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Paleo Diet, Detoxing & Herbs Helping My Face Get Almost Clear. Getting Close! What Do You Guys Think So Far? Open To More Advice.


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#1 Ribbonettes

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 02:38 AM

Hello.

I just wanted to share my experience and figure out other things I can do to clear my skin.

I have been strictly following the paleo diet for 9 months now.  My skin use to be pretty bad, but now it doesn't get as oily as it used to and it doesn't break out as much now.  However, I still have a few breakouts here and there but nothing too terrible. 

 

I eat almost 0 sugar (no fruits since they broke me out).  My diet consists of mostly grassfed meat, wild seafood, egg yolks, avacados & vegtables like monoa lettutce, kale, spinach or zucchini. 

 

I also cook with garlic powder, turmeric, nutmeg, sea salt, dill weed, apple acider vinegar, organic dijon musturd & coconut oil on a daily basis.  Ocassionally I use coconut flour & almond flour. 

 

I also drink detox herbal teas as well as green & sage tea.  I don't drink and eat together.  I always wait 30 mins between eating & drinking (improves my digestion).  Working out too much made me breakout so I just do light exercise. 

 

I also take herbs & vitamins.  I noticed they are a great addition to my diet and I definately see an improvement.  I take:  Hawaiian Spirulina, Vital Force Multi-vitamins (Hypoallergenic & vegetarian) might switch to a different one later & I only take 1 capsule per day,  Hawaiian ginger (600 mg), Eco Bee Farms Bee Pollen and Wild Yam Root organic (6 "00" size capsules per day)  It helps regulate my hormones and I notice I get large swollen pimples when I don't take this.  Ocassionally I take Organic Turmeric (Curcuma longa) & Cinnamon Cassia usually 2 - 5 "00" capsules.

 

I also try to be as healthy as possible by not inhaling smoke, dust or polluted air.  I also try my best to drink from glass cups and don't use the microwave ever as well as try not to talk on my cell phone.. (I notice I get headaches) and if I do then I try to use speaker phone.  My friends sometimes think I'm crazy but whatever.  I want my skin clear and refuse to put poison into my body. 

 

I'm also going to add additional supplements soon: Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics & then Eco Bee Farms Royal Jelly.

 

I want to thank Alternativista for pointing out that I have a Fructose malabsorption problem.  Things got better when I put that piece of the puzzle together!

 

Anyone have any sugestions on what I can do next or other things I can do to improve?

Also, what is your guy's opinoin on Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)?  I've been reading that it's actually made from gmo corn, is a synthetic vitamin and kills the good bacteria in the gut. I have a feeling it may be contributing to my breakouts when I was taking it last week but I'm not sure.   If anyone has any suggestions on a good multivitmin or vitamin C please inform me! I'll be researching this.

 

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Edited by Ribbonettes, 14 June 2013 - 04:03 PM.


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:25 AM

which fruits did you consume? Do all of them break you out?



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:35 AM

which fruits did you consume? Do all of them break you out?

Plantains, blueberries, strawberries, apples, watermelon, mango & papaya. Yes they all made me breakout on my cheeks..  I was instantly bloated and my stomach hurt too the pain was pretty intense.  I think I ate too much fruit.  A very little would probably be acceptable though.  I drink noni juice daily and have no problems with it. but I prefer to eat vegetables since I'm senstitive to sugar. 



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:32 AM

I take CVS's vitamin C, it's cheap and hasn't broken me out at all. I compared the ingredients to more expensive brands and it's fine (apart from magnesium sterate, but it's hard to find a supplement that doesn't have it), but maybe vitamin C powder would be even better. I used to drink orange juice but couldn't digest it very well so I had to take vitamin C supplements instead.

If you have digestion issues, you could try digestive enzymes with each meal. They are helping me a lot right now and I can ease up on the diet a little bit while taking them.

Probiotics might also be a good addition to help restore your gut flora. The ones you mention are more expensive and I was considering buying them, but I ended up getting PB-8 (vegetarian capsule) because it was cheaper and had multiple strands of probiotics. It's actually better than solgar's probiotics, and much cheaper.


Edited by WishClean, 16 June 2013 - 10:34 AM.

Supplements: inositol, DIM, digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials... (although I have been slacking lately)

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:45 AM

Anyone have any sugestions on what I can do next or other things I can do to improve?

Also, what is your guy's opinoin on Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)?  I've been reading that it's actually made from gmo corn, is a synthetic vitamin and kills the good bacteria in the gut. I have a feeling it may be contributing to my breakouts when I was taking it last week but I'm not sure.   If anyone has any suggestions on a good multivitmin or vitamin C please inform me! I'll be researching this.

 

Lemon or lime in your water.  Ripe bell peppers, other raw veggies. Green smoothies. And I'd try to improve your fructose malabsorption so you can add some fruit back to your diet.


