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Super dry skin - Toxicity?

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Created February 10, 2011 at 3:32 AM

I Noticed lately that on days I supplement Magnesium, Potassium and Vitamin K, My skin gets really dry. Does anyone know if that is a symptom of too much of any of the above.

For reference, the Vit K is a K2 complex 2100mcg, the mag is chelated 250mg, and potassium is elemental potassium 99mg.

I only take 1 of each when I do.

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5838 · July 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Gk - While I haven't found the exact cause of my skin drying, I have eliminated all supplements fro some time now - simply focusing on trying to obtain as many vitamins and minerals through a complete diet. I have noticed improvements across the board. Also, if you noticed the drying feeling soon after, that may be a sign that something about that supplement doesn't agree with you. Best of luck

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5477 · September 23, 2011 at 5:16 AM

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/skin/vitaminC/index.html

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4764 · August 09, 2011 at 1:13 AM

These are truly minimal levels of mag and potassium. And I can't imagine any mechanism by which that level of K is problematic. Interesting though. I take all of those, often in high high doses (ie thousands of mg potassium, 1000 mg magnesium in divided doses, a mg k2 per day) and I've never noticed an issue.

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4764 · August 09, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Excessive retinol is drying to skin and mucous membranes.

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1159 · March 04, 2011 at 3:12 PM

@Qualia Just out of curiosity, why did you ask about the retinol?

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1159 · March 04, 2011 at 3:11 PM

@Qualia Out of curiosity, Why ask about the retinol?

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39841 · March 03, 2011 at 4:10 AM

I wonder if the sudden introduction of iodine has interfered with a feedback loop. If you're using a highly dense iodine source like L. digitata, then you need to keep careful watch over how much you're taking. I just take a small piece per day.

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5838 · February 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I've actually added seaweed to most dishes in the past couple weeks. Ususally a tin of Sardines daily. Other fish 1-2 times per week.

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2759 · February 11, 2011 at 6:38 AM

My hands are dry in S.D., too. Not as bad as before eating better, though.

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5838 · February 10, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I dont take a multi, nor retinol

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4359 · February 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM

You might be deficient in omega 6 then. It causes dry skin.

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22913 · February 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

chlorine from washing my hands in public has caused dry skin on my hands, despite the rest of my skin being amazing, and it only seems to happen with both winter and public water.

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5838 · February 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I have been looking into this, not for the whole house (I rent) but for the drinking water for sure. Thanks :)

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5838 · February 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Normally just some lamb, beef or fish. Occasional eggs, all of that cooked in pasture butter. Once in a while some spinach or chard. Occasional 1/2 russet after heavy training. Coconut oil once in a while.

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5838 · February 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Interesting for sure. Although I notice mine happens in the few hours after I take those supps. It may just be coincidence.. I'll have to keep tracking.

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22913 · February 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I'll second this suggestion. It's spot on.

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1386 · February 10, 2011 at 11:31 AM

do you take any retinol, maybe in the multi-vitamin?

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2759 · February 10, 2011 at 3:46 AM

Since these are supplements and not medicines try giving them up for a week (or two or three) and see if the problem goes away. If not, it's not the supplements. If so, add them back in one at a time for a week or two and see which one(s), if any, cause the problem to start again. Then try combinations of the various pills. Also realize that it may not be the active ingredients causing the problems. All those pills have binders and fillers which might also be the problem.

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22913 · February 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I'll second this suggestion. It's spot on.

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4528 · February 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Do you eat much fish and/or seaweed? Another possibility is lack of iodine in the diet. This thread discusses it's connection to dry skin in more detail:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/4717/my-skin-seems-to-be-getting-drier-am-i-missing-some-nutrients#axzz1DealRLo2

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5838 · February 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I've actually added seaweed to most dishes in the past couple weeks. Ususally a tin of Sardines daily. Other fish 1-2 times per week.

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39841 · March 03, 2011 at 4:10 AM

I wonder if the sudden introduction of iodine has interfered with a feedback loop. If you're using a highly dense iodine source like L. digitata, then you need to keep careful watch over how much you're taking. I just take a small piece per day.

