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Red, dry skin on face, why?

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Created May 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

So sick of my terrible skin, it makes me look so ugly and is basically the cause of my depression

I get discomfort in my gut whenever I eat and I'm always really tired, I've been eating basically whole 30 for 2 weeks and it's making no difference, and I've been fairly strict paleo for about 3 months

I ordered probiotic pills online and hoping they will make a difference, but seriously this is actually giving me depression and destroying my self esteem

Why is this diet not giving me the benefits it seems to be giving everyone else??

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8014 · August 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

GREAT answer, MoreButterPlease!

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1317 · May 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I read that post, and I'm flabbergasted. I knew this was standard practice but it's very easy to forget. Photo retouching for printed material should be made illegal. I sometimes wonder how people's self-image would improve if we did that.

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11581 · May 31, 2012 at 12:34 PM

-1 for ridiculous first sentence, use of u instead of you, diagnosis over internet, assuming OPs condition is the same as his own, and setting up as an expert (after proving he isn't) on first post.

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1191 · May 31, 2012 at 7:39 AM

And cut the dairy. There's also no such thing as a basically whole 30. Either it's a full whole30 or it isn't one.

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1191 · May 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM

MY skin quality always depends on three factors. 1) Mostly diet (and some exercise) 2) Enough sleep and most of al 3) Being relaxed. So when I'm eating healthy, doing some sports and have enough sleep, stress still causes (huge) breakouts. And whenever I have a cheat meal with lots of PUFA's, gluten grains, soy, milk, etc. that nevertheless makes me feel very relaxed, my skin starts looking better until the next day. Then it's time for my skin to breakout again because of the crap I ate. It would be a big help for your skin if you just stopped stressing about. Not easy though but manageable.

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2417 · May 31, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Yes Jan yes! I have a very dear friend with a huge freaking goiter. I mean it took training to keep my eyes on his face. And he's such a cool, fascinating, fun person, who gets out and lives his life. No excuses! We limit ourselves sometimes.

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2417 · May 31, 2012 at 3:48 AM

And get a referral from the doc to a decent therapist! You need a source of wise counsel while you figure this out. Karen is onto something. Being well has many aspects. You deserve to be happier.

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56616 · May 31, 2012 at 3:43 AM

You'd have to see my x-rays- I'm not sure what it's called exactly, but they recommended full surgical reconstruction, which would involved bascially breaking it and putting it back together. I have a 10 mm overbite and the surgeon said that my jaw issues were responsible for lack of cheekbones and overall a sunken look.

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195 · May 31, 2012 at 3:37 AM

See a Nautropathic Doctor.... General Practitioners are pharmaceutical company puppets (well meaning) (but not in all cases)... they know null about nutrition... don't promote holistic life style changes.... SEE AN ND

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195 · May 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM

keep up the omega 3... also do you take zinc?? good for skin health... make sure you're not deficient... also what do you use on your face? less is more with irritated skin...

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495 · May 31, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Melissa, If you don´t mind, I am curious to know what your jaw deformity is. This is of big interest to me.

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2048 · May 30, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I was touched to read this because I have horrible skin and great teeth and I NEVER think about my teeth and spend quite a bit of time thinking about my skin. So I appreciated this perspective. For what it's worth, I'm sure your teeth are not as ugly as you think they are, and not even noticed by most people. And as someone without "teeth issue" (but tons of skin issues), whenever I do notice someone with uneven, discolored, or unusual-looking teeth, I usually find it rather charming. It's natural and human and instead of those Chiclet-looking fake bleached teeth that celebrities have.

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2048 · May 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I'm so glad you posted this, Melissa. I resisted dermatologists and prescriptions for so long, but now I have a more practical/moderate attitude. Paleo is great but some people need extra help, and the depression/anxiety caused by bad skin can be more harmful than the drugs, I think. Just because you use a prescription that makes a huge difference in your daily life does NOT MEAN you are a failure.

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1017 · May 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Yeah I took one and paid 900 dollars for it, eliminated everything that came up as 'reactive', and NOTHING improved, so I started eating what they said I shouldn't with no change. Waste of my money.

