Hi all - I am in desperate need of help and guidance for dealing with acne. I am 24 years old, 5'10" 135-140lb female. I have been paleo for nearly a year. 3 months ago I made the decision to go off of birth control (which i began at age 17) due to the irregularity that it was causing my cycle. Since then my acne has erupted, and is characterized by painful cystic acne on the chin and between the eyebrows. I also tend to have some acne on my cheeks, but not nearly as bad as I do in the other areas. I have tried the oil cleansing method (25% castor oil and 75% sunflower seed oil at night and only water in the morning) and stuck with it for nearly a month, though it has not made much of an improvement with my acne. I have also added an apple cider vinegar & water toner into my routine and moisturize with jojoba or coconut oil.
I take fermented Cod liver/butter oil blend and vitamin D as supplements daily and am considering adding magnesium citrate. It is also important to know that prior to paleo I had IBS and autoimmune issues. I am happy to report that those issues have been resolved with paleo, and my digestion is back on track. I have been eating really clean (I generally always do) as of late, avoiding dairy (except ghee), nuts&seeds, nightshades, and eggs. I also avoid coffee and drink bone broth. Below is an excerpt from the food journal I keep.
Breakfast - 4.5 oz lean ground beef, 1.5 cups steamed kale with red wine vinegar & salt, 1/4 cup mushrooms sauteed in ghee, 1/2 avocado
Lunch - 4.5 oz lean ground beef, 1/4 cup turkey, 1.25 cups steamed kale with red wine vinegar & salt, 2 cups leafy greens with 6 olives, 1/8 cup slide carrots, olive oil & apple cider vinegar
Snack - 1/2 avocado
Dinner - 6 oz GF steak seared in ghee, 1 zucchini and 1 yellow squash sautéed in ghee, 1/4 cup raw kraut, 100% dark chocolate Bar
Breakfast - 1/4 cup raw kraut, 2/3 cup bone broth, 1 serving slow cooker chicken with carrots, parsnips, (tried to avoid onions & garlic that were included in recipe)
Lunch - Mixed greens w/ sliced carrots, 1/3 cup turkey, asparagus, 1/4 avocado, golden beets, shredded cabbage, and EVOO
Dinner - 2 servings slow cooker chicken with carrots, parsnips, (tried to avoid onions & garlic that were included in recipe)
Snack - 1/2 cup lean ground beef and 5 baby carrots
Breakfast - homemade bone broth with 1 tablespoon Brewer's Yeast, sautéed spinach, 1/2 cup lean ground beef, 1/2 avocado
Lunch - mixed greens with sliced carrots, 1/3 cup roasted yams, 1/4 cup cucumber, 1/4 cup celery, 1/2 cup turkey, and EVOO
Snack - paleo jerky and a clementine
Dinner - 2 servings slow cooker chicken with carrots, parsnips, (tried to avoid onions & garlic that were included in recipe), raw kraut, 10 raw baby carrots
Breakfast - sautéed spinach, 1/2 cup lean ground beef, 1/4 cup raw kraut
Lunch - mixed greens with sliced carrots, 1/3 cup roasted yams, 3 pieces roasted asparagus, 1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup celery, 1/2 cup turkey, and EVOO & apple cider vinegar
Dinner - Sautéed kale with garlic & ghee, salt, pepper, & brewers yeast, large piece of Alaskan cod, 4 raw baby carrots
Breakfast - 1 can tuna with olive oil, 1 avocado, 1/4 cup raw kraut, and handful of baby carrots.
Snack - 2 rows 100% dark chocolate
Lunch - 3 small baked chicken thighs (palm oil, salt, & pepper) mixed greens, slice carrots, sliced cabbage, olives, olive oil, 1/2 avocado
Snack - 2 rows 100% dark chocolate, 1 small chicken thigh
Dinner - lettuce with olive oil and salt, 3 small/medium lamb chops, sautéed spinach, 100% dark chocolate.
Pre-WOD: 1 cup bone broth with 1 heaping spoon of brewer's yeast
Post-WOD Snack - 3 leftover chicken thighs
Brunch - 1/2 cup garlic browned lean ground beef with chicken liver, 3/4 cup sautéed summer squash and zucchini, 3 pieces bacon, 1/3 cup raw kraut.
Snack - 2 handfuls baby carrots, 1 pickle, 1/4 cup artichoke hearts
Dinner - 6 oz grass-fed steak, 1/2 cup garlic sautéed kale, 1 med large baked sweet potato with ghee.
Dessert - 1 whole 100% dark chocolate bar.
Sunday 3/4 :
Post-WOD Snack - 3 leftover chicken thighs
Brunch - leftover kale, summer squash, 2 oz steak and 1/3 cup lean ground beef, raw kraut
Snack - 1 dill pickle , 2 handfuls baby carrots, 2 olives, 1/4 cup ground beef
Dinner - rotisserie chicken, small sweet potato, mixed greens with artichoke hearts and EVOO
So the big question is - where am I going wrong? Why is it that despite my efforts my acne seems to be getting worse? I am getting married in 5 months and I really want to fix this problem before then. Thank you!!