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Hack my yellowy flesh

Answered on September 19, 2015
Created November 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

For the past few years, I've noticed (and so have others) that my skin has gotten a slight yellowy/orangey tinge to it. It's mostly noticeable on the palms of my hands, soles of my feet and on my face (laugh lines on side of mouth mostly). It's not overly noticeable (usually), but it's definitely there. Once while playing volleyball under those ungodly florescent lights, someone thought that I had tried to apply fake tanner and it stained my hands. It was also commented this past weekend that I looked "tan", even though I'm very fair skinned IMO.

The whites of my eyes are not yellow, so I don't think it's jaundice. My doctor is stumped. I was tested for all of the hepatitis's (negative), I rarely drink alcohol and my liver has been checked via ultrasound/blood work (normal except for elevated liver enzymes?), and nothing else has been flagged. I do eat carrots a couple times a week (too much beta-carotene?), but not in huge quantities. I don't really eat anything else that is loaded with BC besides sweet potatoes on heavy wo days, but surely they aren't making me change colour...

Thoughts?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 17, 2013
at 03:55 AM

if your colour change is mainly confined to your calluses (on palms & soles of feet), then i would suspect carotenemia/secondary carotenemia. if the colour change is all over, then may be it could be astaxanthin related.

either way, getting your thyroid function checked out as you are doing is a good starting point

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 17, 2013
at 03:53 AM

if your colour change is mainly confined to your calluses (on palms & soles of feet), then i would suspect carotenemia/secondary carotenemia. if the colour change is all over, then may be it could be astaxanthin realted.

either way, getting your thyroid function checked out as you are doing is a good starting point

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 17, 2013
at 03:49 AM

Astaxanthin is what turns flamingos pink (i think), if they don't eat foods containing astaxanthin, their feathers stay white

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on November 17, 2013
at 03:04 AM

Yeah I'm definitely going to check my thyroid. I also had an adrenal stress test (saliva) and reverse t4 test -- I'm getting those results on Monday.

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on November 17, 2013
at 02:22 AM

I do eat a lot of seafood, especially shrimp ... usually 5-6 times a week... I had no idea that could be a possible cause

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:37 PM

are you getting enough Vitamin A in the animal form (retinol)?

i seem to recall, as strange as it might seem, that a retinol deficiency will impact on the conversion of the plant forms of Vitamin A to retinol (& if you cannot convert the stuff, it accumulates in the skin)...

& sufficiency of retinol will support the thyroid (i think), & therefore support the conversion of plant vit A to retinol...all a bit of a feedback loop

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:29 PM

& then (also mentioned by paleot) there is impaired conversion of beta-carotene into retinol, known as secondary carotenaemia/carotenoderma.

hypothyroidism can impact on this conversion, see here for some other reasons

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:26 PM

another one is Lycopenodermia (too much lycopene), too many tomatoes perhaps?

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on November 16, 2013
at 10:30 PM

in addition to the coloured veg, do you do much 'coloured' seafood, seafood containing Astaxanthin, such as krill/shrimp/prawn

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on September 19, 2015
at 11:15 PM

I have the same symptoms and when I started to take curcumin for my sluggish liver my yellow/orangy skin started to fade back to normal. Your liver converts beta carotene into vita A, but if your liver isn't working 100% there can be a build up of beta carotene in the blood causing your skin to turn yellow, even though you're not eating a ridiculous about of beta carotene foods daily.. so I suggest taking extra care of your liver to improve carotenemia.

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on November 17, 2013
at 04:58 AM

Speaking as a person who has a genetic condition known as Gilbert's syndrome, which causes mild jaundice, I am very familiar with this topic. You say you liver enzymes are elevated, if so which ones and by how much? What is your direct bilirubin and indirect bilirubin count on your latest bloodwork?

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on November 17, 2013
at 02:40 AM

As @paleot suggested tweak your diet. I would add...... change only a single variable. Leave everything else the same, same diet, same activity and just cut back on the carrots for a week or so and see if goes away.

BC processing is thyroid related. Has you doctor done any tests to check your thyroid function?

The yellow skin & your earlier reported dizziness, feeling faint might indicate thyroid issues. Thyroid function is influenced by adrenal glands.... it's too complicated for me. Keep after your doctor to find the cause of your dizziness / faintness. Though it might be insuffienct food or rest.

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on November 17, 2013
at 03:04 AM

Yeah I'm definitely going to check my thyroid. I also had an adrenal stress test (saliva) and reverse t4 test -- I'm getting those results on Monday.

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on November 16, 2013
at 09:57 PM

This sounds like some mild carotenemia / carotenoderma to me. You could have your doctor do a BC / vitamin A blood test to rule that out, or lay off the bright fruits / vegetables for a while and see what happens. That doesn't sound like an excessive intake, but maybe there's some impairment in your bc->retinol metabolism.

"Carotenaemia is characterised by yellow discolouration of the skin (carotenoderma, xanthoderma), particularly in areas where the horny layer is thickened such as the soles and palms."

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