New Vegetarian Is Pale & Breaking Out

In the past 4 days since I’ve started a vegetarian diet, I’m breaking out A LOT more & everyone has been saying that I look pale


I have recently started a vegetarian diet switching from poultry and fish. I never really ate a lot of red meat to begin with. I have noticed in the past 4 days since I’ve started eating only veggies that my skin is breaking out A LOT more (on my back, neck and arms) and everyone has been saying that I look pale.

Has this happened to any other vegetarians out there? I don’t know if its the food I’m eating which is a pretty healthy combination of salads and other veggies..or if I may be allergic to something I have eaten.

Just wanna know if this is normal and will go away or if I need to see a doctor. F. K.
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Savvy Vegetarian Advice:

It doesn’t sound normal. You could be allergic to something you’re eating that you’ve never eaten before. Soy is a possibility. But you should have other symptoms if you’re having an allergic reaction. You could be detoxing, you could be constipated, you could be iron deficient or some other deficient. It could be unrelated to your veg diet. I honestly don’t know.

You may want to see a doctor for deficiency and allergy testing. A veg friendly dietitian is also a possibility. But in the meantime:

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Check out the

vegetarian nutrition report for info on how to eat a balanced vegetarian diet:

Plus read this book: The New Becoming Vegetarian, by Melina and Davis, both vegan RDs. I recommend it highly for all vegetarians.

And don’t forget to drink LOTS of water! It’ll help move those toxins out, as will a general intestinal cleanse if you’re inclined.

Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian

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3 Responses to “New Vegetarian Is Pale & Breaking Out”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I've also found that cutting dairy and refined carbohydrates out of my diet hasn't had the posiitve effect on my skin that I thought it would.. and that's after three months
    anyone know why?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow,I am the same way. I have gone from traditional American " althy"eating (Total cereal, Luna bars, ect) to vegetarian, to now becoming vegan and I am now paler (but w/ more freckles) and breaking out more than ever before. It is very strange…I thought I was lactoseintolerate and didn't respond well to eggs, thus dropped them, but I still have bad skin and a bad digestive system.

  3. Anonymous says:


    If you have only recently turned vego I would highly recommend that you see your dr for a blood test to ensure that your Iron and Vit B12 levels are ok. These are two of the major things derived from red meat, and often new vegos can end up with anaemia if they are not watching their diet carefully.

    How are your energy levels and emotions? If you have been feeling tired and lethargic, had digestive irregularities or have been feeling a bit up and down emotionally it may be worthwhile going to the dr.

    The variety of vegetables sounds great, but you also need to consider where you are getting your protein from. Do you still eat dairy and eggs? They can be good sources of protein. Soy and legumes should also be a major part of a vegetarian diet as well as a good mix of carbohydrates – think wholegrain!

    As for the pimples, this certainly could be your body detoxing. Increase your water intake and try to cut down on overly refined foods and sugars, oily and greasy food and stimulants such as coffee. A diet high in spicy foods such as chilli and garlic may be exacerbating this problem.

    Skin care products may be the issue – sometimes foaming facial washes can strip the skin of oil, causing the skin to overproduce oil leading to further break outs.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine can help with skin conditions such as this, as can dermatologists. It may be worthwhile checking those out.

    Good luck hope you feel better soon :)

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