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Acne problems
February 13, 2013
6:03 pm
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Hello,

It seems to me that one of the benefits a lot of people tout from eating " paleo" is the disappearance of acne. I've had the opposite experience. I stopped eating grains, starches, and sugar almost two years ago and now, at age 50, I'm fighting acne like a teenager. It just doesn't make sense to me. I am male, take a few supplements such as vitamins D, Ubiquinol, astaxanthin. I originally began the diet for intestinal problems, pain (muscle aches and spasms), and sleep issues. The intestinal issues have been helped greatly but the other issues persist. Anyone have thoughts or ideas?

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February 14, 2013
5:55 am
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How long has it been since you changed diet?

I went through a period where I got facial spots, collected in beard follicles. I recall saying to a colleague that I was as spotty as a teenager. Not covered, just one or two new ones a day. It passed. From memory, it might have been up to a couple of months in.

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February 15, 2013
10:34 pm
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wilsters:

Idea #1: Eating plenty of red meat and saturated fat, and getting plenty of vitamin D, may have raised your testosterone levels.

Idea #2: Have you changed your soap, shaving cream, hand/face lotion, shampoo, or any other toiletries?  You might be reacting to one of them, not to your diet...especially if this only started happening two years in.

For muscle cramps and sleep issues, try taking a magnesium chelate before bed.  Mag citrate is cheapest if you tolerate it, but can have a laxative effect.  I use malate, but glycinate and threonate also work, as does anything ending in -ate.  You can also try Epsom salt baths if you think you have absorption problems.

JS

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February 20, 2013
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JS...

Thank you for the response. Idea #1 makes sense as I have not changed anything regarding Idea #2.

I have tried magnesium citrate, Epsom salt and baking soda baths as well as using magnesium oil, with no real results. My stomach doesn't tolerate the magnesium citrate well so I will try the chelate version.

Wilsters

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February 22, 2013
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wilsters:

A lot of people find that dairy gives them acne.  Cheese and milk are the usual offenders (I believe it's the casein).

As for myself, I do fine with butterfat, and even whey protein is fine...but if I consume a great deal of cheese or whole milk, I sometimes find myself with a few zits.

So if you're still eating dairy, particularly milk and cheese, it might be worth eliminating it for a while as an experiment.

People with sleep issues are also sometimes helped by moving any starches in their diet from breakfast to dinner.  Furthermore, if you're a breakfast skipper, it's worth trying the opposite: force down a bunch of protein for breakfast and see if that helps.

JS

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February 25, 2013
6:42 pm
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JS:

Thank you for the additional thoughts. I originally went on the SCD diet for what I was told was a bacterial over-growth in my small intestine (naturopathic diagnosis). I had no real acne issues while on that diet, which does allow cheese. The bad acne just simply started about 1 1/2 years in with no real change from that SCD diet except that I eat less dairy. This is all why I was at such a loss about where the acne was coming from, and why the testosterone idea seemed to be a possibility.

The SCD diet also eliminates all starches so I consume next to no starch, with the very occasional potato. One thing I do feel like I have a problem with is getting enough fat.

Wilsters

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March 3, 2013
10:33 pm
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wilsters:

The latest article at Perfect Health Diet may help you:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2013/02/what-causes-acne-an-overview/

JS

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