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Old 02-09-2017, 10:16 AM
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I don't have an allergy to anything (except maybe besides some hair products). Allergies are instant. Food intolerance causes things like acne. I was suffering from acne on the lower right jaw for a long time. I eliminated wheat and dairy but was still getting acne. It took me a while to figure out that the problem was coming from peanuts. I was on vacation and was eating wheat and dairy regularly but no peanuts. When I came back I had peanut butter everyday for 5 days and broke out in red, painful, cystic acne all over my lower right jaw. I avoid peanut products now like the plague and my lower right jaw has been clear. I still try and avoid wheat and dairy but I was on vacation again for the last two weeks and couldn't really avoid them as much as I wanted. I still haven't really broke out. I never had clear skin but my skin looks a lot better than when I was eating peanuts.

I was wondering if the culprit was peanut products all along? I read online to eat a food product you think you're intolerant to for 3 days straight and see what happens. I have definitely been eating wheat and dairy for 3 days straight and didn't really break out. I did get a pimple today but it's nothing like when I was eating peanuts. I'm tempted to bring dairy and some wheat products back into my regular diet, especially yogurt. Is 3 days really a good indicator to determine whether or not it would be safe? I'm wondering if dairy products would affect me much later, like a month later, since they could affect the hormones in women.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:38 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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One of my kids gets acne on her chin and jaw when she eats a lot of oily foods. Maybe that's what's causing your issue? She's found that if she washes her face right after eating oily food, she's less likely to break out.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:03 PM
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Just one addition: allergies are not necessarily instant. There are delayed allergies that can crop up a few days later. That's what makes it so hard to recognize food allergies. That headache that you get for no known reason might be from something you ate a few days ago!
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:44 PM
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I used to eat salted peanuts a lot and got those cystic pimples. A friend told me she had the same problem but it was cured when she quit eating commercial salt on foods. So I eliminated salt and the pimples went away and did not come back. So it might be the salt for you, not the peanuts. Just a thought...

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Old 03-07-2017, 07:12 PM
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Get tested! I was tested for food sensitivities last summer by an allergy and immunology doctor and my mind was blown with the results. I have since picked up the Whole30 and tried it out...among many things that improved, 2 weeks in my skin was perfectly clear. I went off the Whole30 and within a week my skin was broken out again.

Milk, Peanuts, Corn, Lamb, Oysters, Blueberries, Green Beans and.....Celery..... if you can believe it were all on my list. I feel like a completely different person since making a conscious effort to remove these items. My thinking is more clear, more energy, I need less sleep, my weird little skin rashes that pop up from time to time have disappeared, I sleep more soundly and I am not as irritable.

Hope this helps!
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:24 PM
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I was tested and though I have many types of allergic reactions--congestion, headache, etc., the allergy pin prick test show no sensitivities. Very frustrating.
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