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Women: Have you noticed any change in hyperpigmentation (freckles) after being Paleo for a while?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I am especially asking women who did not have freckles genetically, but got them from hormonal changes, perhaps in from going on the pill or from getting older. I never had any (neither parent does to this day) until my mid thirties. I never wore sunscreen until I turned forty, mostly because I don't really burn (I am half-Japanese). I started using it then, but never really noticed a decrease in freckling. I am now 48.

Since most alternative sources seem to state that non-genetic freckling is caused in part by estrogen, and also sugar consumption, I hoped that going Paleo (and greatly lessening sugar intake) would have an effect. After four months on Paleo/primal, I see no difference (though the four months have included summer). I am curious if anyone else has noticed any change.

By the way, I have also been taking astaxanthin and have swapped my fish oil for krill oil mostly because I had read that it provides a natural, internal sunscreen. But the freckles are still there.

What has been your experience?

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on October 24, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Gosh, I've been using it every other night for about 3 years or so, and it has lightened them considerably, but not "cured" them. I would probably be getting better results if I used it nightly & used a higher concentration, but it makes my skin too dry if I do. Still, very happy with Retin A...keeps my skin feeling smoother & has definitely helped w/ fine lines. Wish I'd started it earlier than I did.

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on October 24, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Thanks Dragonfly. I was really hoping this would fall under "Unexpected Benefits of Going Paleo," especially because of what I understood about sugar being a culprit, and now we are all eating little if any sugar. But sadly, I guess not...

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Robin, that's good to know. I haven't used it yet, but have been wondering about it. How long did you use it before you noticed a difference?

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 24, 2012
at 11:26 AM

No, but I have noticed some difference from Retin-A (which probably isn't paleo). Not sure if what I have is really "freckles" or just "age spots" or some more general sort of sun damage, but either way Retin-A has lightened the dark spots. I'm about your age.

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Robin, that's good to know. I haven't used it yet, but have been wondering about it. How long did you use it before you noticed a difference?

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 24, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Gosh, I've been using it every other night for about 3 years or so, and it has lightened them considerably, but not "cured" them. I would probably be getting better results if I used it nightly & used a higher concentration, but it makes my skin too dry if I do. Still, very happy with Retin A...keeps my skin feeling smoother & has definitely helped w/ fine lines. Wish I'd started it earlier than I did.

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:19 PM

It's simply age, from what I can see. I'm 49.

I keep my age spots to a minimum (can barely see them) with an glycolic acid lotion (Alpha Hydrox has one without parabens.)

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on October 24, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Thanks Dragonfly. I was really hoping this would fall under "Unexpected Benefits of Going Paleo," especially because of what I understood about sugar being a culprit, and now we are all eating little if any sugar. But sadly, I guess not...

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