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.
i have an idea. My husband found out through a family member that his nephew had a similar problem as he did with only the skin on his face. His nephew started using toothpaste without mint and it helped him, did the same thing for my husband. Got rid of the flaky face skin around his beard area.
My husband was substitute teaching and mentioned the mint toothpaste thing on the downlow to a girl in his class who was having the same problem (hiding her face with her hair). Very recently she came up to him and high fived him. He didn't recognize her until she said thanks and that the mint thing had totally worked. She had a lot more confidence and her face looked great. (i thought that was a cool story, i was proud of him).
So 3 out of 3 people - maybe try getting rid of mint toothpaste/mouthwash. It's really in just about every toothpaste out there. Weleda Calendula is good w/o mint but my husband doesn't like it so much. I do though.
I had/have Seborrheic Dermatitis on my face and sometimes on my arms, together with acne on my face.
2 things have totally removed my once horrid condition and when using them it NEVER comes back. These two wonderfully awesome things are 100% organic witchhazel as a toner and 100% organic extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer.
This works well for me and as you can see below my skin is pretty clean now:
I also have flakey scalp issues but not when I use Dr.bronner's tea tree.
I'd be willing to bet it's a yeast/fungal thing. All that topical stuff probably eliminated all the normal beneficial microbiota on your skin, making it easy for some other less pleasant business to take over. You might experiment (topically) with: diluted ACV, as previously mentioned, or verrry dilute tea-tree oil, or very very VERY dilute GSE. I'd give it at least four days, as long as there is no exacerbation- this isn't a gets-worse-before-it-gets-better thing. Hell, if you're desperate, (i know i would be) it might even behoove you to skip the 'natural' route - esp if you don't already have that stuff on hand - and cautiously try some regular drugstore OTC anti-fungal preparations..
Sounds like your diet is pretty solid, i'd for sure continue to vigilantly avoid sugar and fruit until you're all cleared up. Good Luck!
I think it mainly comes down to accutane - which has been known to cause ongoing dryness due to its semi--longterm-permanent effects on the sebaceous glands.
Cold showers will do amazing things for you. I find even just having a comfortable warm stream of water will strip off far more oil than a cold shower. I believe the cold shower has therapeutic benefits as well.
I had the same thing, it always seemed to be around my face/mouth, scalp, and behind my ears. I was forced to shave off my beautiful man-fur (beard) because of it, I had facial dandruff, scalp dandruff, and I would scratch my beard until I bled while sleeping.
I discovered it was fungal, after (on a whim) I washed my scalp and beard with apple cider vinegar. Besides stinging like the dickens, it completely cured my itchy scalp and face, no more dandruff, no more itching.
So now I wash my scalp, face, and any other affected area (elbows and behind the ears) with ACV once a week or so, and it works great.
I recently received a diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis from my dermatologist after many years of dry, flaky red skin that seemed to need an endless supply of moisturizers being switched every month or so. Worst, it is apparently exacerbated by "too much" saturated fat in the diet. Anyway, it is apparently a matter of the skin's reaction to the yeasts commonly living on it, and so it's not a matter of being able to heal with time since the yeast never goes away. Hopefully this is not your issue, but if you haven't ruled this out then it might be something you'd want to look into.
You might want to try putting some high quality raw honey on a small area, leaving it for 5 minutes, and washing it off. My son has dry, flakey skin (not sure if it is exactly the same as what you have) and it made a surprising difference.
Yeah, I know what you're talking about. 5 bzillion different creams and nothing fixes it. Visits to the dermatologists, naturopaths, etc.
I cleared up all of my skin issues on my face with a light application of coconut oil right before bed. I tried it once because I was reading something on a paleo site about going no shampoo, and they had another post about what they did for their skin. Started talking about coconut oil, and since I had some in the cabinet for cooking, I figured I would try it.
I was quite surprised, I've always had a couple issues with flaking, and a lot of redness, especially around my beard. 2 days after I started it I lost all of the redness. My doctor asked me what I did, because she had never seen such a difference.
I have been having skin issues since I was 12 and my skin issues are one of the main reasons I got into healthy dieting, but I have yet to find a solution and a diagnosis to my problems. Every single area on my face is affected, except around the eyes (like a racoon), with small red bumps, clogged pores, dryness/greasiness(?), sensitivity and redness. Manuel exfoliation seems to help with the clogged pores, but it makes my face extremely red and irritated. My face is also very sensitive to temperature changes. I have tried almost everything but nothing seems to work.