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#1 Jaerid

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 01:30 PM

I've always had bad luck supplementing with even the smallest amounts of B-Vitamins. Even the minute amounts that are found in cheap multi-vitamins are enough to set off my skin. So, I was incredibly confused when people on here would tell me that the B-Vitamins were fine and that I needed them. Not only were these people readily discounting the apparent effects of the B-Vitamins, they were also going as far as to recommend them to fight acne. You can see where I start to wonder if it was just some other sort of source that was actually causing the breakouts.

Determined to find out once and for all whether or not these vitamins were actually the root, I decided to try a little experiment that would last approximately 12 months. I knew that trying the vitamin for a few days and basing a decision off of the results wasn't the way to go. No, this had to be a long-term sort of thing.

It looks something like this:

Month 1: No B-Vitamins = Clear skin.
Month 2: Brand #1 B-50 Complex = Acne.
http://www.vitacost....in-B-50-Complex
Month 3: No B-Vitamins = Clear skin.
Month 4: Brand #2 B-50 Complex = Acne.
http://www.vitacost....inlab-B-50-Caps
Month 5: No B-Vitamins = Clear skin.
Month 6: Brand #3 B-50 Complex = Acne.
http://www.vitacost....tamin-B-Complex
Month 7: No B-Vitamins = Clear skin.
Month 8: Brand #4 B-50 Complex = Acne.
http://www.vitacost....tamin-B-Complex
Month 9: No B-Vitamins = Clear skin.
Month 10: Brand #5 B-50 Complex = Acne.
http://www.vitacost....in-B-50-Complex
Month 11: No B-Vitamins = Clear skin.
Month 12: Brand #6 B-50 Complex = Acne.
http://www.vitacost....Plus-Super-B-50

There is NO way that this could be just a coincidence. If I could hit odds like that, I would have been playing the lottery by now.

Edited by Jaerid, 14 January 2011 - 01:50 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:16 PM

B12 and B6 taken in large amounts can make you break out yes. So don't take more than the RDI besides B-Complex is so common that it pretty unnecessary to supplement. Just eat healthier.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:57 PM

Which is exactly what confuses me when people on here immediately discount the possibility that B-Complex could adversely affect your skin. As a matter of fact, I see quite a lot of people not only discounting it's adverse affects, but actually recommending it as a supplement to fight acne. I find all of it quite ironic, but not as bad as the person that was on here a while ago telling us about how she supplemented with extremely large doses of iodine.

Edited by Jaerid, 13 January 2011 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:43 PM

Anyone know of peer-reviewed research showing this? The only ones I could find on a cursory search were individual case reports of megadoses of B6 and B12. Not saying I don't believe it, but just wondering if there's better evidence.

At least you know YOU break out when you take B-complex. I don't think you can generalize it to other people quite yet. As a vegetarian, I've taken large doses of B12 on and off depending on the specifics of my diet, and never noticed a difference. I wasn't nearly as systematic as you though, it didn't even occur to me.

B-vitamins are known to broadly stimulate growth, and lots of associated effects come with that (like increased epithelial cell division, increased appetite... blah blah).

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:02 PM

Wow that's crazy that you tried this for a year. In my experience, B-Complex's broke me out like CRAZY. I stopped after a week. Now I just take the B-Vitamins that actually do help me. Niacin, Biotin, and B5.

I definitely agree with you. I have read big doses of Folic Acid, B6, and B12 can cause acne.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:20 PM

QUOTE (Thehoper @ Jan 13 2011, 11:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow that's crazy that you tried this for a year. In my experience, B-Complex's broke me out like CRAZY. I stopped after a week. Now I just take the B-Vitamins that actually do help me. Niacin, Biotin, and B5.

I definitely agree with you. I have read big doses of Folic Acid, B6, and B12 can cause acne.


Biotin can actually be a negative for cystic acne as well, so be wary of just taking any. I think some people wanted to make sure they weren't deficient in some vitamins when taking others (like B5). However, I'd personally keep out the B6/12/Biotin out of the loop, and add back in yourself. See what your results are. Interesting test, but not surprising, supporting of what quite a few say.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:35 PM

Ive been taking Bcomplex 100 for about a week, havent seen any more pimples than the usual. I'll have to keep an eye on it though

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:36 PM

QUOTE (Nynthii @ Jan 13 2011, 03:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
B12 and B6 taken in large amounts can make you break out yes. So don't take more than the RDI besides B-Complex is so common that it pretty unnecessary to supplement. Just eat healthier.


