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Acne problem I'm having since switching to Paleo

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Updated October 20, 2014 at 4:09 AM
Created May 01, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Hi Guys,

I was hoping you all could help me out with this. I officially went strictly paleo on January 1st of this year and ever since then I have developed an acne problem on my face only. I did search for other answers on this site but could only find a post where someone mentioned an acne problem only one month in. So....I wanted to try and get a better answer since I am much farther down the path and still suffering from the acne issue. Currently I am trying to figure out what I am consuming that is causing the acne. My money is on my fish oil supplement or the olive oil increase in my cooking....But I wanted to see what others thought.

About me so you have an idea of what I am taking:

I am 6'5" tall and weigh about 244 lbs. I have some muscle and I do workout a lot.

My fish oil supplement is: http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=149762&catid=183270&aid=338666&aparam=149762

I take two of these per day. One with breakfast and one with dinner.

My Multi is http://www.gnc.com/GNC-Mega-Men-reg-Sport/product.jsp?productId=4033435

I take one multi with breakfast and one with dinner as well.

Today is day one of eliminating my fish oil supplement entirely to see if it helps. I had been taking this fish oil supplement for over a year with no acne issues beforehand. Like I mentioned above the acne started when I went strictly paleo.

If my acne doesnt improve the next step I was considering was cutting way back on olive oil in my cooking. Could this be causing the acne at all? If I had to put a figure on it I would say I cook with olive oil once per day at least. I bring this up because until I went paleo I virtually always cooked with butter and never with any oil for that matter. This is why I am suspcious of the olive oil.

Im a little nervous because some people have told me that its a sign that your liver is working too hard due to your diet. Anybody hear about this?

Thanks for your help in advance. It is greatly appreciated.

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6426131e17a32a41cfc614251a77324b
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Interesting. Yeah Im trying to figure out a good balance between my fatty acids now. I think Im way off and thats whats causing it. However looking at the Whole9 explanation on the amount to take for fish oil.....Its saying that I am taking far too little which is mind boggling.

[Body weight in pounds / 10] * [Fish Oil Factor] = Required dose of fish oil per day

My formula would be: (240/10)*(.25) = 6 grams per day

Ive been taking like around 1 gram per day.........yowsers

6426131e17a32a41cfc614251a77324b
0 · May 01, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Oh its def not leaky gut syndrome. My digestion/gut is better than its ever been right now. I appreciate the help. Oil is my first test run at eliminating whats causing it.

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0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:58 PM

....do you have any other health ailments? look into leaky gut syndrome. if you think this is you, you have to heal your gut. if not, then i would start cutting things out of your diet and environment one by one until something clicks. what i've found with my eczema, however, is that your body KNOWS what is ailing it. i always kind of knew that my eczema was caused by my living space and nothing else. so, i would recommend doing some research, incorporating probiotics, and playing around with foods and stuff.

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0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:56 PM

eczema can be hereditary, but almost always is a response to some sort of internal distress (i would recommend healing it from the inside instead of putting something topical on it and not treating the root of the problem). if this is new for you, think back to what you introduced in January when you started paleo. it could either be a food allergy/sensitivity of something that you started eating or using, or it could be stomach related. for a lot of people, eczema is caused by an unhappy belly....

6426131e17a32a41cfc614251a77324b
0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Actually.....I do think its acne. My 7 month old get bad eczema on his cheeks and other places if he goes untreated. I could post a picture of my face.....

6426131e17a32a41cfc614251a77324b
0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Wow maybe youre right. I mean eczema has run in my family before. But its never been on my face like this. Could food be causing this? And should I apply something to it?

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0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:40 PM

are you certain it isn't eczema? does it itch at all? is it red? i suffered from eczema recently (it was an environmental allergy), and that's the exact spot that it would appear in on my face. it would come then fade and i would be clear for a few days, and then it would come again, always in the same spot. it LOOKED like acne, but most certainly was eczema. if it doesn't move around your face, it's eczema.

6426131e17a32a41cfc614251a77324b
0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Will do. As far as what type of acne.....Its not Eczema. It doesnt seem to get better or worse. It appears.....then fades away and then comes right back. Its like cycling in and out constantly with no period in between where I am acne free. Its located on my nose and just off of my nose on both sides under my eyes. No where else.

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0 · May 02, 2014 at 11:03 AM

You take fish oil supplement. Fish oils may cause acne. One of the side effects of fish oil is acne. Fish oil contains a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, which interact with omega-6 fatty acids to reduce or end your body’s inflammatory response. When you have a really skewed omega-3:6 ratio in your dietas in, way too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3your inflammation levels skyrocket.

6426131e17a32a41cfc614251a77324b
0 · May 02, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Interesting. Yeah Im trying to figure out a good balance between my fatty acids now. I think Im way off and thats whats causing it. However looking at the Whole9 explanation on the amount to take for fish oil.....Its saying that I am taking far too little which is mind boggling.

[Body weight in pounds / 10] * [Fish Oil Factor] = Required dose of fish oil per day

My formula would be: (240/10)*(.25) = 6 grams per day

Ive been taking like around 1 gram per day.........yowsers

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0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Will do. As far as what type of acne.....Its not Eczema. It doesnt seem to get better or worse. It appears.....then fades away and then comes right back. Its like cycling in and out constantly with no period in between where I am acne free. Its located on my nose and just off of my nose on both sides under my eyes. No where else.

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0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Ditch the GNC multivitamin. They're full of fillers and are now being linked to CAUSING cancer, as opposed to preventing it. Stop cooking with olive oil. Cook only with coconut oil or animal fats.

What kind of acne is it? Cystic? Eczema? All over? When does it get better/worse?

6426131e17a32a41cfc614251a77324b
0 · May 01, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Will do. As far as what type of acne.....Its not Eczema. It doesnt seem to get better or worse. It appears.....then fades away and then comes right back. Its like cycling in and out constantly with no period in between where I am acne free. Its located on my nose and just off of my nose on both sides under my eyes. No where else.

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