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1017 · May 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Don't have advice but I feel your pain. Skin problems have basically ruined the last 5 years of my life, and have slowly driven me into isolation. Paleo is helping but I still haven't found my silver bullet.

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56616 · May 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

dairy is not on the whole30 and causes acne for many many people. seafood also causes acne in some people. The FODMAPs in the broccoli might contribute to bloating.

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230 · May 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

In my home town lives a woman, a woman with warts all over her face. She must be in her 70's. She looks nice. I have tried, so many times, to make contact with her, talk to her. Even eye contact would be nice. But she keeps her head down and her eyes on the pavement. She has lived with her face all her life - and she keeps her head down. She makes no contact. That is so terribly sad. Don't let that happen to you. Having a red face is no barrier to living your life, no barrier to having fun! Sometimes I have a red face, and it pisses me off, but I still get out there...

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Other doctors, psychiatrists. Tell them EVERYTHING you've told us here, both all your symptoms and your level of depression and desperation. Print out your posts on this board and take them with you.

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM

One thing I'm concerned about is that the skin and other problems could ultimately have the same cause as the depression. And I'm also VERY concerned because of the level of depression that you are speaking about "to the point i want to kill myself because i've been alone for 7 years." That's SERIOUS.

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I bought some probiotic pills will they be ok? i dont eat nuts and i have been supplimenting omega 3 but not for that long

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

things I eat: egg yolks, butter, beef, chicken, broccoli, carrots, coconut oil, kiwis, bananas, some milk, salmon, anchovies, sardines, prawns. I'm not sure it's the food but a faulty gut because no matter what I eat after I'm finished I have discomfort in my gut, I do drink some alcohol because i'm at uni but this summer i'm going to quit, what sort of changes did you make?

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I read that intolerance tests were basically fake, where did you get yours done?

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

... and I KNOW that it's because of the skin, I just want to get this healthy looking skin that everyone purports to having, I just have these gut problems I think but it's like i'm in the dark and it's been years of battling to find out and nothing works and everntually I dont know what ill do because if anything its getting worse and worse

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I appreciate the sentiment Karen but my depression's been a long odyssey, I've been to the doctor countless times in the last 7 years, I've been on antidepressants and they made me worse. And as Korion suggests this is all they will give me, they don't go any further. People find this hard to understand but my depression seriously is because of my skin and my dark circles and the way i look in general. I'll be happy and then I'll see myself in a mirror or a bad photo and I'll look awful and fall back into depression, to the point i want to kill myself because i've been alone for 7 years ...

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I don't know. I'm a horticulturist NOT a doctor. This sounds like very serious depression - which can be deadly. A doctor is a much more qualified person to diagnose and to determine causes than we are. Depression can have lot's of causes, particularly with all the other symptoms HB has posted about.

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8933 · May 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

What's the doctor gonna do, Karen?

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3521 · May 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Easiest?? I wish.

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230 · May 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I was not drinking milk for about a month. I tried because I thought it might help my eczema. And then I had a cafe latte. BIG mistake. My throat swelled up and I felt like crap. No more milk for me. But having the manicure with a milk protein based cream really confirmed it for me. Milk and Me is not a marriage made in heaven. :)

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156 · May 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Hi Jan, how long did you have to off milk before you noticed a difference?

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR ASAP - not so much even about the skin problem as about the depression. Not everything can be cured with diet alone, and even when it can, it can take a while. While diet can really help with depression, it may or may not be enough, and it may not be quick enough. If you are at the point of tagging your post with "desperation" and "hopelessness" it's time to go see a doctor. Speaking as one who's been there.

Added: Seriously - Go see a doctor! I thought this sounded familiar, so took a look at your post "Hack my symptoms (please)" from April, with much the same symptoms and almost everyone in that thread said, "Go see a doctor" There is a reason for that. You've got some serious symptoms. This is not a job for amateur diagnosis on a internet forum. Go see the damn doctor.

