I completed my first Whole 30 August 30th. No skin issues at the time aside from some bumps in the backs of my arms (have always had them, the Whole 30 actually helped). Had some gluten/dairy/sugar the next day, and within 24 hours had a red rash on the front of my neck (in the crease above the collarbones). Went back to clean eating and no improvement on the rash - it also showed up on the insides of my elbows.
It's very similar to this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/115180/anyone-got-fungal-skin-rash-on-paleo#axzz28lpeBt12. Not sure what the original poster meant in reference to cholesterol?
Since the end of August, off grains/sugar/dairy about six days a week, and now am on day 15 of another Whole 30. The rash is still on my neck, still on my elbows, SO SO itchy and red. No pimple like bumps, just rough, raised red areas. And now my chest is starting to get itchy so I think it may show up there.
It gets much worse after Crossfit or running (heat? sweat?); I have not added any new foods, soaps, lotions, or anything in the last couple of months. Cannot figure out what it is! Have always eaten a lot of eggs and am down to fragrance free detergent and no lotion whatsoever. Even staying out of the sun to avoid using sunscreen :(.
I live in Hawaii so it's pretty much always hot... if it was simply a heat thing I think it would have shown up a long time ago. Lived in other hot locales as well, and heat rashes have not been an issue.
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on October 09, 2012
at 05:50 AM
I am an Acupuncturist who works quite a bit with food as medicine and I have seen similar issues with some of my patients after they make big dietary changes. Couple of questions: Is the rash dry, itchy, and flaky or is moist and weepy? Does cool water feel good? Do you have Asthma or allergies?
on August 29, 2013
at 12:54 PM
I am in similar situation, I suspect the clean eating means very low omega 6 fat intake which might result in impaired skin barrier and as a consequence skin can become more susceptible to fungal infection. I am currently trying to increase omega 6 intake from clean sources (nut and seeds), lets see what the result will be.
on June 16, 2013
at 06:06 PM
I too have found that I am more susceptible to heat rashes since I finish my Whole 30 and have given up most grains. I am pretty sure that it is yeast related, so any anti-fungal cream works. You can just get an over the counter "feminine itch" cream at a pharmacy. Cool showers and cotton clothes also help. The rash could go away within an hour of putting on the anti-fungal cream. good luck.