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Skin tone different since paleo

Answered on August 16, 2015
Created October 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Hi guys. I've been primal/paleo for about 4 months now. My skin was very pale before when I was eating SAD. Not sickly pale, but pretty pale with a slightly yellow undertone, it was consistently that color for 6 or more years.

I really noticed a change when I went to put on make up, that my skin is way more golden now. And people have been commenting on how bright and nice it looks. I have not changed my hair color or been tanning (plus it's not a tanning color it's like a real light golden color).

My MIL said it's because I must be eating a lot of carrots and other orange veggies, but really I'm not. I would say I eat the same or even less than I used to of the orange type veggies. Then she went on to say "well meat makes you gray, so you must be eating less meat." I told her no, if anything I'm eating more meat. (PS, and why would meat make you gray??).

I'm also NOT taking a multi vitamin supplement. I did just start taking vit D last week, but that's after the changes happened already.

Has anyone else had a skin-tone change on paleo? Why do you think it's happening? Should I get excited or expect it to go back to how it was before?

My skin has been dry since paleo and i've switched to the oil cleansing method, with jojoba oil. To my knowledge jojoba would not change your skin tone?

It would be nice to know what to say to these people that are asking me what happened to my skin, LOL.

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:26 PM

Well, that may be true for some but I have oily T-zone and dry, dry DRY cheeks and chin area! I was a horrible skin-care person for years and just recently started using Burt's Bees moisturizer because my skin feels like sandpaper! Just washing it didn't seem to help. Now that I am moisturizing, the dry patches feel soooo much better!

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Welcome to life with sufficient iron, I noticed the same thing.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Oh! And it's best to not put ANYTHING on your skin. Studies have shown that applying moisturizer, even 100% natural oils, makes your skin produce less of its own oil. So your skin gets dependent on it. I used to use a mix of jojoba/coconut/shea/avocado oils, but it made my skin super dry.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:04 PM

About 100% sure Renee is correct. I was going to say Anemia as well. Even "mild anemia" causes a change in skin color towards pallor.

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on October 29, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Anemia makes you pale and grey. Common with vegetarians. I'm not surprised you're more rosy now that you're eating more meat.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:04 PM

About 100% sure Renee is correct. I was going to say Anemia as well. Even "mild anemia" causes a change in skin color towards pallor.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Welcome to life with sufficient iron, I noticed the same thing.

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on October 29, 2012
at 04:56 PM

About a month after eating paleo, I started getting more comments about having "the glow," "bright/sparkling eyes," etc. I think it just boils down to providing your body with the nutrients it wants and needs. Enjoy the benefits!

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:32 PM

My skin has definitely gotten more golden-hued since I started eating paleo. An interesting fact that I don't think most people realize is that most green veggies, especially leafy green salad veggies (spinach, romaine, kale, arugula, collards, etc.) contain tons of yellow/orange carotenoid compounds, which help improve skin color. These yellow compounds are just masked by the tons of chlorophyll that are also present in these foods! So it's not just sweet potatoes and carrots that will give you a healthy glow :-) It is akin to how leaves turn yellow and orange and red in the fall when the green is absent.

In fact, there's a scientific study that found that people who eat more veggies have a more attractive yellow tone to their skin.

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:26 PM

Well, that may be true for some but I have oily T-zone and dry, dry DRY cheeks and chin area! I was a horrible skin-care person for years and just recently started using Burt's Bees moisturizer because my skin feels like sandpaper! Just washing it didn't seem to help. Now that I am moisturizing, the dry patches feel soooo much better!

F6ce9302d62d8b4a1ef2fc813c294770

(510)

on October 29, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Oh! And it's best to not put ANYTHING on your skin. Studies have shown that applying moisturizer, even 100% natural oils, makes your skin produce less of its own oil. So your skin gets dependent on it. I used to use a mix of jojoba/coconut/shea/avocado oils, but it made my skin super dry.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:03 PM

While it's true that more vitamin A can give you a more healthy, golden "glow," it's false that orange veggies are really the most reliable source of vitamin A. While they're chock-full of beta carotene, the average human is a poor converter of beta carotene into usable vitamin A. The best sources are animal foods, especially eggs, pastured dairy, and liver. Since adding a low-dose cod liver oil to my diet, my skin has gotten better as well. Clear and soft. And more resilient!

I'll also second what others said about anemia/meat. More iron helps. Also getting enough fat in the diet helps the skin look healthier (vitamin E perhaps?).

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on August 16, 2015
at 03:13 PM

Check your liver health. When starting on paleo, the body finally has a chance to detox from all of the years of poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. This process of detoxification can be especially hard on the liver. Throw in the saturated fats that are an important and healthy part of the paleo diet and you may be overburdening your liver for a time leading to yellow skin.

Even though we all know saturated fats from the coconut oil and bacon we love provide myriad wonderful health benefits, if you don't get enough choline in your diet, a key nutrient to proper liver function, your liver may be working overtime to clear out toxins, break down nutrients, and process hormones.

Try milk thistle to help cleanse your liver, and make sure you are getting enough choline in your diet from things like eggs, liver, or supplements. 

Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way after turning a deep yellow three months into AIP (no eggs and no taste for liver) and two years into paleo. I still have to be careful to balance my saturated fat intake with adequate choline or I start turning yellow again.

Best of luck!

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on October 29, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Eating even just 2 more servings of vegetables a day will change your skin tone towards more yellow, which is perceived as healthier and "glowing", whether they are orange/yellow veggies or not! Congrats!

Relevant article: The Secret to Glowing (Yellow) Skin? Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Congrats on finding your natural 'glow'! It's all nutritionally based, I bet, like samanthalee says. Also, more fats AND proteins will improve the color and texture of your skin, too. So go with it! My skin is also vastly improving (less acne/almost no acne, compliments on my skin) I work in skin care so this is definitely a big plus for me, lol.

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