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  1. Have you looked into Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)? If you have issues with bloating when eating fruits like apples and grapes you may have fructose intolerance, which can be a symptom of SIBO.
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    how to NOT lose weight on paleo?

    As a fellow skinny chick gone Paleo, here are some things I'd like to emphasize: MAKE SURE TO EAT CARBS (100-150g/day if not more...still trying to figure this out). I don't understand why there is so much carb hate in the Paleo community. Low-carb dieting is often detrimental to health over the long term, as carbs are needed for production of the active thyroid hormone T3 which is responsible for several important bodily functions. Going low carb for too long, ESPECIALLY if you're underweight, can mess up your metabolism something awful, leading to slowed digestion, gut infections, fatigue, low body temperature and other assorted nasties... I'd suggest eating white and/or sweet potatoes loaded with butter alongside your veggies and meat. Whole food carbs won't hurt you. Also, don't eat just muscle meat- gelatin-rich bone broth is equally important. Chowing down on ribeyes all the time without consuming broth may cause issues, and is something many Paleo peeps do without realizing it. (see: http://180degreehealth.blogspot.com/2011/0...oser-look.html). Too much protein can kill your appetite, too. The reason I am mentioning this is because I was underweight when I went on strict Paleo (August 2010-March 2011), did low carb due to suspected gut dysbiosis issues and weird carb fear from Paleo forums, and got -sick.- To be fair, I was hypothyroid before going Paleo and I did actually gain some weight from the switch, but that was more related to gluten issues than anything. My health deteriorated without sufficient carbs, and my breath and B.O. STANK. YMMV, but I think the best thing to do as far as Paleo goes is avoid wheat and processed foods, eat whole foods with sufficient carbs, and see how your body reacts to that before cutting everything else out.
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    What fruit are best for acne?

    Can you get organic frozen berries? Those are usually very fresh.
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    extreme dry skin

    Sorry to hear you're having such a rough time. Running the gauntlet of traditional doctors, supplements and alternative treatments with little relief must be incredibly frustrating. Have you tried acupuncture for balancing your immune system? When I think dry skin, I think thyroid issues, low calcium/magnesium, or lack of high-quality animal fat in diet, but I'm not sure if any of those can lead to symptoms as severe as you're describing. When you said your sweat irritates the crap out of your skin, that makes it sound like your sebum is abnormally inflammatory, possibly due to a fatty acid imbalance, though the fact that supplements didn't help you is odd. How's your gut health?
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    Treating Candida AND Leaky Gut

    The way your saliva floats in a glass of water has nothing to do with your intestinal health. Judge your progress by actual digestive symptoms. If you want to fix your gut, the best diets for doing so are GAPS, SCD, and paleo, with lots of bone broth. There is a lot of overlap between them. The candida diet is overly restrictive and most people don't need to go nearly that far to heal.
  6. Hypothyroid (currently working with a doc to get my levels stabilized, in the meantime my skin doesn't heal, I get bouts of depression and my hair is falling out), along with some undiagnosed digestive issue that makes my whole GI tract cramp up and sound like a coffee percolator. The acne is, embarrassingly, the most disabling of these issues, mostly because all of it is scarring. My life is Fun Times right now. But this too shall pass...
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    Are these ice pick scars?

    @ timehealsall: I think my skin is like that due to my hypothyroidism and not the products I use, tho it is a bit oily from emu oil. The skin on my hands and legs is the same way. @ bameano: I used emu oil 2x day with Retin-A. My skin just didn't do well with it, and it never cleared my acne after 6 months, either. Thanks for the suggestion, though! I'm sure it works great for some people. And TGF-Beta-1 has a key role in scar formation, so boosting levels of it could lead to more scarring.
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    Are these ice pick scars?

