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Chromium Cured 95% My Acne. Now Causing Hair Loss...

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I have had moderate/severe acne for about 5 years(19 now) It has caused me a great deal of depression, i've tried many things in the past( creams, cleansers, diet changes, various other supplements) but to no avail.

Around a month ago, i started using chromium picolinate at around 800mg-1000mg. It virtually rid of my acne(around 90-95%.)

I was so pleased with the results, however, about a week in my hair started getting REALLY thin and frail looking. At the rate it's going i'll have the hair of a 70 year old by the end of the year.

I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else, and what can i do about it?

I have read that chromium interferes with zinc and iron absorption, perhaps this is the cause? Any help is really appreciated, thanks.

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I would reduce or stop chromium altogether. Supplement with zinc (just 1 tablet a day, maybe around 30mg) and eat red meats. If it works, it'll take months to see the effects because new hair has to grow in.

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I would reduce or stop chromium altogether. Supplement with zinc (just 1 tablet a day, maybe around 30mg) and eat red meats. If it works, it'll take months to see the effects because new hair has to grow in.

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Vitamin D can indirectly help with hair loss. Biotin helps too, but can cause more acne. Chromium is supposed to be really good for acne, but the hair loss is a reported side effect unfortunately. You could try reducing chromium and taking it in the morning, then take zinc at night or vice versa to make sure chromium won't interfere with zinc.

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Vitamin D can indirectly help with hair loss. Biotin helps too, but can cause more acne. Chromium is supposed to be really good for acne, but the hair loss is a reported side effect unfortunately. You could try reducing chromium and taking it in the morning, then take zinc at night or vice versa to make sure chromium won't interfere with zinc.

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Thanks for both replies, going to try various doses of zinc and iron at different times to see if it helps. noticed less shedding and healthier looking hair when using 150mg zinc /day, i know this is a lot more than the RDA but my thinking is that if the chromium is inhibiting absorption of zinc, i'm not at risk of overdosing?

I will update the thread on my progress anyhow, hopefully help some people that are also experiencing this side effect.

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you mean mcg, right? Not mg. micrograms, not milligrams.

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