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Can paleo clear up acne?

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Created March 02, 2011 at 2:18 PM

It does seem whenever I eat bad foods I sometimes get an outbreak of acne. I think slowly maybe my acne is improving but I want to know if I can clear it up for good with Paleo or if there is any other stuff people know.

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0 · June 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

YES! I don't know which aspect did it for me but I'm thinking sugar or dairy or both :)

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5 · June 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

ops, www.acneeinstein.com

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5232 · March 06, 2011 at 3:32 AM

Mine's practically gone. I am more sensitive now. Drinking too much, any gluten, too much sugar -- breakouts happen. This tells me that I still have a decently high amount of general inflammation and manifestation of that inflammation arises easily upon aggravation. Hopefully with time this will change. It helps keep me strict though.

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2713 · March 05, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Those of you who had experience with acne, would you mind sharing your experiences and tips here? http://www.paleoforlife.org/success/acne We're trying to collect all the anecdotes and compile them into a useful repository. Your help is much appreciated!

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160 · March 05, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Hear hear! Once people have stopped eating obvious "bad" food and made a few Paleo diet adjustments, there are *so* many quick wins to be had by making Paleo lifestyle adjustments (sleep, exercise etc.) without getting too caught up in nutritionism.

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6550 · March 02, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Absolutely. I used to have wretched skin (three prescription acne meds wretched); now I only break out after a non-optimal meal or when I'm under insane amounts of stress.

Because a lot of acne is related to stress and hormones, just eating paleo won't be enough; you need stress reduction and lots of sleep to help dial that last bit in.

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160 · March 05, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Hear hear! Once people have stopped eating obvious "bad" food and made a few Paleo diet adjustments, there are *so* many quick wins to be had by making Paleo lifestyle adjustments (sleep, exercise etc.) without getting too caught up in nutritionism.

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4086 · March 02, 2011 at 11:13 PM

I had very bad cystic acne for years and tried and abandoned all of the pharmaceuticals prescribed by the doc. What cleared mine up was Vitamin D supplements and almost 100% elimination of Industrial Oils and Sugar. I still drink heavy cream and eat butter almost daily, and have cheese occasionally. So in my case, Dairy was not the villain. But I can pretty much guarantee a break out if I eat meat fried in a restaurant oil, or eat a very high sugar dessert.

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5 · June 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

for acne look into acneeinstein.org, this man is amazing. I follow 99% of what he said, basically paleo and some supplements (you must read a lot!!!!) and am getting better. Also do not use make up. When I cut make up, all my red marks that usually fade for 6 months to a year started to fade for 3 to 4 weeks and my face cleared up. It did get worse before it got bette.r

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5 · June 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

ops, www.acneeinstein.com

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24271 · March 06, 2011 at 2:27 AM

It did not clear mine up but it helps. I echo the zinc and D3 and would put in a plug for niacinamide (topically or orally) as well. That is my holy trinity.

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7967 · March 05, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Primal, zinc and vitamin d supplements, very little cheese or yogurt (lots of cream and butter though) and my skin is finally clear.

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7967 · March 05, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Primal, zinc and vitamin d supplements, very little cheese or yogurt (lots of cream and butter though) and my skin is finally clear.

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1132 · March 02, 2011 at 4:56 PM

The third book by Loren Cordain is called The Dietary Cure for Acne. I have not read it, but would imagine he recommends a diet similar to in his other two books. Maybe you should look into it.

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234 · March 02, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I found that my skin was noticeably better after dropping dairy.

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