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bad skin since turning paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

the skin on my face is really red around the cheeks, hot, and my skin looks dull and I have no idea what's caused this. I generally have a nice glow on my face but now i look and feel horrible...what could be causing this? yesterday i had a latte (always have dairy) nuts, some oranges an apple and liver for dinner, today i've had scrambled eggs with 3 slices of turkey, coffee, and some almonds... any ideas?

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on August 30, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Yeah, probably.

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on August 29, 2013
at 10:06 PM

Probably the best answer is wait it out for a bit.

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on August 29, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Is there anything you are eating more of now? Say eggs, for example? An egg (or other) allergy could be a problem. Cordain says that dairy is problematic for skin (acne), but I haven't looked at the evidence.

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on August 29, 2013
at 04:59 PM

put bread back into your diet and see if your skin gets better. If not, then that probably wasn't the source.

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on August 29, 2013
at 03:37 PM

about a week ago, and all i really had to eliminate was bread, i didn't eat a lot of junk...

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on August 29, 2013
at 03:27 PM

how long have you "turned paleo"

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 29, 2013
at 06:45 PM

Did turning paleo cause your bad skin? Maybe.

I see this common logical fallacy here on PH so often that I feel I must address it. It is the 'Post hoc ergo propter hoc' fallacy or "after this, therefore because of this".

It's easy to assume that because you made a change in your diet, and then your skin got worse, that it was caused by the change in diet. But there is really no way for us to know for sure.

A change in the season, weather, your stress levels, your hormones or other environmental factors/toxins could as easily affect your health and the health of your skin.

I agree with the above comment that if your skin gets better after adding bread back then maybe (MAYBE) eliminating bread caused the problem. Perhaps your face can't handle all the extra vitamins and minerals! (Okay, that was snarky)

Personally, my skin is worse (dandruff, acne, rashes) when my blood sugar is not well controlled. But that's me.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 29, 2013
at 10:06 PM

Probably the best answer is wait it out for a bit.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 30, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Yeah, probably.

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on August 29, 2013
at 07:20 PM

I have the same problem and here's my personal theory. Once I cut out gluten, which I ate exclusively in the form of whole wheat bread and pastas, and nightshades, which I ate huge amounts of daily, in order to control the severe dermatitis on my body,I started to develop acne for the first time I my life (I'm in my late 40s).

I now think it's because I'm not getting huge amounts of vitamins E in wheat germ oil and C in tomato products. So I started supplementing with vitamins E 2x per week a couple of weeks ago and 1000mg of C per day a couple of days ago. My skin is starting to clear up. It's too soon to tell, of course. Maybe I'll post a question in a month or so if my skin continues to improve and see if anyone else can reproduce these results.

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on August 29, 2013
at 06:25 PM

I developed an egg and dairy [even raw] allergy when turning paleo (which I have been for 6 months). Before I could eat eggs no problem, but now they cause little red bumps to crop up on my face. Trying cutting eggs maybe?

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on August 29, 2013
at 06:24 PM

I've always struggled with having oily skin and acne. However, since I went Paleo 2 1/2 months ago my skin has improved. It's not oily any longer and has cleared up. I get the odd pimple here or there, but nothing like it used to be.

Hopefully it gets better for you as well.

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on August 29, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Hi Zoe...I feel your pain. It sounds like an allergy? Maybe a delayed allergy, which is the worst to figure out. It sounds crazy by try sticking to some foods to which you know that you don't have an allergy - I think rice, egg yolk, zucchini, carrot, squash and maybe onion allergies are pretty rare, and beef broth allergy also seems rare. I don't know if your digestion is off, but try some food that is really easy to digest because it's been simmered and is soft, and see if that helps your skin. Basically, it's food you might eat when you're sick and you're not sick but your skin might indicate everything is not quite up to snuff?

I think when one tries to eat paleo, it can be a huge change from what you were eating before - and sometimes people find their stomach acid, digestion, skin, mood, allergy issues, etc. can crop up - especially from nuts, even fruit. I was one of those people who thought that if it makes sense, it has to work, and would try even harder to fit myself into the mold of the diet. but just stop, think about why you're doing it, and ask yourself if you have to do it. it might not be for you. and if you have any other health issues that make you think you HAVE to do the paleo diet, well, track your nutrients and see if you are getting 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for everything- Vitamin A, E, C, B2, B5, Biotin, B12, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium, iodine, silica, etc. Those are all important nutrients with huge effects on your skin quality.

Specific carbohydrate diet, gaps diet, perfect health diet, might be some better places for you to start reading and understanding depending on your medical history of X, Y, or Z. I don't know anything about you but good luck!

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on August 29, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Obvious answer... just wait it out! Most people won't see results until at least 20-30 days into eating paleo. It can be a life changing experience, don't expect it to happen so quickly, especially if you aren't very strict and are really only dieting "paleoish".

Your body has to adapt to new ways of your dieting, this can cause some minor problems but they will more than likely vanish completely if you just stick to it.

Good luck!

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