Leaky gut and skin manifestations - time to appear?

by 15 · December 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I am dealing with leaky gut. Aside from a paleo diet, I'm taking many supplements to heal the gut and to help out my liver.

I have rosacea (papular/pustular) as a result of my leaky gut -- what my liver can't process winds up coming out of my skin on my face.

Does anyone have personal experience with how long after a food/drink irritant was consumed for that to be expelled through the skin? Any article references would be great also.

I haven't been able to figure out for myself a time frame. My face will be getting better and then I will have a flare. I don't know if it is from something I ate a week ago or a day ago....

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922 · December 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Not exactly a skin condition, but my dandruff flares one week after eating several meals with tomatoes/peppers, wheat, or both. Tomatoes are out of season now, but visiting my folks in a couple of weeks virtually assures dandruff in early 2014.

15 · December 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM

I am still having reactions even though I've been paleo since September and I've been using a number of supplements during this time also.

I cannot figure out what causes my flares. A week will go by where my face is getting better, then I will have a flare, like now, where my face gets worse as the week progresses.

I eat a varied diet, but it's still fairly consistent. That's why I'm having a hard time figuring out what is going on.

0 · December 11, 2013 at 05:11 AM

Hi, I have been dealing with rosacea for years, as well as digestive issues and body pains (in other words, over all inflammation). By trial and error, finally linked it to gluten and dairy sensitivities. I find that if I eat gluten, it takes about 2-3 day to see a reaction in my skin. I also get wierd body things, like muscle spasms in my neck. It's happened too many times to be a coincidence! The thing about gluten is that it takes a long time to leave your system, so I'm usually inflammed for a week, at least outwardly, and probably longer internally....Are you still having reactions, even with Paleo diet?? Maybe try cutting out nuts/nightshades for a couple weeks, see if things clear up. You can add them back one at a time, but give it a week for delayed reaction. I should probably do the same, I'm sure I am over do-ing the nuts! Good luck : )

0 · December 11, 2013 at 03:36 AM

From my experience I see/feel an increased inflammation within a few hours after eating a food. However sometimes I may miss this first sign. The sign a few hours after can be subtle. By the next day I really notice if I have eaten something I am reacting to. I think around 24-48 hours after eating the offending food is when the skin reaction will peak. I think this corresponds to how long it takes for the food to pass through the body. If I haven't noticed anything after 2 days I know I am in the clear.

There is one exception which is gluten (wheat). A reaction to wheat can last a week or sometimes a week and a half. That is if you eat a large amount.

I've gotten used to monitoring my skin after I eat something. By now I know what foods might give me problems. A big one for me is beef raised with antibiotics. If I find a good looking ranch to try the beef from I will know to monitor my skin for 2 days after eating it. Other foods that give me problems are: onions, beans, wheat, restaurant Chinese food, crab sometimes, and farmed salmon.

One thing that has helped me is raw milk (unpasteurized milk). I notice reduced inflammation within an hour after drinking raw milk. After a few days of drinking raw milk my skin is largely cleared. Here is a recent New York Times article about how drinking raw milk and being around cows in general my clear allergies: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/opinion/sunday/a-cure-for-the-allergy-epidemic.html.

If I react to something I ate I will usually try to bring my diet back to basics. For me it is white rice, fish or chicken, olive oil, vegetables and dried cranberries. This eliminates all common allergens, is very gentle, and allows me to heal.

Some other things to consider for skin health are: humidity in bedroom especially in the winter, hats and helmets (I avoid them if possible), and body fat. My skin breaks out in areas of my body that have low fat like my forehead, scalp, back of hands. If I eat more over a few weeks to increase my body fat my skin becomes softer, more protected by natural oils and the overall condition of my skin improves greatly.

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