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#1 Lilo

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:32 AM

Hi, I'm 36 and still have acne. Basically tried it all, including several courses of roaccutane. My acne is not severe and I don't scar. However, I have daily break-outs of white heads and other bumps and it really affects my mood and self-confidence to the extreme.

So, I started Paleo two weeks ago. Have tried it before, but maybe not for long enough to see actual results. This round I want to record my diet and track any changes, good or bad. My skin has actually worsened since starting, not a good sign! And I am stuggeling a bit with depression and lack of motivation.

Edited by Lilo, 16 May 2012 - 11:43 AM.


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:30 PM

What I don't understand is how my skin can get worse before better? My diet is a bit more carb and include butternet squash and sweet potato on a daily basis, for the rest I eat eggs, veggies, avo, fish, chicken, ostrich and seldomly beef. Few nuts and one banana per day. Also drink / eat kefir and sauerkraut everyday.

Anyway, I will stick with this for at least 3 months and update daily.

Edited by Lilo, 16 May 2012 - 12:32 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:04 AM

My skin looks particularly bad, hehe! Last Friday I decided to follow an overall natural approach, in addition to a Paleo diet. I started the OCM to cleanse my face. Not good, I have bumps all over my face. Why did I try it again? Anyway, I stopped the OCM 2 days ago.

Breakfast: 2 eggs with steamed broccoli and 1 sweat potato
Lunch: 1 can pink salmon, sauerkraut, 1 avo, 1 sweet potato
Dinner: ostrich mince, sauerkraut, 1 sweet potato
Snack: handfull macadamia nuts
Drinks: black coffee, kefir

Mood and energy: good for a change

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 12:59 PM

My skin still looks horrific from what I hope was caused by the OCM and not my diet. Tonight I applied diluted ACV and tea tree oil after washing. More oil...? Not sure if I'm doing the right thing here.

Breakfast: baked butternet, mixed with 3 O3 eggs
Lunch: 1 can salmon, baked butternut, sauerkraut
Dinner: salmon, roasted marrow, small potato and tomato
Snack: handful macadamia nuts, 1 block 85 % dark chocolate
Drinks: black coffee

Mood and energy: 6/10

Could also be the nuts or eggs. Or even the sauerkraut (probiotics). However, my skin got progressively worse this last week since the oil cleanses. Monday will be 3 weeks on Paleo.

Edited by Lilo, 18 May 2012 - 01:03 PM.


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Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:22 AM

Yesterday I had:-

Breakfast: sweet potato, fritata with veggies
Lunch: norw salmon, avo, sweet potato
Dinner: chicken, avo, carrots, cucumber

Skin: terrible, whiteheads popping up everywhere

Today I had:-

Breakfast: eggs (butter), pumkin and avo
Lunch: chicken, avo, carrot, cucumber, sweet potato
Dinner: norw salmon, broccoli, cantelope

Skin: terrible still, had to apply zineryt tonight, and is seriously contemplating taking my left-over bactrim

Will exclude egg and butter for a while

Edited by Lilo, 20 May 2012 - 11:54 AM.


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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:44 AM

Today i had:-

Breakfast: norwegian salmon and sweet potato
Lunch: norwegian salmon and sweet melon
Dinner: norwegian salmon, broccoli, avo and sweet potato (OK, norwegian salmon was on a buy one, get one free special)
Snacks: 2 blocks of 85% dark chocolate, carrots
Drinks: black filter coffee

Almost canned this diet today, but then I'm a failure and will never know if it works or not, which means I will try again in a couple of months, so I might as well sit it out now, what is another month on Paleo anyway.

Omitted butter and eggs today, but started taking Bactrim yesterday (only until things settle down a bit, a week max).

Worked from home today because I could not face my colleagues with their perfect skins. But tomorrow I have no choice but to go to work. Anyone know of an overnight cure?

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:51 AM

Today I had:-

Breakfast: sweet potato and cinnamon
Lunch: avo, salmon, pumpkin
Dinner: raw carrot, avo, broccoli, sweet potato and salmon
Snacks: 1 banana, 1 block 85% Lindt
Drinks: black coffee

Skin: super bad still, nothing to report, still inflammation, just not sure from what. I know coffee is not good but I've always had coffee without it having an effect on my skin, same goes for dark chocolate.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

Day 23

Breakfast: sweet potato and cinnamon
Lunch: free range beef jerky, coconut, strawberries
Dinner: chichen salad with lettuce, boiled egg, avo, green beans and very little grated parmesan cheese (the last two items technically not Paleo), I ate at a restaurant and already had to tell the waiter to hold the sauce and croutons, imagine I had to also hold the beans and cheese...there'd be nothing left.
Drinks: 1 water, 1 apple, carrot and ginger juice (fresh), 1 tea, coffee rest of day.
Snack: 1 85% Lindt

Skin: looking a lot better, inflammation seem to have gone down.

Energy and mood: good

Still staying away from butter, had one egg today.

Also stopped Bactrim last night.

Edited by Lilo, 23 May 2012 - 12:44 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:07 PM

Day 24

Breakfast: sweet potato with cinnamon
Lunch: carrots, avo, pumkin, salmon, banana
Dinner: brocolli, ostrich mince
Snacks: jerky, 85% dark chocolate (2 blocks)
Drinks: black coffee (I need to drink water)

Mood: a bit on the bi-polar side, terrible mood swings, crying spells, next moment not sure why I over-reacted the way I did, really strange and inconcistent. Struggled to cope with normal stressors.