Added: Sorry, looked at some more of your threads. I'm really, really serious about this as someone who has experienced more than I want to with depression. Just your tags alone tell me that this is not a case for non-professionals. You're in the UK, with NHS, so no reason not to go.

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I appreciate the sentiment Karen but my depression's been a long odyssey, I've been to the doctor countless times in the last 7 years, I've been on antidepressants and they made me worse. And as Korion suggests this is all they will give me, they don't go any further. People find this hard to understand but my depression seriously is because of my skin and my dark circles and the way i look in general. I'll be happy and then I'll see myself in a mirror or a bad photo and I'll look awful and fall back into depression, to the point i want to kill myself because i've been alone for 7 years ...

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2417 · May 31, 2012 at 3:48 AM

And get a referral from the doc to a decent therapist! You need a source of wise counsel while you figure this out. Karen is onto something. Being well has many aspects. You deserve to be happier.

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM

One thing I'm concerned about is that the skin and other problems could ultimately have the same cause as the depression. And I'm also VERY concerned because of the level of depression that you are speaking about "to the point i want to kill myself because i've been alone for 7 years." That's SERIOUS.

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

... and I KNOW that it's because of the skin, I just want to get this healthy looking skin that everyone purports to having, I just have these gut problems I think but it's like i'm in the dark and it's been years of battling to find out and nothing works and everntually I dont know what ill do because if anything its getting worse and worse

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I don't know. I'm a horticulturist NOT a doctor. This sounds like very serious depression - which can be deadly. A doctor is a much more qualified person to diagnose and to determine causes than we are. Depression can have lot's of causes, particularly with all the other symptoms HB has posted about.

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195 · May 31, 2012 at 3:37 AM

See a Nautropathic Doctor.... General Practitioners are pharmaceutical company puppets (well meaning) (but not in all cases)... they know null about nutrition... don't promote holistic life style changes.... SEE AN ND

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8933 · May 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

What's the doctor gonna do, Karen?

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11581 · May 30, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Other doctors, psychiatrists. Tell them EVERYTHING you've told us here, both all your symptoms and your level of depression and desperation. Print out your posts on this board and take them with you.

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56616 · May 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I had a friend who was following the paleo diet very strictly to get rid of acne and it never worked for her and she became increasingly depressed and orthorexic. She always thought she must have been doing something wrong with her diet, but not everything can be fixed through diet. Finally she broke down and saw several dermatologist and was put on a medication that worked and now has clear skin. Same thing happened to a female relative of mine. For myself my skin has been up and down and I've been doing "paleo" principles with my diet for going on five years. I never had acne before I started "eating healthy" actually, but I haven't figured out what causes it (maybe the iodine in seafood??), but it goes away for months and then randomly comes back. Same with my keratosis. Maybe I still have some underlying gut bacterial issues, but either way I am better off health-wise than I was before, so at least I'm not getting worse. Treating things with diet doesn't always work. It's an imperfect science to say the least.

This post was aimed at women, but it's relevant here too:

red,-dry-skin-on-face,-why?

She and the other actresses in that post are paid to look good and they still aren't perfect, despite eating crazy diets and having the access to the world's best dermatologists/plastic surgeons/makeup artists. When I was little I thought I would never have a boyfriend because of my awful dark circles, but I have been in many relationships- many with men who also had their bad skin moments or who also had dark circles. I feel mine are caused by my jaw deformity and diet is probably not going to change them very much. Wearing glasses hides them a lot and they only really look bad in certain lighting. Annoying when I was fat was when they were less prominent.

And there are so many male sex symbols with weird imperfections. I'm thinking of Jaqen of Game of Thrones now...and women including my sister and I totally swoon over every scene he is in:

red,-dry-skin-on-face,-why?

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2048 · May 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I'm so glad you posted this, Melissa. I resisted dermatologists and prescriptions for so long, but now I have a more practical/moderate attitude. Paleo is great but some people need extra help, and the depression/anxiety caused by bad skin can be more harmful than the drugs, I think. Just because you use a prescription that makes a huge difference in your daily life does NOT MEAN you are a failure.

