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#41 tiredofacneat25

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE (sushikam @ Dec 3 2009, 09:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Moved from Nutrition and Holistic Health Forum (sorry, didn't realize there was a vitamin forum til after I posted it!)

So I did a little quick reading on peoples reviews about how fish oil may cause acne. I understand it needs to be balanced with omega 6's and 9's (which I am not doing), but that sounds like a difficult thing to figure out in a timely manner.

Anyway, I have been taking 1200mg of fish oil, 50mg zinc, and 500 mg of vitamin C each day for pretty much two months exactly as of today (the same amount of time I have been on the regimen). I actually only added the vitamin C about 3 weeks ago.

I noticed that when I started the regimen, as well as these pills, that I started breaking out on my back...I never did before except for the occassional pimple probably from my bra. Well it got bad! I wasn't even doing the regimen there since I had no acne there, and I was really confused why I was breaking out. My chest has always broken out, got really bad at the start of the regimen, but is pretty clear as of today. My back is still breaking out bad, all on my upper back. But a couple days ago I noticed I am also breaking out on my lower lower back, right below my waist line...this is new to me!! My back just seems to be getting worse even though I continue to use the regimen religiously (as well as with the AHA+) on my back. And this week, my face has broken out really bad and I am not sure why. I haven't changed anything with the regimen or pills, so this is confusing to me. I mean I haven't cleared up yet, no where near it really, but I started getting more and more breakouts just recently.

I haven't taken the fish oil since Monday, so I've gone without it for 3 days as of today. I am going to test not taking it and see how it goes. If I see clearing, and clearing without another random flareup like I seem to be getting every couple weeks since I've started this, then I'll continue to stop taking it and just take the zinc and vitamin C.

Hope my back clears up, as well as some of my face too!! Has anyone had this kind of problem before??


EDIT: ADD: Also, I hardly ever got cysts before the regimen (like once or twice a year, one at a time). Now I get one nearly every two weeks, most on my jaw line and forehead, in the same exact spots each time. Another fish oil issue? I am just not going to take it for two weeks at least and see if it helps...heck...I may not go back to it out of fear!! eusa_shifty.gif


I have tried all different kinds of high end fish oil and cod liver oil in various forms, they all made me break out badly with cystic acne along with chin and lower cheeks. I think some people just don't respond positively, though it works magic for others.

I'm considering trying flax seed oil pills or evening primrose oil. Any thoughts out there?


#42 gayhenna

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:25 AM

I have been really surprised to realize that it may be fish oil causing me acne!

I don't remember anymore why exactly I stopped eating fishoil just now (a few days ago) - I had started taking fish oil pills again a month or so ago, after a long time of not taking them. Ever since (of starting to consume fish oil pills again) I developed lots of pimples on my cheeks as well as mouth area, but because I started using AHA+ at the same time, I thought it would just be my purging period.

Nevertheless, only a few days after of not taking fishoil pills - yes, my pimples have stopped from emerging!

It's amazing. I never knew that eating fish oil pills would have such an reaction on my skin! I remember I didn't take fish oil pills for a few months earlier this spring (we didn't have any at home and no one would buy more) and I remember that my skin was much better back then! I just didn't know it was because of NOT taking fish oil pills!! I wish I had realized that earlier, I've been taking fish oil pills for so long (a couple years at least). Well, I'm just happy now that my pimples have started to lessen and maybe the scars will eventually fade away, too!

So if you start taking fish oil pills and after that you notice pimples arising every single day ( a pimple / day; also if you seem to get more cysts than you normally do... yeah, happened to me, i have never got cysts before!) you might want to cut down the amount of fish oil you take / stop taking it altogether.

Edited by gayhenna, 01 July 2011 - 09:33 AM.


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Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:27 AM

I started taking CVS brand last week, 3x1000mg/ day and have been getting cystic acne along my jaw. Gonna stop and see if it improves.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 07:44 PM

hmm

i was going to start taking these , But with all the reviews on how it causes acne and how sensitive my skin is not sure it's worth the risk

this sucks

Edited by Kraven Moorhead, 06 November 2011 - 07:45 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:42 PM

Yup, I hate flaxseed now. If you are young, then just consume salmon once a week, you should be fine. I also took saw palmetto for a few days, broke me out as well.

Lesson is learned. If you don't have obvious hormonal imbalances, dont mess with these herbs. they might cause more problems.

I am deficient in Vitamin D. So currently, I have started taking vitamin D with calcium and magnesium. Also a low dose of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium.

I just hope this damn break out from flaxseed and saw palmetto goes away soon! Posted Image



Interesting, because I'm the opposite: Fish oil doesn't break me out and Vitamin D does. Saw Palmetto clears me up. I'm thinking they do something to hormones, well, I know SP does, but I think fish oil and D do as well and it's the opposite of what I need. You are the opposite of me, obviously. I'm wondering if they lower estrogens and/or progesterone...


Fish oil makes my skin very dry, though, so I can't take it.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:54 PM

High-quality cod liver oil is probably your best bet. It can get pricey, but the high doses of Vitamins A and D from natural sources should help with acne, rather than harm it. I started out with the minimum dose (one capsule) and I'm going to up it after a month if everything goes well. I've been taking it for a couple of weeks and have only seen improvements in my skin (though, I am also taking AVC and using the regimen topically) as far as not only the amount of and severity of my acne, but my inflammation and dryness have improved drastically. I am also getting fewer migraines (most likely due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the CLO.)

