I've been around acne.org for quite some time now and still haven't gotten clear. But I have picked up alot of information about diet, hormones, skin care and more. The first culprit I found for my acne was soy & flax. Both are goitrogenic and also contain high amounts omega 6's (linoleic acid) and also phytoestrogens. It has always been hard for me to pinpoint which aspect of soy is so bad for my acne. It may be a collective effort. Regardless, I never eat soy or flax as I breakout severely from both. I have been paleo on & off with some success but never close to what I wanted. Recently I read about a much stricter version of paleo called AI Paleo (autoimmune) which eliminates eggs, nuts, seeds, and nightshades. Thats the gist of it although there are a fewer other things to eliminate. Google it if you are interested. I realized that I ate eggs and nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and any peppers except black pepper) limitlessly through the whole time I have had acne. The whole nightshade aspect seems strange to me though, aren't we supposed to be eating fruits, vegetables, and tubers? Aren't those the healthiest foods? I have always looked at diet with an evolutionary spin. We didn't eat grains because we couldn't process them, or we didn't eat dairy because cow breast milk is meant for the calf only. These are just assumptions though. So I began to investigate why eggs break some people out. Please don't deny this, as many people on acne.org and also paleohacks.com find that eggs contribute to their acne. But that doesn't mean that eggs break everyone out. Personally I believe egg yolks are super nutritious, but theres alot of debate. In my research I found that egg yolks are super high in arachidonic acid (AA) which is inflammatory, also organ meats and chicken fat. I eat a lot of chicken. I again saw online that some people breakout from eating too much chicken. Arachidonic Acid (AA) is derived from Linoleic Acid (LA), an omega 6, in your body. There is a lot of controversy over how much AA is necessary. Some websites claim that it is the source of all inflammation, whereas others say it is completely healthy in normal amounts. It is known that AA converts into many inflammatory metabolites in the body, some that contribute directly to acne like. These include the 4 series leukotrienes (LTB4, LTC4, LTD4, LTE4). There might be more, please research into it yourself. It is also already known that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is overloaded with omega 6’s which are inflammatory. I find that even canola oil can break me out. Recently I ate half a chicken, and a carton of eggs and I have been breaking out.
Let me get to the point. To test my theories, I am going to continue with a paleo diet, limiting grains, dairy, sugar, and legumes but I will also cut out eggs, chicken, avocados, organ meats, nuts, seeds palm oil, olive oil, and anything that could have high amounts of Arachidonic Acid or Linoleic Acid. Before, my paleo diet didn’t focus on this aspect, I still ate a lot of eggs, chicken, avocados, and olive oil every day. Basically I am going to try cutting my Omega 6 intake as much as possible. This may seem extreme to some, dietary changes have always been easy for me since I cook my own food. This leaves me to eating beef, fish, coconut, vegetables, and fruit. To me this seems to run parallel with my evolutionary mindset towards food. The following shows AA and LA content of common foods.
I believe that some intake of Omega 6 is natural, such as that in grass fed meats or wild fish, but maybe our ancestors ate almost none in comparison to what we consume today. I don’t know if there is a name for this diet, but I am ultimately trying to cut my AA and LA intake by a lot while also focusing on other things such as consuming mostly nutrient rich vegetables such as asparagus, sweet potatoes, spinach, lettuce, zucchini and so forth. I don’t want meat or fruit to dominate my diet.