    Yeah, I know these particular scars aren't that bad, but on top of my other scars (rolling, boxcar, hypertrophic) they bug me, especially since they came out of nowhere on the only places I didn't have much scarring. I think Retin-A actually caused them, because I had nothing like this until about a month after starting Retin-A, and kept getting them during the six months I was on it...it does increase TGF-beta-1 production, after all. I will take it easy as far as treating them goes, though! Might try copper peptides.
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    Are these ice pick scars?

    I just got some more that look like fingernail marks, too (bright red line here): http://tinypic.com/r/2gy7kg3/7 ...but they're not. I never pick or pop. There were no pimples there. Thank god no one else sees my skin that close up, but seriously. These things blow.
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    Lingering scars...years later

    1) They may have had more minor acne than kids today do due to their diet, lifestyle, etc. 2) They may not have stressed about it as much as we do. Stress can dramatically impair healing, and sometimes I wonder if chronic stress can make one prone to scarring... 3) More young people have taken Accutane than older people Also, my dad definitely has rolling and boxcar acne scars on his cheeks and temples, and some of them are pretty deep. He is 52, and doesn't give a rat's ass about his pits. But I've also noticed more young people with scarring than middle-aged people with it, and most of them are out living their lives normally. The way I see it at this point: someone with scars, no matter their age, can either try their best to be happy with themself and their life despite their scars, or continue to feel lousy and depressed with them. The scars are there and some people may notice them; that's a fact that they can't avoid. But how they react to the scarring and people's comments is entirely under their control. I, for one, don't intend to just curl up and die because my face is a mess.
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    Lingering scars...years later

    Yup, some people notice scarring. Is it surprising that someone who works at a spa and deals with beauty issues would point it out? I don't think so. I'm sure most people probably don't even notice your scarring, and if they do notice, they probably don't care about it. Before I had acne scarring, I never noticed it on anyone; now I see a ton of people with it. It's a real mind game. When dealing with scars, I think at a certain point you simply need to stop giving a damn what other people think about your appearance and just live your life the way you want to live it. Easier said than done, I know...
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    Are these ice pick scars?

    I have the same exact thing. The only topical I use now is Finacea. I have stopped picking as well, but I still get them out of nowhere too. When I asked a plastic surgeon about using TCA cross on them he said he wouldn't do it and I'm too chicken to try doing it on myself. It is very frustrating indeed. If you don't mind my asking, do you take any vitamin supplements, and have you used a retinoid before? I'm trying to figure out if either of those is the cause. I think it's either the Retin-A or some vitamins I take that caused them, but I'm not sure. That's odd that you get them with Finacea.
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    Are these ice pick scars?

    I didn't squeeze the area at all, and I don't pick my skin. Just an update: I stopped Retin-A about a month ago, and only cleanse very gently with emu and castor oil, and I'm still getting these. I've gotten a few on my right cheek that are almost identical to the ones on my left. They come out of nowhere or form around small inflamed pimples. Wish I could figure out the cause! Anyone know if TCA cross works on these things?
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    Finding the right sources of fat

    Sure! I started eating a lot of bacon, eggs, salmon, chicken thighs with skin, lamb chops, making beef broth in the slow cooker with fatty knuckle bones, etc. I still don't eat as much animal fat as I'd like to, so I'm going to order a tub of grass-fed beef tallow to cook with. Fat is definitely important for skin health, and I can see a difference in my skin when I don't eat enough of it. If you ditch the rice, you can add sweet potato with butter, mashed parsnips with butter, or just double up on your veggie portion. Put butter or cheese on steamed veggies if dairy doesn't affect you. IMHO, the most "acne-safe" diet is one based on leafy greens like kale and spinach, high-quality meats (including fat, liver, bones), oily fish, berries and other low-sugar fruit. Dairy (pastured, preferably raw), eggs, coconut and nuts are good if tolerated, but some have trouble with them. Some people find that plants in the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, etc.) cause inflammation and need to be avoided, too. But most people don't need to be nearly that strict to get clear. Full disclosure: I eat this way and am not clear, but my acne is much more mild than before. Hope that helps!