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    Hi everyone,

    I've been almost 100% primal for the past week, and before that I didn't eat much wheat because I'm sensitive to gluten. And I still have acne. Really noticeable acne. It's really upsetting, and the worst thing is that I don't know how to fix it. I tried the OCM (oil cleansing method), using only extra virgin olive oil. I know results aren't supposed to happen right away, but I kept at it for a week or two, and there was no improvement.
    I tried using honey, putting it on my face at night, leaving for 10 minutes then rinsing it off. I haven't been doing that for very long, but there's no improvement.

    I don't use any soaps or chemicals on my face, and it never feels greasy, or dirty.
    Can someone help? I feel like everyone's staring at my face, and even though they're probably not, it's a horrible feeling.

    Ideas, advice, and suggestions all very welcome.

    Thanks!

    Traveller.

  • #2
    Did you recently stop using any lotions, soap, anything on your face?
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    • #3
      are you female or male sorry can't tell?
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      • #4
        Hi Ally,
        no, I don't use anything on my face other then hot water.

        Um...do I have to tell my gender? I'd prefer not to, but if it's an important factor, then...

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        • #5
          ok well if your female and your taking birth control that may be affecting you.
          When I went off of it I broke out, but after like half a year or so and stopping soap and lotions on my face I noticed a big difference with my skin.

          Check for food allergies? chemicals being sprayed in the house?

          ittt ttaakkkesss tiimmmee.

          Stressed?
          sleep?
          get enough sunshine too.
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          • #6
            Sympathies traveller! I've been Primal for a year now and I am still struggling with acne. I'm in my 30's and had much better skin as a teenager. I'm getting more and more frustrated reading about how if you go primal and look after your diet your skin will clear up and be fantastic - which hasn't happened for me. I also watched 'Hungry for Change' last night and got all depressed about how my skin should be looking brilliant.

            The absolute best results I've had are from using that horrible Proactiv crap. In an attempt to try something more natural I decided to give oil cleansing a go and did this from Christmas until about three weeks ago. I was still getting breakouts and my mother advised me to try just using normal shower gel (she was advised this by her dermatologist). I use natural based shower gel so gave that a go for about 10 days only to have the most terrible break out ever. Now I'm trying this:http://www.crunchybetty.com/honey-challenge, and I'm 4 days in, but managed two new breakouts over the weekend. I'll keep going and reasses after the two weeks though.

            So in summary, sorry I don't know what the answer is, I'm trying everything and still breaking out. Maybe I'll start juicing next?

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            • #7
              Assuming you are female, I have only been able to control acne with birth control. I really wanted to live drug free, but the acne was awful...the kind children would say "Jared's mommy, what's wrong with your face?" I am going to die with the Mirena IUD and refuse to feel bad about it.
              Primal since 4/7/2012

              Starting weight 140
              Current weigh 126

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              Jennifer

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              • #8
                No, I'm not taking birth control!

                Lizzielou, that's the same thing I'm doing! From the same website too! This is my third day, and no improvements yet. Perhaps I should try pure manuka honey.

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                • #9
                  If you are female, it might be a problem of low progesterone; I have had this type of acne and it responds amazingly well to natural progesterone cream applied on a thin-skinned part of your body in a measured dose. I would start, though, with zinc which is a precursor to progesterone. It helps me tremendously. I notice a difference in a few days after taking zine supplements (up to 50 mg I think is fine). Of course, sugar (i.e., too many carbs) is a big problem. Are you sensitive to dairy? The best skin I have ever had was a product of an almost paleo regimen. I could tell a huge difference when I added dairy back in on the third phase of the Fat Flush diet. Of course, you also add other carbs during that phase, as well. Probiotics would be another good step if you haven't tried that already.

                  One thing a lot of people don't get is that skin almost always gets worse before it gets better. It's like whatever is in there has to come out and it comes out as break-outs and rashes. I have found a lot of help with the Skintervention Guide by Liz Wolfe. Her book is what convinced me to go primal again and I'm really grateful to her for that.
                  True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington. ~Anonymous
                  The worst carrot is better than the best candybar.--TornadoGirl

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                  • #10
                    You need to give a new regime at least 4 to 6 weeks to see noticeable improvements.

                    Age and gender DO make a difference. Is it facial acne? Body acne? How long have you had it?

                    I had a bad bout of acne in my mid 20s. This was after the normal teen acne went away and I had been acne free for years. For over 2 years, nothing I tried in the way of diet, lifestyle, cleansing, OTC or prescription topical treatments made a difference. Finally it took a 4 month course of antibiotics to clear up a deeply rooted bacterial infection.
                    Sandra
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                    There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                    DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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                    • #11
                      google "estrogen dominance".

                      There are xeno estrogens in laundry detergent, shampoo and cosmetics. Laundry detergent and shampoo go into your bloodstream. Even "natural" products have these in them. And of course birth control ain't so good -- they contain artificial drug company patented hormones.

                      If you eliminate xenoestrogens in your skin and your diet that might help a lot. And look at Progesterelle which is progesterone USP in oil, nothing else, and you can try it out. Together these have eliminated acne and a lot of other problems for women and men.

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                      • #12
                        I don't know if I'm sensitive to dairy, but just in case I stopped eating it about a week ago. No milk, cheese etc.
                        I forgot to mention that I'm taking two zinc pills a day.
                        And it's facial acne, by the way.

                        TornadoGirl, what are probiotics? What foods contain them?

                        Also: I use baking soda and vinegar as a shampoo and conditioner, and I don't wear make-up.

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                        • #13
                          Probiotics are sources of good bacteria that we need to populate our gut. You can buy them in pills or use food sources like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, etc.
                          True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington. ~Anonymous
                          The worst carrot is better than the best candybar.--TornadoGirl

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                          • #14
                            Thanks TornadoGirl.

                            Um...could someone tell me what smxdfxltoh is doing?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Traveller View Post
                              Thanks TornadoGirl.

                              Um...could someone tell me what smxdfxltoh is doing?
                              spamming.
                              Sandra
                              *My obligatory intro

                              There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                              DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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