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Better Skin/ Quality of the skin

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 09, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Does the Paleo way of life lead to better overall skin ie.. smoother skin and less drying of the skin? More of a evenening out of the skin?

30329ccb3577a55f74d6212b751fffb8

on September 28, 2013
at 05:14 PM

Can completely confirm that. My skin looks so much better since eating paleo. People even comment on how young my skin looks (nobody did while I was still on the Perricone diet).

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 10, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I also use only water. The only time I get dry skin anymore is if I used something on my face the day before. Sunscreen and lotion also make me break out, so I try to avoid them.

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(5136)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:45 PM

i have this issue and pulling grains from my diet (which was basically the only change i had to make to go paleo) seems to have worsened it. I think it might be a low carb thing having to do with the thyroid ( i had high tsh numbers and I've actually gained a little (10lbs) weight from just pulling grains). I don't really like carbs that much, and veg carbs don't add up to too much, so I kind of end up low carb by default, and i think that's been the main difference. I'm playing with upping my carbs and considering iodine supplementation.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 09, 2011
at 06:50 PM

OCM here like Vrimj. I also scrub lightly with baking soda. It has helped a lot but watch out if gluten comes into my body. Eruptions. Ick.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:39 PM

I wash my face with just water. Several people have been super jealous with how even my skin is for it.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Ìf you have dry skin the soap/facewash will remove the natural moist/fat on your skin. Just think about people who wash their hands all the time (more then necessary) they often have very dry skin on their hands. For those who have acne, washing with soap will damage the skins natural PH-balance and make the acne worse. I have the best skin I have had in at least 5 years now, and Im only washing with water (but I do use soap those seldom days I use foundation make- up). Previous I washed my skin with all kinds of expensive facewashers. The result was dry/acne skin and an empty wallet ;)

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on June 09, 2011
at 06:31 PM

I use a similar system called the Oil Cleansing Method. The idea is to let the healthy bacteria on the skin build up and balance things out. It worked well for me.

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on June 09, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Really? Just water? Why is that

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7fe08b47d7d073a906802a4170ae24bf

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on June 09, 2011
at 07:11 PM

My wife and I have seen dramatic improvements in our skin quality.

To really see dramatic result you need to strictly follow paleo AND be aware of what you're putting on your skin as well. We use all natural soaps. Beef tallow soap from US Wellness is AWESOME!

Increase fat intake has REALLY helped with dry skin. We used to use lotion all the time. Eating paleo we've completely cut it out.

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332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

on June 09, 2011
at 07:59 PM

My skin became much softer and a little more oily when I went paleo. I shave my head, and my coworkers like to grab/rub my head "for good luck" After about 2 weeks of paleo, they started asking me if I had just put lotion on my head, or what kind of lotion I was using because my skin was so soft. I also saw a reduction in razor burn on my scalp / face.

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29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 06:02 PM

My acne and shiny skin dissappeared when I went paleo. Not sure about dry skin, since that never has been an issue for me. But I think skin health in general will be better on paleo, also dry skin. I also recomend to just wash face with water, nothing else.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:50 PM

OCM here like Vrimj. I also scrub lightly with baking soda. It has helped a lot but watch out if gluten comes into my body. Eruptions. Ick.

Fbc742a58321a94a5ff1a9d723375855

(382)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Really? Just water? Why is that

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:31 PM

I use a similar system called the Oil Cleansing Method. The idea is to let the healthy bacteria on the skin build up and balance things out. It worked well for me.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Ìf you have dry skin the soap/facewash will remove the natural moist/fat on your skin. Just think about people who wash their hands all the time (more then necessary) they often have very dry skin on their hands. For those who have acne, washing with soap will damage the skins natural PH-balance and make the acne worse. I have the best skin I have had in at least 5 years now, and Im only washing with water (but I do use soap those seldom days I use foundation make- up). Previous I washed my skin with all kinds of expensive facewashers. The result was dry/acne skin and an empty wallet ;)

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:39 PM

I wash my face with just water. Several people have been super jealous with how even my skin is for it.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I also use only water. The only time I get dry skin anymore is if I used something on my face the day before. Sunscreen and lotion also make me break out, so I try to avoid them.

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30329ccb3577a55f74d6212b751fffb8

on September 28, 2013
at 05:15 PM

Can completely confirm that. My skin looks so much better since eating paleo. People even comment on how young my skin looks (nobody did while I was still on the Perricone diet).

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70c75942b975919dfbed8dddbd767b60

(289)

on January 10, 2013
at 02:51 PM

I realize people are different and in different environments, but if possible, I think it's better to prevent the dryness rather than trying to fix it after the fact using topical lotions, etc.

I personally seem to be having less dry, cracked skin in this Midwest winter, by eating more fatty meat and avocados. I've also been using only soaps made of saponified oils rather than the harsh detergents. (By the way, this is an interesting video about real vs fake soap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6E19OUBNhM)

My hands still get rough sometimes, because I have to wash with hard water. But it's nothing like what it was. Before, when I was mostly eating leaner meats, the skin of my fingers near the fingernail would get so dry that it would start splitting and getting all red and slightly painful. Sometimes it would get so bad enough that it bled. I've been on higher fat about 1-2 months and even after a shower, my skin hasn't cracked.

As for soaps, I use Dr. Bronner's and Trader Joe's oats and honey.

30329ccb3577a55f74d6212b751fffb8

on September 28, 2013
at 05:14 PM

Can completely confirm that. My skin looks so much better since eating paleo. People even comment on how young my skin looks (nobody did while I was still on the Perricone diet).

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742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on June 09, 2011
at 11:38 PM

I still have Roscea and Seb Derm all over my face, but it has made my skin less greasy and a bit more supple.

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on June 09, 2011
at 07:56 PM

I've definitely noticed better hair and skin. My hair started growing faster and has more body and does not get greasy as easy. I used to get occasional minor skin issues (dry / itchy skin, cracks, etc) and haven't had any of that since I went strict Paleo, though this also coincides with it getting a lot more humid recently, so that might also be a cause. I have also started taking vitamin D, first 600IU and now 5000IU, that might have some effect.

I had one spot on my ankle that had been dry and scaly for years, and the other day I noticed that it was completely gone, kind of strange.

Edit: interesting, I have always had minor keratosis pilaris on the backs of my upper arms. I don't usually think about it because I don't see it. I just checked and it seems to be gone?! I've had it ever since I was a kid (over 30 years).

Not sure if this is the Paleo diet or the vitamin D (only two significant changes recently), but wow!

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1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I still have issues with dry skin from time to time. It's a much bigger problem when it's cold and dry. Not sure what's going on but I'd love to get a handle on it. Maybe insufficient vitamin D???

Medium avatar

(5136)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:45 PM

i have this issue and pulling grains from my diet (which was basically the only change i had to make to go paleo) seems to have worsened it. I think it might be a low carb thing having to do with the thyroid ( i had high tsh numbers and I've actually gained a little (10lbs) weight from just pulling grains). I don't really like carbs that much, and veg carbs don't add up to too much, so I kind of end up low carb by default, and i think that's been the main difference. I'm playing with upping my carbs and considering iodine supplementation.

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6358086f3df792dc31d64e5f945c15e4

(80)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Paleo definitely provided benefits as far as less acne outbreaks with the absence of sugars in my diet. Also, just using minimal body soap (none on arms/legs/chest/face) quickly cleared up all dry skin areas i had

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