopped eating bacon?

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

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on October 14, 2011
at 07:19 AM

Anything else that you have changed in your lifestyle in the past 2 months? Just trying to find out if it is bacon or not... it's possible!

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on October 13, 2011
at 06:39 AM

I noticed this improvement as well, but i dont eat bacon, i think its more to do with high fat diet and coconut oil than anytthing else. Good stuff. I use it about 1tbs per day in cooking and it improved my skin a lot. Its now very smooth and silky.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I notice this too with pork in general as well as avocados. Fish oil makes me oiler but something about pork and avocado just really makes it moist and more youthful (although I am 22 so I havent really aged yet but have done some damage to the skin previously with benzyl peroxide + sunburns).

I think it is the n6 fats but we all know these are not good in excess... GLA is an n6 fat famous for improving the skin but as far as I am aware, pork nor avocado contains GLA.

I started noticing this because everytime I got a carnitas salad bowl at chipotle with gauc my skin would look really nice the day after. Then I tested both pork and avocado seperately and they seem to both have the effect on their own.

Avocados also have potassium, which hydrates.

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on December 29, 2011
at 04:37 AM

when i crave a bacon feast, and i really do some times, i soak my bacon in water to reduce the salt content. as an added bonus i think another added salt of sodium nitrate is also extracted. this is really easy to do and allows you to eat more bacon without that salt. when im limiting it to one or two strips i dont bother and go full flavor salty goodness. latter that day i use the pig fat to cook a few pork chops in and eat them cold the next day. Finally i pour the fat over my kitchen slop bowl and feed it to my dads chickens. then, i eat the fat in the form of eggs.

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