I do low-ish carb paleo/primal, not zero carb.
There have been significant skin benefits. I no longer have acne. I no longer have dandruff. I've been told I look younger (I'm 48).
It's a bit complicated for me. First, I've had rosacea since before going ZC, and that got a bit better, but isn't cured, and I'm not really sure whether the improvement was ZC related or coincidence. Second, after over a year and a half ZC I started having very dry skin, especially on the backs of my hands. After a couple of months I started taking iodine and it cleared up.
So in sum, I don't feel ZC changed my skin. I didn't fix my only real skin complaint, and the dryness problem I had came way later, and was resolved independently of ZC.
Edit: I guess I should add that I've never had an acne problem, so I can't speak to that. The rosacea symptoms for me were not the acne/bumpy kind, but rather hot facial flushing and the skin turning red in colour as if sunburned. My skin texture is still soft and smooth despite all of this.
I was a former ZC'er and it messed me up big time. My skin dried out (also became puffy and inflamed), I had horrible sleep, and I was depressed. It was also not poo friendly either :-(
This all manifested in a matter of a few months. I quit after seeing all these symptoms manifest and have introduced a copious amount of safe starches back into my diet. I leaned out and feel happier overall :o)
I wouldn't recommend ZC, but who knows, it may work for you. Give it a shot.
Though I'm curious to know what your agenda is.
When I was ZC, my skin looked the best it ever has. It was positively glowing.
But at the same time I was ZC, I was also:
So, was it ZC? Was it no dairy/gluten? Was it the well water? It's kind of hard for me to put my finger on just one.
I can't say my skin has changed very much in the 2+ years I've been ZC/XLC. Of course, I'm a middle-aged woman, so no change is a good thing from my perspective. I do tend to get dry skin in the winter, but that's been going on for years, and is largely a function of being in furnace-heated air all the time, I believe.
Eating higher-fat (I naturally settle at around 65% fat, but can bump it up to around 75% with some concerted effort--80% is really hard) seems to have a slightly beneficial effect, and not just on my skin, but on overall health and energy. But it requires a lot of effort, and the small benefits are offset by the fact that I usually have to go to dairy to get that kind of fat, and that gives me mild stomach pains.
All in all my skin is very clear on ZC, but it's not 100% stable yet after a few weeks. My theory is that acne is a reflection of gut health and flora, and going zero carb causes gut flora to reduce greatly, which may also be the cause of loose stools in the first days of ZC. Then it could take a while, maybe months, for it to adjust to a carnivorous flora, and for the intestine to heal if that is a factor.
There could be a chance that if meals aren't properly digested (due to low stomach acid for example), unfavorable flora and inflammation result.
Gelatin might shift the amino acid balance towards a less inflammatory one and aid collagen formation. Zero Carb is a formality sind it might make sense to include liver and yolks for Vitamin A, choline etc, and those will contain small amounts of carbs.
A mineral supplement might be a good idea if you're not drinking mineral rich water. Also other supplements like iodine/selenium as mentioned on perfecthealthdiet.com.
I've got a sebaceous cyst on my shoulder that's looking more unsightly now that I've lost weight. What's the paleo way to bring it to a head so it drains as a boil?
I'm nearly zero-carb, I'm told I look like I've regressed ten years, but every time I neglect my grey beard, the kids at McDonald's still automatically give me the senior discount on morning coffee.
Being that it's morning right now, don't ask how I look. Please, never ask in the mornings.
Just like Sunshine, my skin got worse on ZC. The first few days gave me some zits, though that stopped when cutting out eggs. After 3 weeks, nothing had changed. Suddenly my skin started to look a tiny bit worse every day (more inflamed). Now I'm going to shop for veggies, and maybe try some starch if that doesn't do enough.
Thank you all for your input.
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