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Anytime you switch up your diet, there are bound to be changes that manifest itself internally, as well as externally. And those can show up on the skin.  

There are a couple reasons for acne on the keto diet. 

  1. Ketogenic diet acne can be directly related to the keto diet itself. This is from the foods you are eating, or in the process of becoming fat-adapted. It could be causing an increase or decrease in oil production in the skin. Make sure you are drinking plenty or water, and getting some sun, to help regulate oil production. You may need to try an elimination diet of certain foods. Common irritants are dairy, eggs, nut and seeds. Try eliminated one food group for two week, and see if you skin improves. If it does, you may need to eliminate that food for a few months to let your stomach heal, as your stomach might be damaged. 
  2. Ketosis acne could also be just a result of losing weight. Becoming fat adapted can cause the release of toxins and estrogen being stored in fat cells. In men, androgen levels may increase, which can cause acne. Make sure you are supporting the digestion system by taking probiotics, and adding gelatin to your morning Bulletproof Coffee.  

 

If you are experiencing any ketogenic diet acne, remember to never pick at your skin. This can lead to scarring and discoloration.  

Don't use harsh, chemical-based cleansers, and don't clean your face more than twice a day.  

 You want to be kind to your skin. So use gentle cleansers and exfoliate regularly with a mild exfoliant, such as baking soda.  

Charcoal or mud face masks have been shown to drawn out dirt in the pores.  

You can spot treat with tea tree oil. Just a small amount of oil will penetrate the skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. 

Instead of using a harsh, chemical-based toner, you can easily make your own at home. Just combine 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 3 parts water. You can keep it in a jar, and dab your face with a cotton ball once a day. Make sure you let it completely dry before applying a moisturizer. I prefer to use coconut oil, so I can avoid chemicals found in most retail moisturizers. 

I hope this help provide you with some relief. Leave a comment below, letting us know how you avoid low-carb diet acne or other acne when changing up your diet!

Samantha Stephenson, Primal Health Coach, ACE CPT 

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