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56616 · May 31, 2012 at 3:43 AM

You'd have to see my x-rays- I'm not sure what it's called exactly, but they recommended full surgical reconstruction, which would involved bascially breaking it and putting it back together. I have a 10 mm overbite and the surgeon said that my jaw issues were responsible for lack of cheekbones and overall a sunken look.

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495 · May 31, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Melissa, If you don´t mind, I am curious to know what your jaw deformity is. This is of big interest to me.

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1317 · May 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I read that post, and I'm flabbergasted. I knew this was standard practice but it's very easy to forget. Photo retouching for printed material should be made illegal. I sometimes wonder how people's self-image would improve if we did that.

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3772 · May 30, 2012 at 11:08 PM

You're not the only one who has skin problems--I had clear skin for a while, but for the last two weeks my face has been tight, dry and scaly, with little bumps, and it looks like hell. Last week, it actually hurt.

Since I'm losing weight now, I suspect it's all the Omega-6s that are being released from my fat stores into my bloodstream, causing an immune response. Last week, I increased my Omega-3 intake to balance it out. Today my skin's noticeably better and the discomfort's mostly gone, but it's still not great.

After looking back at some of your previous posts, I can't help but think you've got a chronic inflammatory/autoimmune problem. Can that be solved by diet alone? Maybe, eventually, if you stick it out long enough. But since you're not seeing any changes so far I highly recommend getting tested for food intolerances. You've got NHS; use it. Even if it turns out that the doctors can't do anything to help you, you might come out of it with new information that helps you more effectively help yourself.

As for your depression being completely situational and related solely to your feelings about your skin condition--if that's true all I can tell you is that you need to stop placing so much importance on your skin. Because if that's true, the state of your skin isn't making you depressed; you're making yourself depressed by dwelling on it and defining your value by it. If your depression is truly situational, you have a choice to re-frame that situation in a way that will alleviate, and even eliminate that depression.

Most people have something they really wish they could change about themselves. Maybe they're poor. Maybe they're short. Maybe they wish they had a different skin color, or were of a different, more favored race. Maybe they've got a chronic illness or disability.

Me? I don't like my teeth. They're my worst feature by far, have been for most of my 45 years, and for the time being there's nothing I can do about them. Fixing them would involve tremendous pain and financial expense I don't have the means to deal with right now.

I'm plenty aware of the fact that when I talk to people or smile or open my mouth at all I'm letting the whole world see how ugly my teeth are. I know some people probably form negative judgments about me, based on my teeth. And I'm not going to lie and say they don't make me self-conscious, especially when it comes to dating.

But there's so much more to me than my teeth. I'm not going to hide away and never smile because of them. I'm not going to wallow in self-pity over them. They are what they are, and I'm determined to carry on and lead my life as if they weren't a problem at all (and, other than being ugly, they really aren't a problem). By focusing on my work, my friends, my pets, my hobbies, and all the other stuff that enriches my life and makes me happy, I rarely have the time nor the inclination to fret over my teeth. And since there are people out there who have it so much worse than I do and don't let it stop them, I just can't bring myself to get too hung up on my unfortunate dentition.

Do I have my down moments, when I hate them, feel hopelessly ugly, and am depressed over their appearance? Yeah, I do. But I catch myself when that happens and don't let myself dwell on it. That's the choice I make. Because letting something like the way my teeth look drag me down and keep me down doesn't strike me as any way to live at all. I don't want to get to the end of my life and look back in regret at all the things I wish I'd done, or the people I wish I'd dared to talk to, but didn't because of my teeth.

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2048 · May 30, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I was touched to read this because I have horrible skin and great teeth and I NEVER think about my teeth and spend quite a bit of time thinking about my skin. So I appreciated this perspective. For what it's worth, I'm sure your teeth are not as ugly as you think they are, and not even noticed by most people. And as someone without "teeth issue" (but tons of skin issues), whenever I do notice someone with uneven, discolored, or unusual-looking teeth, I usually find it rather charming. It's natural and human and instead of those Chiclet-looking fake bleached teeth that celebrities have.