The difference between cod liver oil and fish oil is this: fish oil is derived from the flesh of fish like salmon, tuna, and sometimes even sardines (the inexpensive brands you get at Walmart or other drugstores will use this). There is a risk of ingesting small amounts of mercury with fish oil. Cod liver oil is taken directly from the livers of fish like cod (obviously) and sometimes mackerel. Livers and other organs have always been known to have great nutritional properties.

Edited by jaynect, 14 December 2011 - 12:57 PM.


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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:10 AM

how long do things like fish oil, or vitamin d usually take to cause acne (the supplements)? I am just going to stop all supplements (was taking fish oil for the past week and vitamin d for the past month) and i developed three HUGE pimples on my face (and on my back s well)

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:17 PM

I think fish oil may have given me cystic acne as well. I've been taking fish oil for a few months and have noticed a lot more cystic pimples during that time. After discovering this post I will stop taking this supplement and see if my skin clears up.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:08 PM

so ive been taking fish oil for a long time..1gram daily. I got all the benefits they say it provides. Then well shit started happening (specifically after i awe.. did the dirty) anyway i started having what seems to be an allergic reaction to fish oill im breaking out in many bumps. i stopped taking it and such has went away but im still breaking out. I was taking b5 with L-cartinine to facilitate absorption and L-cartinine also helps burn fat. Well, im wondering if the hormonal change lead to it upsetting a balance and a build up of toxins from the fat cells to be released causing breakouts. idk a theory anyway. Either im now allergic to it, or i have a metal toxicity from to much.

Although taking 81mg aspirin helped dramatically reduce the bumps i got. Aspirin is an NSAID and also used to prevent hives in people taking certain medications. So if people are breaking out i would try a vegan source instead of it from fish or borage oil.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:43 AM

Oh no, after getting pretty clear, I think my son's acne is getting worse since starting fish oil supplements.  He has dry eyes and two doctors told him to take fish or flax oil.  He started Carlson's Very Finest 2 weeks ago and new pimples are emerging every day.  So this is common?  Does anyone have any experience with flax ail?



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

Is there anyone here who taken fishoil and it doesn't cause acne?



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

I tried fish oil a some days ago with zinc...broke me out so bad omg..

I wouldnt recommend it to be honest.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

Fish oil gives me cysts and interestingly enough, evening primrose oil gives me cysts too. I think it's better to just avoid oils lol.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

I know fish oil is good for you.  So we can't take it b/c of acne.  That really sucks.



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

You know I sometimes wonder who the hell runs these clinical studies that suggest x helps y. I have been relatively acne free for what must be the better part of 7 years now. I suffer from Seb. Dermatitis and thought that as my acne had been gone for so long maybe some fish oil would improve my Seb. Dermatitis.

You know what, it didn't. It broke me out in massive cysts and worse still it gave me drug induced hypomania. 700mg of EPA 200mg GHA and 120mg of GLA. I spent most of the month of January quite insane and I'm now spending Feburary dealing with my resurgent acne. My old regimen doesn't seem to work anymore so I'm trying a moderate amount of lactoferrin and Zinc as well. Yeah more supplements you'd think I'd learn. I've have adaplene as well. I know the effectiveness of any regimen is measured in months and years so its going to be a long climb back.

You know I sometimes wonder who the hell runs these clinical studies that suggest x helps y. I have been relatively acne free for what must be the better part of 7 years now. I suffer from Seb. Dermatitis and thought that as my acne had been gone for so long maybe some fish oil would improve my Seb. Dermatitis.

You know what, it didn't. It broke me out in massive cysts and worse still it gave me drug induced hypomania. 700mg of EPA 200mg GHA and 120mg of GLA. I spent most of the month of January quite insane and I'm now spending Feburary dealing with my resurgent acne. My old regimen doesn't seem to work anymore so I'm trying a moderate amount of lactoferrin and Zinc as well. Yeah more supplements you'd think I'd learn. I've have adaplene as well. I know the effectiveness of any regimen is measured in months and years so its going to be a long climb back.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:36 AM

Yes, I believe that fish oils, especially in capsule form, can increase acne.

 

Last year, I started taking Cod Liver Oil. I went on a six month course of Roaccutane when I was seventeen, so I thought the fish oil would help to keep my oils balanced.

 

Nope! It was exactly a year ago that I started developing cystic acne along my jawline and chin - the same time I'd started taking Cod Liver Oil. I didn't really think much of it, until I had a "Food Sensitivity" test last week. The test revealed that I'm intolerant to quite a few type of fish, which I was very surprised about. I also developed an allergic reaction on my neck after eating haddock a few days ago, before I had my test done. These two events helped me to put two and two together, and I started to realise that the CLO might have been increasing my flare-up of acne. I have stopped taking it and I am already seeing a difference. Only time will tell, though.

 

Despite the whole hype about fish oils being good for acne, it really does depend on the individual. In the meantime, I'm going to make sure I eat fish that I'm not allergic to (I can eat salmon and tuna), and probably look into an alternative, such as flaxseed oil. 



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:18 AM

What is the quality of the fish oil you are using? I've broken out before from low quality oil, but higher quality oil is wonderful. You may have to venture to a health food store.