‘A combination of LCHF and paleo healed my skin’

Natasha Estrugo Acne

Not long ago, Natasha shared her weight-loss journey with us. Her new lifestyle not only helped her to slim down, but eating low carb also healed her acne.

Here, she shares her story, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

The e-mail

Dear Andreas,

A little while ago, you shared my weight-loss story on dietdoctor.com.

This had me thinking that I would like to share my story on how a combination of LCHF and paleo healed my skin.

When I initially changed my lifestyle, I have to admit that my skin was not my biggest motivation. I wanted to lose weight first and then focus on the rest. When I started to lose weight I felt happy, positive, and encouraged and the focus shifted to the health side of this lifestyle. This is when I started to do research into trying to heal my skin from the inside out.

I was still eating dairy in the beginning of my journey. I changed that when I read that dairy can have a negative effect on a percentage of the population’s skin (amongst other symptoms), hence why I now follow a low-carb paleo approach.

The condition of my skin did not magically get better over night when I cut dairy out. In fact, it got slightly worse for a short time, but I was patient and I knew things would get better, just like how I knew an LCHF lifestyle would help me lose weight! It was a long process and it took time for my skin to heal.

I embarked on this journey in March 2015, and my skin was completely healed only by December 2015/January 2016. I still had a couple of breakouts during 2016, but nothing like it was before. I used to get big, painful cysts on my neck and jawline. I haven’t had any experience of this for more than a year! My skin is now clear, my pores have minimized, and my skin is even smoother with fewer wrinkles!

All credit goes to eating a clean and unprocessed low-carb healthy-fats diet! The reason I’m sharing my story is because I want other acne sufferers to know that there is a cure for this condition! It’s possible to heal acne. You just need to be patient and let the food you eat heal your body and gut. Do not give up after a couple of months, this takes time. No cream, pills, magic potion ever helped my skin. LCHF works!

I have attached a before and after photo of my skin. In both photos I am not wearing any makeup and neither has a filter.



Thank you for sharing this, Natasha!

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