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    Ok, I went primal in January. So far everything seems to be going really well (although I did find out the hard way that I'm terrible at forced-fasting). I have lost 14lbs (I'm now 130 at 5'5"). My thyroid levels have improved drastically (I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis). My fitness is also improving A TON because I actually have energy and motivation to exercise. The only weird thing is that the last couple weeks my skin on my face has started to break-out! I have always had really dry, flaky skin (probably due to the thyroid problem). Why do you think this is happening? Is my skin going through some kind of health crisis?

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    Depending on how long you have been doing this diet your body could be flushing out all the toxins from your previous diet. It is part of the cleansing process. I have a friend who has recently done the whole30 and during the initial stages he broke out like crazy but it slowly stopped and the skin is looking better.
    "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

    People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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    • #3
      I have noticed the same thing since start february first. Normally I have dry, flaky skin, and I have recently begun breaking out. I am inclined to agree with Balance on this one. Toxins come out of the body in many shapes and forms. I am hoping it will clear up as I have never had a real acne issue. I've heard stories of coconut oil doing wonders for the skin/hair/nails.
      The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by murf73 View Post
        Ok, I went primal in January. So far everything seems to be going really well (although I did find out the hard way that I'm terrible at forced-fasting). I have lost 14lbs (I'm now 130 at 5'5"). My thyroid levels have improved drastically (I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis). My fitness is also improving A TON because I actually have energy and motivation to exercise. The only weird thing is that the last couple weeks my skin on my face has started to break-out! I have always had really dry, flaky skin (probably due to the thyroid problem). Why do you think this is happening? Is my skin going through some kind of health crisis?
        It could be a lot of different things. I didn't break out when i went primal but mind you I ate pretty healthy already. It could also be the cosmetic stuff you use.

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        • #5
          When I first changed up my diet I got a lot of unusual acne as well. After than initial breakout I probably haven't had 5 pimples in the last year.

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          • #6
            I have two thoughts on this:

            When I stopped eating dairy, my acne disappeared within a few months.

            1) Your breakouts could be due to something you've added to your diet that is affecting your body negatively. Maybe making a list of the new things you've been eating and systematically eliminating them to see if there is a reduction could be helpful. Only annoying thing is that it could take weeks to months to see a difference.

            2) Acne can also be caused by excess androgens. Having an increase in this can be due to diet or supplements. For example, I tried supplementing with DHEA a while ago, and it gave me acne on my back, which I'd never had before in my life. Are you taking any supplements that could affect hormones? Are you eating a ton more meat (which I believe can influence levels of testosterone, an androgen)?

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            • #7
              I'd wait to see if your skin improves in 1-2 months.
              Yes, the real Dirk.

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              • #8
                I don't wear make-up, so it's not that.
                Almost all the meat I eat is organic.
                I'm inclined to believe it's toxins leaving the body.
                Also, when your body burns fat doesn't it release
                a bunch of hormones that were stored in the fat?

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                • #9
                  It's probably due to low carb. How do you know your thyroid is ok? A tsh over 1-2 is high.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
                    It's probably due to low carb. How do you know your thyroid is ok? A tsh over 1-2 is high.
                    You really think it's the low carb that is doing it? The OP never even mentioned if she was low carb or not and has only been doing the diet since January. Despite everything else being better according to her, including her Hashi's symptoms you really think its the low carb only? I am guessing that is wrong. I am still sticking with the fact that she probably has some residual toxins left over from her previous diet that still needs to be flushed out. Only time will tell. I also would look into dairy consumption like Bestbetter already has mentioned as dairy can cause some adverse skin reactions with those who don't tolerate it well. I personally tend to build up mucous and have skin irritations including an occassional pimple when I consume dairy.
                    "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                    People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
                      It's probably due to low carb.
                      ...............................why?
                      The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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                      • #12
                        When I started primal my TSH was 5.11.
                        A couple weeks ago when they tested it it was .4
                        Which is a huge difference.
                        I try to keep my carbs around 50ish, but I don't see why that
                        would affect my skin.
                        I agree that it's probably just toxins and will straighten itself out.

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                        • #13
                          I am going to focus on drinking more water to see if that
                          helps flushing toxins.

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                          • #14
                            I'm originally a Medical Aesthetician, practiced for over 10 years and keep my licensing current. I also have had thyroid disease since my late teens, which is extremely RARE!! I've never fallen into the category of being overweight due to thyroid disease or allowing it to control me like that. Your skin changes for every reason under the sun, from diet, exercise, weather and anything else. Your hormones change a great deal when you change your diet, start exercising and with age, your skin is effected by that too. My suggestion, avoid putting oils on your face, including coconut oil. Most people don't realize how much they touch their face during the day either, try to keep your hands off of your face along with cleaning your cell phone on a regular basis. You have to cleanse and moisturize your skin daily. It seems weird to think to moisturize your skin when you're breaking out with pimples, but it's your body trying to possibly 1) overcompensating for not having enough hydration and 2) getting rid of toxins in your skin. Drink TONS of water.... cleanse and hydrate, I recommmend the products from derma e if you want to lean more towards natural products. Here is their website. Skin Care Products by derma e | Cruelty-Free Body Care This is my two cents... without having ever seen your skin up close and personal and with the little bit of info I have. Please feel free to message me if you'd like.
                            Last edited by epicuriousbynature; 02-20-2013, 11:41 AM.

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