So I started paleo to get rid of chronic folliculitis on my face. Previous to havng that I ha acne throughout my teens and used all the standard topical medications, as well as took Accutane. My folliculitis improved with plaeo but went away 100% when I stopped putting anything on my skin... no soap, no lotion, no cleansers etc etc. Well, since then, my skin has either begun an awful shedding process that does not seem to end or can;t seem to heal/repair itself. This is only the skin on my face as well, everywhere else is perfect. It is either very dry with flakes and redness, but sometimes nice and moist and oily. If I don't manually exfoliate after about maybe a week or two, it gets irritated by it's own dead skin and sweat and I get alot of redness... but then the exfloliationg causes more redness and irritation. I am using a microfiber cloth for the exfoliation.
Vitamin D level is good. Thyroid is fine. I started taking Iosol a month ago to help because I read anectodally that it helps with flaky, red skin. It does a bit. Have been taking FLCO about 2-4ml daily since January to help this... I actually think this is not doing me any favors with the Vitamin A... but the problem was there before FLCO. Switching to FIsh oil and borage oil to see if this helps.
I realize acne topicals + accutane probably damaged my face... but I am stumped as to why it doesn't really seem to heal itself. I am drinking LOADS of bone broth with extra gelatin and Vit C as well. Eating enough for sure. Diet ratios dont seem to change it either.
ANd as I said... all topicals flare the folliculitis very badly. Especially now that my skin gets so flaky, the flakes clog the pores and the flare up is unbelievable. Tried emu oil 4 months ago and the flare up was so bad I can't imagine using anything on my face ever again.
ANy ideas as to whats going on here? My skin barrier is obviously damaged and not properly moisturizing itself. My forehead can be very oily one minute then a bit flaky the next. WHy has this not healed 4+ months no soap, barely any water contact and minimal manual exfoliation?
Derms never seem to have a clue, they just throw topicals at me.
I do seem do have a flaky, but not dry scalp too. I have been "Paleo" for over a year. On and off raw dairy consumption but cut it out 4-5 weeks ago. Did VLC, LC, now trying moderate-higher carb paleo. Lots of beef, beef heart, sometimes liver (2 a month maybe) yams, white potatoes. No fruit, lots of greens. Probiotics.