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[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:44 PM

Sounds great so far! A strict anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, paleo-based diet (with no grains or dairy) and a holistic approach, including exercise and a myriad of vitamins and natural herbs are what finally allowed me to be acne-free. I can tell you're well-educated on supplements and herbs.

 

I take NOW Foods Vitamin C. They're against GMO's. You can also get natural vit C from camu camu, rosehips, and acerola cherries.

 

You might enjoy looking into extra vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, alpha lipoic acid, krill oil (omega 3's), evening primrose oil (omega 6's), astaxanthin, chromium, selenium, MSM (organic sulfur), and/or niacin/niacinamide.

 

For supplementing natural herbs and spices, in addition to what you already mentioned, I'd suggest neem leaf, sea buckthorn fruit powder, burdock root, propolis, milk thistle, licorice root, cayenne, green tea extract, rosemary, thyme, ginger, gotu kola, alfalfa, cacao, goji berries, and chlorella.

 

All of the above things have natural antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that help heal and prevent acne and improve your skin's health and your overall health.


Keep in mind that the above statement(s), opinion(s), and/or recommendation(s) are based on my own personal experience and observations. Different people's bodies react differently to different things. It may not be the same for you. It may not work for you. Generally speaking, "your mileage may vary." In the interest of full disclosure, I am neither a medical doctor nor a nutritionist; I'm just a guy who's passionate about health, nutrition, and clear skin! Consult a practicing physician, dietician, or dermatologist before incorporating new supplements into your diet.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:05 PM

Sounds great so far! A strict anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, paleo-based diet (with no grains or dairy) and a holistic approach, including exercise and a myriad of vitamins and natural herbs are what finally allowed me to be acne-free. I can tell you're well-educated on supplements and herbs.

 

I take NOW Foods Vitamin C. They're against GMO's. You can also get natural vit C from camu camu, rosehips, and acerola cherries.

 

You might enjoy looking into extra vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, alpha lipoic acid, krill oil (omega 3's), evening primrose oil (omega 6's), astaxanthin, chromium, selenium, MSM (organic sulfur), and/or niacin/niacinamide.

 

For supplementing natural herbs and spices, in addition to what you already mentioned, I'd suggest neem leaf, sea buckthorn fruit powder, burdock root, propolis, milk thistle, licorice root, cayenne, green tea extract, rosemary, thyme, ginger, gotu kola, alfalfa, cacao, goji berries, and chlorella.

 

All of the above things have natural antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that help heal and prevent acne and improve your skin's health and your overall health.

Thank you very much for your suggestions!

 

I recently purchased the following herbs in bulk:

(Not only for acne, but also to stock up on things I can use for alternative medicine)

1) Cayenne pepper/powder

2) Paprika powder

3) Burdock root

4) Cat's Claw

5) Dandelion root

 

The first thing I tried was Cat's Claw.. (I was talking to another member about this) and let me tell you... This stuff is amazing!  I was developing a large, swollen, the kind of painful pimple that is deep under your skin on my eyebrow and this stuff totally stopped and prevented it from getting worst! I woke up the next day and it was almost completely gone overnight from taking it the first time.  I'm on day three now and I can no longer feel it at all.  No redness, no pain, no swelling.  It's like it wasn't even there!  I am just amazed because normally it would take a week for something like that to clear up. 

 

I'm kinda excited to see what the other herbs can do xD But I will definitely research what you have listed.  I was going to go for chlorella & krill oil, but I want to try things out one at a time.  

 

Congrats on being acne-free! I'm surprised more people don't try out herbs.  



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:35 AM

Hiibiscus tea aka Jamaica tea is supposed to be high in vitamin C. I've never seen actual stats.  But it's a delicious cold drink. And a great juice substitute. It tastes like some nonspecific tart berry.   Don't buy tea bags or from Whole Foods or any tea place like that.  Look for Latin, Caribbean or other ethnic markets.  I buy whole dried flowers for $4 -6 per pound. And I brew it cold for several hours rather than pouring boiling water on the vitamin C.

 

It's great for skin health and a major component in the very expensive Republic of Tea's Get Gorgeous tea.

 

Another great drink is 'Sassy Water' which is part of the flat belly diet. It's lemons/limes, mint/mint tea, ginger and cucumber in water. Feel free to change up or leave anything out if you don't have it. It's still delicious. And will boost your vitamin C throughout the day. Which is how you want to get your vitamin C.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:54 PM

Ribonnettes, do you consume avocados on a daily basis??

 

What about olive oil?

 

My diet is similar to yours except I eat a lot of varieties of vegetables, raw cheese, butter and lots of olive oil



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:37 PM

DIM (also known as Estroblock), vitamin D3. DIM blocks phytoestrogens that we get from the environment: pollution, chemicals in our water, plastics etc.

Edited by 3lilpigs, 27 June 2013 - 08:39 PM.