I'm looking for a way to make my skin clearer (I struggle with a little bit of acne here and there) while also fading some of the blotchiness from my teenage acne days. I eat a paleo diet and have found that this helped clear my skin, but not completely.
I'm just curious whether any of you have found that consuming more of certain foods has made a difference in the quality of your skin. What foods would you recommend I consume more of (or less of) to experience the best results? *Is there a cleansing regimen that you've found to be helpful?* Any input is greatly appreciated!
This may raise some eyebrows....but I found that my over consumption of O3 rich foods made my skin drier and more prone to acne flare ups. Also, prior to this i was basically low carb paleo which probably exacerbated the skin issue. I have since incorporated starches back into my diet like skinless potatoes and rice and my skin glows.
I do not use any facial products if i dont have to. coconut oil actually dries my skin out so i resort to almond oil if need be.
Drink lots and lots of gelatin rich bone broth. Also, I have read that eyeballs are as good as Restalyn, I haven't YET tried the eyeballs, but I drink a mug of broth with each meal. I think it helps the complextion, it's also great for joints.
I'm 48 and look about 10 years younger than my chronological peers.
Wash in warm or cold water, no soap.
High Vitamin D level: 91 ng/ml at last test.
NO gluten ever!
Coconut milk seems to make me break out, so no more of that... Dairy works fine for me--YMMV!
Gelatin 2-4 x a week, 60-70% fat, super-low Omega 6 intake (stick to eating mostly 100% grass-fed ruminants as your protein source.)
I use Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe lotion at night, mixed with 10% glycolic acid or retinol cream (by Alpha Hydrox). I alternate these nightly.
I love blue green algae supplements.. makes my nails and hair grow like crazy too! And I have tried just about every "hair skin and nails" supplement out there.. none have worked like blue green algae!
I recently started using coconut oil, its little embarassing now how smooth the skin is, almost like a womans ;) I also included kombu, dunno if it might have anything to do it. Perhaps its optimizing my thyroid. And less drying of skin. Some starch doesnt hurt too i guess.
Somewhere on here (Paleohacks.com) I read a thread on skincare and started using Castor Oil with Olive Oil to cleanse my skin and moisturize. I've not had any problems since then and going Whole30 even reduced the hair I had problems with on my chin and neck. I'm not sure which variable cleared things up but you could look around on the cleansing and moisturizing threads here for ideas to try. :D
My skin didn't go completely clear until I started following @the_quilt's leptin reset protocol. I'm at the point where I have had clear skin and NO acne for 10 days now. Very surprising...and quite welcome.
I had some luck before with coconut oil and got good looking skin, but I still had issues with sporadic acne.
edit So my diet is almost completely VLC Primal at this point. Some cream and butter, but no cheese or such. I'm finding that any sort of carbs above 30g or so exacerbates the skin issue.
I cut out gluten, sleep a ton, drink insane amounts of water, CrossFit/Bikram/lifting 4-5 days a week, eat a really well rounded diet - lots of brightly coloured vegetables and berries, and am generally happy and cheery all the time.
No rosacea breakouts in 5-months.
I will be adding thick tasty broth into my eating habits with the cooler weather coming. I want to note that I have noticed that if I don't eat eggs for awhile, then have a couple a few days in a row, that I will get a welt on my chin above a little mole that I have. It's the weirdest thing and only where the mole is. No eggs? No dime/nickel sized painful welt. 4-6 eggs? Welt. It goes away after a few days, tho. Something I'm N=1'ing.
As I'm a lady of a certain age now, I don't have quite the oiliness issues of my youth. I've found that my skin has done best when I don't use soap of any kind on face (unless there is actual dirt on my face). I just wash my face using the hot water I'm showering with. And then because I have dryness on my forehead, I use a high quality but light almond-based lotion there.
For myself, I'm not sure how much of a connection there is between my diet and my skin. I'm pretty Primal at this point, eating very little dairy and fruit.
Within a few days of completely cutting out all dairy and grains my complexion drastically improved. I wash and moisturize my face at night, as I wear makeup, but just rinse it and moisturize it in the morning. It's smoother and less red when I don't wash it in the morning. I'm also following a relatively high fat, lowish carb version of paleo.
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