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8014 · August 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

GREAT answer, MoreButterPlease!

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30 · May 30, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Definitely milk! I have been paleo for nearly a year and about a month ago I decided to have some post workout chocolate milk. Big mistke my face dried out and started to be come itchy. I cut out the milk and a few weeks later its back to normal

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1567 · May 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Have you talked to a dermatologist? Personally, I have a skin condition that no amount of diet changes will fix, so I have come to accept it. Also, I would give Whole 30 a bit longer, perhaps try going even stricter as you say you have discomfort in your gut and are always really tired (sounds a bit like carb flu). I know when I started paleo I didn't start seeing results for a couple months.

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230 · May 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The red, dry skin on my face turned out to be a milk allergy. Are you still drinking the milk? I'm guessing not since you said you are following Whole 30. Maybe you have an allergy to something else? Please don't get depressed about it. Have a cyber hug, get out there and enjoy your life.

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156 · May 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Hi Jan, how long did you have to off milk before you noticed a difference?

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230 · May 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

In my home town lives a woman, a woman with warts all over her face. She must be in her 70's. She looks nice. I have tried, so many times, to make contact with her, talk to her. Even eye contact would be nice. But she keeps her head down and her eyes on the pavement. She has lived with her face all her life - and she keeps her head down. She makes no contact. That is so terribly sad. Don't let that happen to you. Having a red face is no barrier to living your life, no barrier to having fun! Sometimes I have a red face, and it pisses me off, but I still get out there...

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230 · May 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I was not drinking milk for about a month. I tried because I thought it might help my eczema. And then I had a cafe latte. BIG mistake. My throat swelled up and I felt like crap. No more milk for me. But having the manicure with a milk protein based cream really confirmed it for me. Milk and Me is not a marriage made in heaven. :)

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2417 · May 31, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Yes Jan yes! I have a very dear friend with a huge freaking goiter. I mean it took training to keep my eyes on his face. And he's such a cool, fascinating, fun person, who gets out and lives his life. No excuses! We limit ourselves sometimes.

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864 · May 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

I had a bit of this issue--skin/depression/gut. I started adding safe starches A LA The Perfect Health Diet ( http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/ )

I'm feeling a lot better now.

ALSO, I started eating a lot more FAT. It rocks.

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1178 · May 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I have had horrible skin, for years. Turns out its all allergy related. I'm highly allergic to soy. But, I also feel that I have a decent personality and no one really cares to much what my skin looks like, they like me. And silly me, I was still consuming soy products making it worse because it was in my vitamins, my evening primrose oil, and my fish oil.... not labeled as soy, but a vitamin E. So really look at what you're eating/consuming/using? Was it like this before starting a paleo diet? Is it new since going Paleo? Have you started eating something completely new since going Paleo?

Also, what are you putting on your skin? You could be over treating it? Harsh products? I've been using Argon oil recently and love it.

Good luck! It sucks, but it shouldn't ruin your life.

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195 · May 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

It's not enough to follow just a paleo diet if you have gut issues (Skin problems = intestinal flora problems)

follow this diet and see if it helps

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/dealing-with-autoimmune-diseases-and-digestive-problems/

cut eggs, night shades, dairy, and nuts - nuts especially because they are hard to digest and high in omega 6's (STAY AWAY - go for lots of omega 3's)... Doing an omega 3 supplement with be a great anti-inflammatory

also make sure you're eating loads of coconut oil because its great for healing the gut...

And stick to probiotics that need to be refrigerated...

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195 · May 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM

keep up the omega 3... also do you take zinc?? good for skin health... make sure you're not deficient... also what do you use on your face? less is more with irritated skin...

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I bought some probiotic pills will they be ok? i dont eat nuts and i have been supplimenting omega 3 but not for that long

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24 · August 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

If you have dry sensitive skin then Aqueous Cream is for you. It is specially formualted for conditions and anyone allergic to conventional soaps, cleansers or moisturisers. It contains NO soap, detergents, alkalis, colorants, fragrance or preservatives - just pure aqueous cream in a bar.

