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Old 07-02-2003, 06:31 PM   #1
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Post Acne side effect to b12

Just wondering if anyone taking injections or on supplements get any acne breakouts. I had an injection a few years ago as I was low and my level went from 120 -600 it brought me out in acne around my neck and chin. I am now low again and have been taking a supplement for a month and have started to break out again. I am not prone to acne. Anyone have similar experience. Doctors dont seem concerned and have not heard of this reaction.
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Old 07-09-2003, 05:03 PM   #2
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1.5 yrs ago it was found that I was low in B12 also; so I began my injections. 2 wks later I broke out in a rash and blamed it on a hair product. But for that yr my face kept breakingout in acne...and Iwas never prone to it before. I stoppped the B12 injections over the last 4 mths and my face has finally began to clear up! But I had to go for a B12 shot again today as I am down to 100 and will be getting these weekly for awhile again. So I will be keepinga close watch over my face to see if this acne reappears! AGH it is vrey frustrating because I am not given any explanation as why I keep getting low in B12 and they tell me that acne has no relation to it either...but I disagree.

Old 07-15-2003, 05:05 PM   #3
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Hi Cinderella
I think most doctors know very little about B12 or its affects, I know after I was diagnosed and had a bad reaction to the injection my doctor did some reading about it on the internet and rang my endocrinologist to find out more. I got most of my information from the net and other people with the same disorder. The first couple of injections I had made me feel quite ill, my doctor wasn't aware that people could be sensitive and tried to laugh it off until I broke out in hives after every injection! After talking to a few people about it I sort of settled myself to the idea that the first 5 injections were the worst and after that most people start to feel better (and their skin clears up etc)Hopefully the pills won't cause you such a rotten reaction as the injection did.
Have you had an intrinsic factor test? I read your post on your diet and it didn't seem so bad, so I would be a bit worried about your absorption. If you have had an intrinsic factor test and it was normal I would start taking a multi-vitamin daily with B12 included in it to try and keep your level up so as to avoid another B12 'crash'.
I hope you are feeling MUCH better soon
All the best!
sue adams

Old 07-15-2003, 06:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for your posts. I had the Intrinsic test and they said it was normal. I stopped taking my b12 100mcg and my pimples stopped so I started taking it again and the pimples started. I will now wait until they die down and just take a low dose of 2-10mcg. I feel my level has been met and my body doesnt tolerate a big supply? I am due for more blood work so that will be interesting to see what level I am on.
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