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Tanned/orange looking skin?

I've had a lot of people say that I look really tanned/orange lately, I live in England so I sure don't have a tan, nor would I ever use fake tan.

I read about beta carotene in papayas possibly causing, I eat some everyday. Could this really cause my skin to go orange though? I'm getting quite concerned about it.
asked Apr 5, 2015 by Paul25
That happened to me too in the past when I ate a lot of pumpkin or carrots. I wasn't eating much protein back then though. (I never had issues with eating lots of leafy greens which are ven higher in beta-carotene. So,something gives me the impression that it migth not be beta-carotene causing it...)
Anyway, I heard that B12 is important in the processing of beta-carotene,which is only found in animal proteins. So,you migth want to try eating more animal protein especially sources high in B12 and see if it fades.

Also back then I had even crappier gutfunction than I have now,so leaky gut could also be one of the culprits.

2 Answers

Sounds like mild carotenosis, which can be a sign of hypothyroidism or not so great liver function. You might want to consider switching fruit from papaya to something else if your body can't correctly handle the carotene.
answered Apr 5, 2015 by PeatNoob
Are you supplementing thyroid? I am not sure if it has anything to do with it but I noticed my skin tends to get more orange if I take too much cynoplus.  I guess it burdens the liver so it than cannot process all the carotene especially if you eat a lot of foods with carotene, I.e. daily carrot or 2. Off topic but I also noticed to feel better when I lower the cynoplus dose drastically now,I guess time and effort where worth while and now I dont need it as much ;)
answered Apr 8, 2015 by Nemesis