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383 · May 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

i hear u, my skin is so dry and this diet has made no difference to that, however i can point you to www.skinactives.com

dr. hannah sivak heads skinactives and she really knows her stuff, u can email her and ask her what she recommends for your skin condition

i have used their products and find them excellent and reasonably priced, she is honest and not out to rip people off, good luck hope you find the right product to cure your red dry skin

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28 · May 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

hum

so for redness, try to use an aftershave with no alcohol but with which hazel or any natural astringent [again, thayer's do that but there might be others]; if you really have some erythema, you MUST see a dermatologist to get hydroquinone or some less potent bleaching agents and put sun screen regularly; erythema is generally transient but can be permanent [believe me, i've fucked up my skin in the past like the miserable prick that I am]; however, if you've got erythema only as consequence of dryness, moisturise the shit out of your skin, like all people... get a neutral and non-oily cream with the fewest chemicals possible [so again , typically, hydromol, e45 cream, shea butter, coconut oil that you apply very generously at night. Let'us recall that to hydrate you epidermis, is to apply a cream that prevent your epidermal water to evaporate. Stick to that at least 2 weeks, after a week you should stop getting a tight and red skin if you do not pick it. Also, for shower, try a soap that has got the fewest chemicals in it, typically something with no acid at all and that preserves your lipidic film; so again, typically Aleppo soap with a good deal of laurel [70pc of laurel minimum].

Personally, probitotics like active brewer yeast made my skin and hair dryer [which is good for spots, but you must compensate with moisturisers]

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923 · May 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I had horrible itchy, scaly patches on the side of my face that only cleared up after I got food intolerance testing done and eliminated them from my diet. Believe it or not, the cause of mine was olive (and olive oil) intolerance. My skin has cleared up dramatically.

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1017 · May 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Yeah I took one and paid 900 dollars for it, eliminated everything that came up as 'reactive', and NOTHING improved, so I started eating what they said I shouldn't with no change. Waste of my money.

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I read that intolerance tests were basically fake, where did you get yours done?

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1035 · May 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Hang in there. You've got to give the diet some time. When I started, I felt I worse for a while before I started feeling and looking better. (I was on the GAPS diet, so more strict about eating foods like bone broth and liver) Anyway, about your face: have you had your vitamin D status tested? It's a blood test. If you can't have it tested, just try taking a daily D3 supplement, like 4000 IU per day. And check out the web for info about vitamin D insufficency. Many people in northern climates are D-deficient or insufficient (basically, the same thing). It's the cause of a lot of sickness and malaise.

edited, because I see you have been paleo for 3 months.

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-12 · May 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM

skin diseases are the easiest things to cure.

would be helpful if u provide more information on what kind of food u eating over the whole day. bad skin always means kidney problems, means u basically eat shit that your body doesnt want to, so it dumps it into your skin in order to protect itself.very simple mechanism, yet very effective in terms of body health. trust me, i had neurodermitis pretty much my whole life always red and dry, i know what u talking about.I had huge depressions becoz of it, until i decided enough is enough. went on to study biology and chemistry and tried experiments on myself until i found the answer. i can try to help u out but as i said i need EXACT informations about your diet.

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3521 · May 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Easiest?? I wish.

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56616 · May 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

dairy is not on the whole30 and causes acne for many many people. seafood also causes acne in some people. The FODMAPs in the broccoli might contribute to bloating.

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4181 · May 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

things I eat: egg yolks, butter, beef, chicken, broccoli, carrots, coconut oil, kiwis, bananas, some milk, salmon, anchovies, sardines, prawns. I'm not sure it's the food but a faulty gut because no matter what I eat after I'm finished I have discomfort in my gut, I do drink some alcohol because i'm at uni but this summer i'm going to quit, what sort of changes did you make?

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11581 · May 31, 2012 at 12:34 PM

-1 for ridiculous first sentence, use of u instead of you, diagnosis over internet, assuming OPs condition is the same as his own, and setting up as an expert (after proving he isn't) on first post.

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