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    So I've posted on here before about skin issues (mainly dandruff). That's gotten slightly better but something is wrong with the rest of me...I'm perpetually itchy, and the skin on my face peels but is also oily and itchy. It looks red in some places from being scratched--it's not too obvious and I don't scratch much, but it still has red blotches. Idk what's up. I did start noticing some skin issues when I eliminated dairy and upped the meat, could that have anything to do with it? We also have hard water here and I got a shower filter but things keep getting worse and Idk what to do, it's kind of embarrassing on the bad days

    Oh and I also stopped drinking (one week sober so far!) and I thought that would help my skin but it's getting WORSE so idk what's up....
    "The mountains are calling and I must go."
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  • #2
    what do you eat and what sort of creams do you use? (shower with, treat etc)

    My children get awful sores on their lips from some oils, so you can get some weird reactions to things you imagine are ok to eat.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bron View Post
      what do you eat and what sort of creams do you use? (shower with, treat etc)

      My children get awful sores on their lips from some oils, so you can get some weird reactions to things you imagine are ok to eat.
      As far as food goes, I have lots of organic grass-fed beef and some wild-caught salmon and ahi tuna. Lots of greens, avocados, and tomatoes. Occasionally some cheese...I love sauerkraut too. I do occasionally have some junk when I'm at work or have nothing to eat at home and all that's left is my roomie's food lol. I drink water (not much anymore because our water isn't filtered and it tastes like chlorine--so disgusting), tons of tea, green drink every morning, some coffee and almond milk, kombucha, and Zevia (the diet soda sweetened with stevia and erythritol).

      I buy all-natural bar soap for sensitive skin, usually Dr. Bronners, and that's what I wash with. For my face, it's either nothing (which seems to usually work best) or I use one of these two products:

      Nourish & Shine – Natural Nourishment for Dry Hair & Scalp

      Coconut & Papaya Infused Shea Butter by Nubian Heritage - 7Q-1018 - at The Vitamin Shoppe
      "The mountains are calling and I must go."
      --John Muir


      "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
      --Tommy Caldwell


      ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
      --Hyperlithic

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      • #4
        maybe like a bit of a detox type thing, where it gets worse before it gets better?
        Id give it a couple more weeks at least to see if things improve.
        Last edited by Ayla2010; 01-12-2012, 09:06 PM.

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        • #5
          Could the nightshades be the problem ? (you mentioned lots of tomatoes). Great job staying sober!

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          • #6
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            • #7
              Acne isn't my problem...i hope it's just detox :/
              "The mountains are calling and I must go."
              --John Muir


              "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
              --Tommy Caldwell


              ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
              --Hyperlithic

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              • #8
                Your skin will take about a month to heal, Don't wear makeup. cleanse it gently with Cetaphil. Do a very, very light coating of grapeseed oil for moisture in the morning and night. Brush it gently with a warm-water softened baby-brush and cleanser. Get an allergy test. Go fragrance-free on all detergents. Skip dryer sheets. My skin was AWFUL the first month. Now it is perfect. If you must use make-up, use Bismuth-free, talc-free mineral makeup. Do not pick! Do not scrub! Avoid soy, dairy and sugar. Eat plenty of veg and drink lots of water. Acne occurs in cycles. It is going to take a while for your skin to purge the gunk and reset itself.

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                • #9
                  Sounds like an allergy to me. I'd eliminate all the new foods you've started eating for a few weeks and then slowly bring them back one at a time to see if you can find the trigger. Also I find 1 T. of cod liver oil daily really helps. I used to have the same trouble. For me it was the combo of taking the oil and not eating eggs from chickens that are fed things I'm sensitive to ( like wheat, soy etc.) I also second that it could be a detox reaction.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rasputina View Post
                    Your skin will take about a month to heal, Don't wear makeup. cleanse it gently with Cetaphil. Do a very, very light coating of grapeseed oil for moisture in the morning and night. Brush it gently with a warm-water softened baby-brush and cleanser. Get an allergy test. Go fragrance-free on all detergents. Skip dryer sheets. My skin was AWFUL the first month. Now it is perfect. If you must use make-up, use Bismuth-free, talc-free mineral makeup. Do not pick! Do not scrub! Avoid soy, dairy and sugar. Eat plenty of veg and drink lots of water. Acne occurs in cycles. It is going to take a while for your skin to purge the gunk and reset itself.
                    Again, I don't have acne...and it's not my first month being primal, do you mean my first month without alcohol? I started primal almost a year ago, it's just now more of a meat thing than a dairy thing
                    "The mountains are calling and I must go."
                    --John Muir


                    "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
                    --Tommy Caldwell


                    ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
                    --Hyperlithic

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PaleoMom View Post
                      Sounds like an allergy to me. I'd eliminate all the new foods you've started eating for a few weeks and then slowly bring them back one at a time to see if you can find the trigger. Also I find 1 T. of cod liver oil daily really helps. I used to have the same trouble. For me it was the combo of taking the oil and not eating eggs from chickens that are fed things I'm sensitive to ( like wheat, soy etc.) I also second that it could be a detox reaction.
                      So eliminate the meat and add it back in? That's all I"m eating differently. I can't take the cod liver oil, my blood is thin and it makes me bruise really easily, I had to stop taking it awhile back. How long should I eliminate a food before I take it back?
                      "The mountains are calling and I must go."
                      --John Muir


                      "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
                      --Tommy Caldwell


                      ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
                      --Hyperlithic

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Clymb View Post
                        Again, I don't have acne...and it's not my first month being primal, do you mean my first month without alcohol? I started primal almost a year ago, it's just now more of a meat thing than a dairy thing
                        Yes, sorry, assumed that your red, flaky skin was accompanied by acne. It really does, as PaleoMom said, sound like an allergy. My husband has the same problem, but on his body only.

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                        • #13
                          I reckon you need to cut the tomatoes out - they can cause eczema and all sorts of skin problems including dandruff. Also try rubbing some pure organic virgin coconut oil on your skin, it is very healing (antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal). Are you taking a good multivitamin?.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rasputina View Post
                            Yes, sorry, assumed that your red, flaky skin was accompanied by acne. It really does, as PaleoMom said, sound like an allergy. My husband has the same problem, but on his body only.
                            Ah ok. Yeah, no acne, though it's simultaneously dry/oily and red (when it's itchy). So weird. I'm really wondering if it's the water here, or at least if that's part of it. I really did notice things getting worse when I switched from lots of dairy to lots of meat--I was hoping someone would address that, as it seems like the opposite of what you'd expect!
                            "The mountains are calling and I must go."
                            --John Muir


                            "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
                            --Tommy Caldwell


                            ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
                            --Hyperlithic

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                            • #15
                              If you occasionally eat wheat in the junk food, it may be that? Wheat can take 8 weeks to leave your system and for healing to start (my youngest was born allergic to it, so I've had a fair bit of experience with how long it can take. Not that I ate it often once we realised what the issue was, and never on purpose)

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