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I've had extremely flakey dry skin all my life. Creams & lotions don't work. Been paleo 1 month, but no change in skin. What do you recommend?

Commented on December 08, 2013
Created December 06, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I've had extremely flakey dry skin all my life. Creams & lotions don't work. Been paleo 1 month, but no change in skin. What do you recommend?

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on December 08, 2013
at 03:12 AM

if you are looking to try a new soap, i find goats milk soap to be a very mild soap

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on December 08, 2013
at 02:33 AM

Vitamin A would be on the top list. But honestly, there are so many nutrients in there, it is hard to pinpoint it on a single one.

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on December 08, 2013
at 02:13 AM

which nutrient, or set of nutrients, in liver would help the OP condition?

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on December 08, 2013
at 01:53 AM

It sounds good so far. However, I like to ensure it has as significant amount of EPA and DHA. I'm suspicious if those figures are not clearly listed. If it's unclear, I'd recommend trying a different brand next time, so you can get 1000 mg total EPA + DHA.

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on December 07, 2013
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Taste or body? If its just taste, try some good recipes. It's worth it.

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at 11:44 PM

Agreed. The weather just turned cold and dry here and I've been off liver too long, my skin totally dried out in a matter of days.

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on December 07, 2013
at 09:13 PM

@rosabosa Thanks for your input. It doesn't matter what clothing I wear, though, and I have also used unscented laundry products for years. I'm in and out of the warm shower as quickly as possible. I've been using Dove body soap most of my adult life, so I will try your suggestion. I'm beginning to notice I'm not as bad as I was, since eating Paleo for about a month. My husband repaired the humidifier on our furnace and that has helped, too. I've been wanting normal skin all my life. I had horrible exzema until about age 18 and it went away. If Paleo heals my skin, it will be an answer to years of hope and prayers!

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on December 08, 2013
at 03:12 AM

if you are looking to try a new soap, i find goats milk soap to be a very mild soap

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on December 07, 2013
at 08:05 PM

This might be a strange branch of paleo lifestyle, but I have a few suggestions that are beyond just diet changes:

-Shower less and only using animal or coconut fat-based natural soaps.

-Avoid fabric softeners and get mild laundry detergent and use the minimum amount.

Our skin is supposed to have a balance of flora like our guts and blasting it with detergents and even chlorinated water on a regular basis is not a great idea.

If you're worried about smelling like a caveman, which is not the goal here, just spot clean with a washcloth on in-between days. Also, your skin and hair will adapt after a while.

-Experiment with different fabrics. Silk/wool are natural and animal protein fabrics, cotton/linen/rayon are cellulose (can be a bit drying), and nylon/polyester/spandex are synthetic. There is a lot of weird stuff in industrial fabric (pesticides for one), so if you buy new stuff, make sure to wash it a few times.

Paleo diets aim to avoid over-processed, bleached, blanched, preserved, packaged foods. It makes sense to me to apply our label-reading, question-asking skills to clothes and body products too.

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on December 07, 2013
at 12:24 PM

@RationalGuard Thanks...I read the info you recommended. I appreciate the encouragement, too. I had stopped taking Omega 3 fish oil, but will begin taking them today. The total Omega-3 fatty acids is 300 mg and Ester Omega fish oil is 1000 mg. It also has (under Other Ingredients) gelatin, vegetable glycerin, less than 2% of mixed Tocopherols, contains fish (anchovy, mackerel, sardines) ingredients. It is molecularly distilled to remove mercury, PCBs, and other heavy metal contaminants. Do you think this is a good supplement? It recommends taking 1 softgel three times daily, preferably with a meal.

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on December 08, 2013
at 01:53 AM

It sounds good so far. However, I like to ensure it has as significant amount of EPA and DHA. I'm suspicious if those figures are not clearly listed. If it's unclear, I'd recommend trying a different brand next time, so you can get 1000 mg total EPA + DHA.

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on December 07, 2013
at 06:37 AM

Keep eating paleo and make sure you are getting the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio closer to 1:1 for good skin health (among other things). Take omega-3 supplements with at least 1 gram total EPA + DHA to boost the effort if you're not eating grass-fed meats. It may take more than that though to balance out the ratio.

http://chriskresser.com/how-much-omega-3-is-enough-that-depends-on-omega-6

My skin used to often get very dry, and lotion would take days to provide relief. It was after a few months eating paleo that people started saying my skin looks much healthier (in general). I hadn't even thought about it before that, and I even dismissed it until I heard it a few times. Then I realized I barely use lotion anymore, and it does look much better. It was simply benefit of eating paleo that just happened over a few months.

The body can take months to heal. Some benefits of switching to paleo from a standard American diet (SAD) are like healing broken bones or healing lungs after quitting smoking. It takes time for your skin to to change composition just like it can take months to become an optimal fat burner or months for weight to normalize. It doesn't just get fixed overnight, so keep up the healthy eating, and it can improve over time.

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on December 07, 2013
at 04:21 AM

i've always had dry skin, too. mainly my hands and face. my hands are the worse though and bleed quite frequently due to cracking all the time. i've found ONE thing that helps and it's cacao butter. i started drenching my hands, whole body, and face with it every day after i shower. my hands haven't bled in a few weeks since i started doing it. some days, i will mix cacao butter with olive oil, put it on my hands, and then sleep with gloves on. i have these special gloves for it but i've used socks in the past.

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on December 07, 2013
at 12:49 AM

@bukowski

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@Bukowski Can't handle any organ meats.

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@Bukowski Can't handle liver/organ meats.

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on December 07, 2013
at 02:17 AM

Taste or body? If its just taste, try some good recipes. It's worth it.

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on December 06, 2013
at 10:13 PM

Beef liver, 200g once a week.

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on December 06, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Agreed. The weather just turned cold and dry here and I've been off liver too long, my skin totally dried out in a matter of days.

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on December 06, 2013
at 09:24 PM

Are you getting enough vitamin e? This helped me some and I'm thinking of getting a full spectrum vitamin e supplement since I'm on aip

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