Hey guys, I'm a seventeen year-old girl and I've got a bout of acne that won't go away. It started back in October 2011 and it hasn't gone away. I've been relatively paleo since December 2010, and until October, I only got zits in my t-zone and they only got inflamed and nasty if I picked at them. So those were fairly normal and tolerable. Now let me break down what's going on with this new break out:
There's some good reason to believe I'm going through a "second puberty" as I often jokingly call it. My chest seems to think so, as I now fill out my bras a bit better
My dairy consumption has gone up a bit since September. I'm currently cutting all but hard cheeses during Lent and I'm hoping that will do it. What's your thoughts on this? I've had dairy before without too much issue before.
My skin is super sensitive. Tap water leaves my skin burning, peeling, and redder than a steamed lobster. I've stopped washing my face a couple weeks ago. My pores seem no different than when I was cleansing via oil cleansing method or even using a mild neutrogena cleanser.
I'm currently supplementing with 50mg of Zinc, 2000 IU of Vitamin D (I never get enough sun), 1200mg of fish oil, and 2000mg of Vitamin C. I added the Zinc, D, and fish oil a week ago. I eat quite a bit of bacon (I always have), but I'm hoping the fish oil might offset whatever the O3-O6 ratio is contributing. When should I expect results from that?
I'm on the verge of taking antibiotics (I think we all know why that's a bad idea), and my dad is poking fun at my face in public because I refused the tetracycline routine he's offered (he's taking things a bit personally-- he's the biggest Korg in the family). I've got a powerful topical antibiotic, but naturally I'm apprehensive on taking it.
Any other advice guys? Do you think my acne is just a little hormonal blip that will end in a few months?
Acne on the chin usually means stress : bad sleep, just standard school stress, ... You often see it in older women (one zit on the side of their chin, like my mother, my aunt, and many other women I saw).
What could really help you is a diet high in fruit and root veggies, coconut oil, gelatin, organs, bone broth etc. and low(er) in muscle meat, leafy greens, ... Ditch the chicken and the pork.
Liver will give you retinol, which should really help with your acne, especially if you don't wanna quit dairy.
Paleo often puts too much emphasis on going low in carbs and supplementing magnesium and vitamin D, but if you have acne every mineral/vitamin/micronutrient is important, not just those two. Calcium should not be neglected, and vitamin k2 can be an awesome addition.
Some people also put too much emphasis on diet and forget "life" in "lifestyle". Make sure you walk a lot, in the sun preferably (don't walk if you really don't want to), make sure you move around and get your blood flowing. I'm not advocating cardio for this, since it would increase stress levels.
An important part of the process is gut healing (acne is probably the result of a leaky gut) : add probiotics, or (preferably) eat fermented foods you tolerate. Start with water kefir, maybe add some sauerkraut or kimchee, etc. Bone broth is a great aid.
All this should already help a lot. Never give up, everybody deserves clear skin, and there is always a solution. The good news is : clearing up acne usually clears up the other health problems first (digestive issues, mood issues, skinny fat body, insomnia, ...)
Before you take antibiotics please read this!
http://www.gutpathogens.com/content/3/1/1 And once you are done, consider investing in a good probiotic rather than an anti-biotic. This stuff is expensive, but my functional doctor recommended it to me to help heal my gut. http://www.vsl3.ca/about.html
I began suffering from cystic acne at the age of 30. It's been a long slow road, but I finally got it under control after realizing my breakouts were actually inflammatory breakouts to food allergies. Also, I learned that I had leaky gut syndrome, which ties into the above article. I recommend going on a lectin ellimination diet to see if there is a lectin group that you are particularly sensitive to.
Read more here:http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html
Also, pork is highly inflammatory. I break out every time I eat it in any form. I've also found if I eat too much fat or sugar I break out.
Here's another article that discusses the relationship between sugar (in any form) and hormonal acne. http://www.natural-acne-treatments.com/sugar-acne.html
Hope this helps!
You mention a problem with tap water on your skin, have you tried going a week without any tap water on your face? I often read about bad reactions to some types of tap water, though its never clear whether its well founded. Also, have you tried coconut oil and lots of saturated fat but minimum amount of polyunsaturated fats?
I am going to suggest something.
NO DAIRY PERIOD. NO HARD CHEESES, soft cheeses, butter or anything like that.
Try eating ONLY: vegetables (no nightshades) lots of cabbage family and green leafy ones
berries (preferably organic)
meat/fish/poultry (preferably grass-fed, no eggs)
No salt, no sugar, nothing else for one week. I would not even take vitamins.
Just try it for a week and see if it makes any difference (it is called elimination diet).
If your acne won't get better with this diet, come back to Paleohacks.