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10 · February 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Yea, since going paleo, I have that problem. I am questioning the supplements as well but I am leaning towards a lack, or more accurately, the overall reduction of omega 6 oil because just four Brazil nuts a day seem to help. I am currently trying to isolate variables and I am not sure what is happening. Could be low thyroid output as well.

My skin looks dry and pulls hard when I smile, it has always been soft and supple. In addition, my face feels like a rubber mask as though it is not real flesh.

This thread brings up more points on the subject.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/20932?sort=newest#sort-top

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523 · February 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

You might want to consider issues with chlorine and chloramine exposure via your public water supply. While the chlorine levels in your local water supply may fall into acceptable ranges, according to your water board, the exposure to even small amounts from bathing in the water is very unhealthy. My family installed a whole house water filter to remove chlorine and flouride from our public water about a year ago. The difference in the smell of the water, taste, and effect on our skin has been very positive.

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22913 · February 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

chlorine from washing my hands in public has caused dry skin on my hands, despite the rest of my skin being amazing, and it only seems to happen with both winter and public water.

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5838 · February 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I have been looking into this, not for the whole house (I rent) but for the drinking water for sure. Thanks :)

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0 · October 29, 2013 at 6:11 PM

@ Todd. Super dry skin. I just started taking magnesium about 3 days ago. The pills called for 500mg of magnesium daily 1 capsule. On the first day, I took 1 pill and I was fine. I felt great. But the second day, I took one pill in the morning and 1 at night which was not a very good idea. During the evening I had to go use the restroom regularly after drinking water. It felt like I really had a strong urge to go to the restroom. Anyways, after taking the second magnesium pill at night, I felt bad. Notice it was now 1000 mg in 1 day. I was just experimenting. At night, I noticed I had a runny nose. I awoke with a sore throat, dry lips, and a feeling of tiredness. I also had to go use the restroom regularly during the night and drink water regularly because I felt dehydrated at many times. My eyes were watery too. So, it could be that your problem is magnesium overdose. I'd recommend not take over the recommended daily allowance. I feel like 500mg is already a lot for me. I may be adjusting my dosage later on.

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0 · July 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Todd,

I know your post is several years old, but I'm hoping you'll see this.

I am also noticing dryness in my face lately and I've been wondering about the cause. I can actually feel my face drying and wrinkling at times and I can see more wrinkles in the mirror.

I've been taking liquid ionic magnesium for a few weeks and I hadn't thought of it as the possible cause until just within the last hour when I noticed the drying feeling soon after taking it.

I've also been having problems with my hair thinning recently.

Have you found the cause of your skin drying and was it the magnesium?

Thank you, GK

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5838 · July 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Gk - While I haven't found the exact cause of my skin drying, I have eliminated all supplements fro some time now - simply focusing on trying to obtain as many vitamins and minerals through a complete diet. I have noticed improvements across the board. Also, if you noticed the drying feeling soon after, that may be a sign that something about that supplement doesn't agree with you. Best of luck

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12407 · February 10, 2011 at 7:49 PM

mine dries up horribly in the winter. i am starting to believe it's the dry heat in my house that dries out my skin. don't have the cash to put in a humidifier yet, so i just try to moisturize as well as i can.

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970 · February 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Todd - I, too, live in San Diego and my skin's been SUPER DRY lately, as well. I've just placed the blame on the multiple Santa Ana conditions we've had for the past few weeks.

My lips, face and hands have just begun to recover from severe dryness.

BTW, I also take K2 with 5000IU D3 (in MCT), 200mg Mg citrate and 300mg potassium (chelated) daily.

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5838 · February 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Interesting for sure. Although I notice mine happens in the few hours after I take those supps. It may just be coincidence.. I'll have to keep tracking.

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2759 · February 11, 2011 at 6:38 AM

My hands are dry in S.D., too. Not as bad as before eating better, though.

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4359 · February 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM

what do you eat?

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5838 · February 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Normally just some lamb, beef or fish. Occasional eggs, all of that cooked in pasture butter. Once in a while some spinach or chard. Occasional 1/2 russet after heavy training. Coconut oil once in a while.

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4359 · February 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM

You might be deficient in omega 6 then. It causes dry skin.

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