What's considered too much for B6?

I take 20mg just fine,but it's in a supplement with B5 and some herbs.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:46 PM

I started taking a multivitamin with like 500% B-12. I then noticed new pimples. After that, I looked all over the internet to see if they were breaking me out too, but I couldn't find anything, so I dismissed it as a coincidence. I wonder if there are any multis without B-12. You probably get an adequate amount from diet, anyway.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:50 PM

QUOTE (vapor1 @ Jan 13 2011, 05:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I started taking a multivitamin with like 500% B-12. I then noticed new pimples. After that, I looked all over the internet to see if they were breaking me out too, but I couldn't find anything, so I dismissed it as a coincidence. I wonder if there are any multis without B-12. You probably get an adequate amount from diet, anyway.


Large doses (relative to the tinnnnny RDA) of Vitamin B-12 are considered so harmless that 8000% percent of the RDA is routine for average supplements. Percentages many times that are widely available. I wouldn't worry about 500.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:52 PM

Biotin can cause cystic acne? Damn, how so?

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:48 PM

Google "Biotin acne" and see how many posts you can count about people claiming that biotin caused them cystic acne. As far as I know, nobody really knows "why", they just know it "does".

Anyways, I'm sticking with:

Vitamin A—10,000 IU
Vitamin C—2000mg
Vitamin D—5000 IU
Vitamin E—400 IU
Magnesium—400mg
Zinc—50 mg daily
EPA/DHA—1400 mg EPA and 1000 mg DHA daily

Multi-vitamins, and anything associated with biotin, b12, blah blah blah... can take a hike. As soon as someone finds a reputable vitamin that only offers 100% of these vitamins, then I'll take it into consideration. 8,000% of the RDI one of these vitamins... no.

Edited by Jaerid, 13 January 2011 - 08:58 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:54 PM

You might have had an initial breakout with the B vitamins...you were only on them for a month at a time. I'm a big believer in vitamin B5

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:59 PM

QUOTE (Dan B @ Jan 13 2011, 08:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You might have had an initial breakout with the B vitamins...you were only on them for a month at a time. I'm a big believer in vitamin B5


Are initial breakouts running on some sort of clockwork-based timetable? Getting consistent acne for months on end because the product you're using might give you some sort of mild benefit somewhere down the road does not sound like a very good deal. Sounds like a veritable "carrot and the stick" to me.

Edited by Jaerid, 13 January 2011 - 09:06 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:09 PM

So you were completely clear?

B5 often gives a initial breakout (a temporary increase of acne), if correct because deeper acne or sebum is pushed/removed out of the skin or something like that. Some people see a breakout and quit without knowing how effective B5 might have been in their bodies.

you can google initial breakout with B5 and you will see. I'm just saying maybe you should try 3 months to see the real results

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:11 PM

Yeah I googled Biotin Acne and yeah, no more Biotin for me haha.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:13 PM

QUOTE (Thehoper @ Jan 13 2011, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah I googled Biotin Acne and yeah, no more Biotin for me haha.


why quit it? your signature says you're clear.I'd assume that means you are not being affected by it.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:18 PM

QUOTE (Dan B @ Jan 13 2011, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you were completely clear?

B5 often gives a initial breakout (a temporary increase of acne), if correct because deeper acne or sebum is pushed/removed out of the skin or something like that. Some people see a breakout and quit without knowing how effective B5 might have been in their bodies.

you can google initial breakout with B5 and you will see. I'm just saying maybe you should try 3 months to see the real results


50mg isn't going to help anyone. The recommended dosage for B5 to even start to help acne is like... what, 5000mg? I might as well start eating McDonalds because it might have a trace of Zinc in their patty.

And aside from the acne that was left over from supplementing with with B-50 Complex, I was completely clear. As soon as the product is introduced., the acne returns.

Edited by Jaerid, 13 January 2011 - 09:21 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:18 PM

I am. But there is really no use for me taking it any how. I have only two pills left, so won't be buying any more. I read foods with biotin in it and I get plenty anyway. I'm actually trying to lean myself off as many supplements as possible. Want to be as pure diet as possible. Right now I have essential supplements that I will stick with, being B5, L-Glutamine, Digestive Enzymes, HCL, Probiotics, and Zinc. Everything else I take just seems to be added protection and balance. Vitamin C, D, E, Niacin, Milk Thistle, Calcium, Magnesium, Cinnamon.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:36 AM

I suggest to completely do away with B-Vitamin supplements.




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