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Old 01-18-2005, 05:29 AM   #1
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What kinds of medications have made people's acne turn cystic?

I'm looking into meds for my chronic acne. Has anyone's acne gotten worse as a result of taking a certain med? Or even a supplement like B5?

 
Old 01-18-2005, 06:35 AM   #2
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Post Re: What kinds of medications have made people's acne turn cystic?

Yep, vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg) did it to me (red cysts showed up on my forehead between the eyes). Had to stop taking it in a mega dose size (167 times (16,667%!) the RDA of 6 mcg). If you do a google search on vitamin B12 and acne, you will see evidence supporting this as well.

Now I get all of my B's in a balanced fashion by taking either one-a-day carb smart or one-a-day essential. The only additional supplements I take 12 hours from the multiple are:

Zinc (50 mg.)
C (250 mg. - 1/2 a pill)
E (200 i.u. mixed tocopherols)
folic acid (400 mcg)

 
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Old 01-18-2005, 07:57 AM   #3
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Re: What kinds of medications have made people's acne turn cystic?

I take a b-complex pill. Will my acne flare up because of the B12 in it?

 
Old 01-18-2005, 08:14 AM   #4
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Wink Re: What kinds of medications have made people's acne turn cystic?

It depends on the level of B12 and your sensitivity to it. I try to keep the vitamin Bs at a balanced level, close to 100% of the RDA, or a reasonable multiple of the RDA. For example, one-a-day carb smart's highest RDA multiple for any B is only 150%. I'd try to keep any one B vitamin below 300% of the RDA, preferably closer to 100%. In one-a-day essential, all the Bs are at 100% of the RDA. Remember that mega-dosing on any one B can deplete the other Bs.

 
Old 01-18-2005, 03:36 PM   #5
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Re: What kinds of medications have made people's acne turn cystic?

Yasmin bith control pills gave me cystic acne all over my chin and jawline. As soon as I switched back to Zovia, it stopped completely.

 
Old 01-18-2005, 10:00 PM   #6
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Re: What kinds of medications have made people's acne turn cystic?

I used to have mild acne on my forehead and some small whiteheads on my chin...just enough to be persistant and annoying. Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo was a NIGHTMARE for my skin! I broke out in huge, painful, cysts on my jawline and even a couple in-between my eyes! The worst part was that I had to stay on it for 11 months due to insurance issues. My family got new insurance on January 1st, so I was able to switch to TriNessa 28 (generic Ortho Tri-Cyclen). So far, things are looking a little bit better. No new cysts!!

 
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