Skin: still improving

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:24 PM

Day 25

Breakfast: sweet potato and cinnamon
Lunch: sweet potato, can of salmon
Dinner: salad with chicken, butternut, beetroot, avo and spinach
Snacks: sweet potato and cinnamon, 2 blocks of 85 % Lindt, 1 small sardine
Drinks: black coffee, 1 small water

Mood: terrible in morning, much better as day progressed

Skin: everything is healing, great, but I don't want to be too optimistic because it has done this before and then all of a sudden it freaks out for no apparent reason

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:35 PM

Day 26

Breakfast: sardines and 1 carrot
Lunch: 2 poached eggs, smoked salmon, half avo
Snack: banana, sweet potato, 1 block of 85% chocolate, 1 carrot
Dinner: norweigian salmon, avo, salad (tomato, lettuce, cucumber)

Mood: 6/10 so not that great, went mountain biking and got tired early on

Skin: good, still have the sandy bumps on my forehead and temples from last week's ordeal
Drinks: black coffee, 1 dry red wine

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:45 AM

Day 28

Breakfast: sweet potato and cinnamon
Lunch: salmon, 1 avo, 2 carrots, butternut
Dinner: bone broth (ox tail) with vegetables, brocolli, chicken, 1 avo
Snacks: banana, 1 block of 85 % dark chocolate
Drinks: 1 peppermint and green tea, black coffee

Skin: very good, still healing from last week

Mood and energy: good, 7/10


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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:31 AM

Day 31

Diet still more or less the same. Loving meat and chicken broths at the mo.

Skin doing great! Thats why I have become lazy in updating.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:55 AM

Day 33

Started to eat more eggs, and have seen a slight worsening again. Strange..., might need to eliminate eggs once again.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:24 PM

Lilo, i've been following your log and i have started eating Paleo as of yesterday. It is a modified diet that included some sweet potatoes as i am trying to gain weight. I plan on giving it 30 days to see if there is a difference in my breakouts. Hoping to hear more of your journey!

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:46 PM

Day 34

My acne is getting worse again, the only change in my diet was eating 2 eggs per day since last week Wednesday up until this morning. I had to test it because i did not want to believe that eggs could have an effect, I thought it was the sauerkraut and kefir. So, if I drop the eggs, I should be clear in say a week. It's funny because it's exactly the same inflammation issues as last time, the same spots that remain active for days and don't heal-up.

Breakfast: 2 eggs, spinach, bacon and avo
Lunch: chicken and veggies soup, sweet potato, salmon, avo
Dinner: salmon, sweet potato
Snacks: banana, 85% dark chocolate (2 blocks)

Mood and energy: for the first time in my life I have more up than down days. 8/10

Lilo, i've been following your log and i have started eating Paleo as of yesterday. It is a modified diet that included some sweet potatoes as i am trying to gain weight. I plan on giving it 30 days to see if there is a difference in my breakouts. Hoping to hear more of your journey!


Hi, can't say that I have gained weight, but at least I have not lost any. Good luck to you!

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:45 AM

Day 35

Breakfast: salmon & sweet potato, beef broth with blended veggies - fatty meal :-(
Lunch: pumpkin, sweet potato, avo, 2 medium carrots, salmon
Dinner: salmon & sweet potato, beef broth with blended veggies
Snacks: 2 bananas, nuts (a definate no-no), 85 % dark chocolate

Skin: bad
Mood: good, coping so much better with my bad skin

Tomorrow I have a business trip to very small towns until Thursday. Obtaining quality food is going to be a major problem.

Wish I had something more positive to report.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:23 PM

My inflammation is already appearing to be under control this morning and it has only been 2 days without consuming eggs.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:21 PM

Day 37

My skin has relapsed, not quite sure why. I find it a bit difficult to believe that a few eggs eaten a few days in a row last week can be resonsible for this break-out. Back to the drawing board, I have decided to avoid red meat and eggs, also too much saturated fat (contained in meat broth). I'm still having chicken broth though, but have opted for skinless.

Anyway, I'm back from my trip and really struggled with lack of food choices and basically lived on bananas, avo and canned alaskan pink salmon. Went hungry for most of today.

Energy and mood: still very good in spite of my skin. I'm really loving the improved mood, if it wasn't for this byproduct, I probably would have ditched the diet by now. I also had no PMS this month.

Today I have purchased some Mg citrate, which acts as a muscle relaxant for improved bowel movements.

I wan't to force my body to stop relying on my skin to eliminate waste products and rather use the bowels. As far as I know, Mg citrate is not habit-forming. Will start on 800 mg.

Basically diet wise, still sticking to mostly fish, avo, sweet potato, pumpkin, brocolli, spinach, carrots, some chicken, coconut, banana...and we'll see how it goes in a week from now.

Edited by Lilo, 06 June 2012 - 12:25 PM.


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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:15 AM

Lilo... eating all that meat causes your body to be acidic = acne.. Eat fruits and veggies or just go on a fruit or juice fast for a week.. This will get your body alkaline and therefor cure your problem.. Also try affirmations .. Google louise hay acne or skin problems




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