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can motrin (ibuprofen) pills help acne?

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i was reading another acne messageboard and many people have said that taking motrin daily got rid of their acne FAST! so motrin is ibuprofen right? i was looking in my familys medicine cabinet for motrin but we dont have any then i found advil which says 200mg ibuprofen on it....is advil the same thing as motrin???? lemme know thankz i dont care if its bad ill take 6 pills of that a day if itll rid me of acne lol....so to conclude is motrin the same thing as advil?

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Yes, it's all ibuprofen. Whatever you do be careful with it, that stuff can tear your stomach up big time.

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It can help if you have inflamation. You really have to take a lot of it though - 600mg 4x a day.

I tried it and really regretted it as it caused me to get depressed for a week. So maybe don't try it if you've ever had problems with depression.

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wait whats inflammation again? the thing with me is....i dont have acne and i only have 1 pimple....but whenever i get a pimple it goes away and leaves a small red mark so i have a whole bunch of those on the sides of my faces so it looks like acne....wait 600mgx4??? my bottle says 200mg and i just took 2 so how many should i take a day?

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oh i get it so whatever the mg is thats how much each pill has right??? so if my pills have 200 each i need 3 to equal what you said??? cool i get it......ok im gonna start taking a WHOLE BUNCH every day but whats inflammation because people say it helps with that but im not sure what inflammation is lol

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I've had to take high dose ibuprofen for other ailments under a docs care. It didn't help my acne.If you want something that helps inflamed acne, oral antibiotics or topical emu oil are much better options.Ibuprofen thins the protective lining of your stomach. It can cause bleeding and nasty nausea.If you do high doses take it with food or milk.Also as a friendly aside...Tylenol (acetaminiphen) is never to be taken at higher doses. eusa_naughty.gif A buddy of mine stopped in at work to tell me how he just assisted on a transplant team replacing the liver of a gal who was megadosing on Tylenol.Please be safe 'cause OTC drugs are still drugs.

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Not to sound like your mother or anything but if you don't even know what the hell the dosage is on something as simple as a Advil bottle, I don't thikn you should be messing around with taking large doses of it.

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omgitspres! please respond to the other (masturbation) thread. i had a couple of questions for you.

also, you could really mess up your body if you take 600 mg 4 times a day.

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You are insane, I wouldn't be taking any medicine (even if you can buy it over the counter) in large doses for a long period of time without instruction from the doctor.

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Laura's right. You're an idiot to start taking medicine daily not knowing its effect on your bodily organs.

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Ain't gonna do shit for your redmarks anyway.


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I concur with everyone else. Taking large quantities of anti-inflammatories on the basis that it might help your skin stop forming a pigmented mark is insane. The red mark is a normal remnant of your skins inflammatory/healing process. You might want to consider an acne treatment that has pigment fading or exfoliating properties like azeliac acid, salicylic acid, topical retinoids. Also consider light ahas ie: diluted acv toner.

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frances, i've been trying to tell him that forever but he won't even consider "tried and true" acne medicine...he only wants to see if very strange things will heal him...it is quite exasperating.

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my doctor gave me 800mg motrin for leg pain and said to take it 3x/day. some of the redness on my face does seem to be fading. i'll post after awhile when I can tell if it's short term or something unrelated.

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umm wutever u do dont take 600 mg 4 times a day..

i took one in the morning and one at night. I was lightheaded but after 4 days it worked goood.

OVERDOSING will make itt WORSE trust me


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I agree with the comments on Ibuprofen in pill form, it's doubtless a bad idea- the dose you need to stop your acne would be too high for too long to be very safe. It would probably mess up your stomach, long term (although ibuprofen is better than a lot of things in that regard.)

But I'm using topical ibuprofen gel and loving it.

The total dose is low because I'm only applying it where I need it, it works out at the equivalent of about 1/4 of a pill a day.

It seems very effective.

I'm in the UK, and topical ibuprofen (5%) is widely available in all the supermarkets as a sports rub. I've never tried it on sports injuries, but it seems really good for acne to me.

It seems to be invisible, klnd to skin, doesn't bleach clothes, it's cheap and effective.


-Temp123

Using a combination of topical ibuprofen (5% sports gel) on face together with 10% tea tree cream. The combo works really well, excellent clearance, invisible, no bleaching, zero irritation, no dry skin, just smooth, (mostly) clear skin.

Topical ibuprofen is available in supermarkets in the UK (own brands are cheapest).


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It definitely doesn't help. For a while I took relatively high doses to deal with PMS symptoms and it did nothing whatsoever for the acne. Also, once you start taking stuff like ibuprofen and other OTC painkillers regularly, you can develop rebound headaches if you decide to stop taking them because your body is so used to having anti-inflammatories in the system. It's definitely not worth it.

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I don't think you can be so sure. Just because it didn't work for you, doesn't mean it won't work for others. Did you take it *before* your menses- I believe you have to start anti-inflammatories a few days in advance for it to work.

I found that topical ibuprofen worked, I never took the pills for long enough to be sure either way.

Also, see:

http://dermnetnz.org/acne/acne-treatment.html

where they mention ibuprofen and naproxen (both cox inhibitors, naproxen is a cox-2 inhibitor).


-Temp123

Using a combination of topical ibuprofen (5% sports gel) on face together with 10% tea tree cream. The combo works really well, excellent clearance, invisible, no bleaching, zero irritation, no dry skin, just smooth, (mostly) clear skin.

Topical ibuprofen is available in supermarkets in the UK (own brands are cheapest).


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oh geez. well i went to the ER for chest pains the other day and along with some other painkillers i was told to start an ibuprofen regimen...i have been doing this for a few years now to deal with chronic pain but the FIRST thing my doctor said was to make sure i am not taking too much. i got a second on that the next day when i called to followup with my regular doctor. ibuprofen can tear your stomach and liver up, people...i'm pretty sure those two things are more important than getting rid of acne.

still laughing at whoever suggested 600mg 4x a day. anything over 400mg is usually too much for the average joe, especially if its just cause of some bumps on your face!!!


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Well, with my topical ibuprofen, my total dose is about 50mg/day, so I'm not at all worried, and it gives good clearance.

With the pills you have to max out the dose, LionQueen apparently tried it, and I think it worked a bit, but COX-2 inhibitor pills (Alleve) work better for monthly acne with pills.


-Temp123

Using a combination of topical ibuprofen (5% sports gel) on face together with 10% tea tree cream. The combo works really well, excellent clearance, invisible, no bleaching, zero irritation, no dry skin, just smooth, (mostly) clear skin.

Topical ibuprofen is available in supermarkets in the UK (own brands are cheapest).


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Sorry if I am necro'ing this...

But I have been on ibuprofen prescription for more than a week for a leg injury

My acne has completely stopped. Not sure if it is relate to the meds, injury, or not shaving for a week though.

I thought shaving was why, but even my forehead hasn't broken out. So maybe my body is too busy healing my knee to make acne, or its the meds.

Ither way... I'm 20, and am on 600mg 2 times a day.

The person who made this thread sounds to be much younger, and I am stressing that IBU should NOOOOT be used. Other than the intended purpose. It is verrrry bad for you and using a lot can cause ulcers, and all sorts of problems.

Consider it a nice side effect while having prescribe, BUT THAT'S IT. Even if its a cure.

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I definitely agree with the previous poster who says that you SHOULD NOT BE TAKING PAIN KILLERS FOR ACNE. You should not be taking them in general if, in any way, you can avoid it. Stay far away from NSAIDS and things like acetominophen, which is a BLOOD THINNER. If you absolutely must take something for PAIN, it is better to take HALF an ibuprofen on an empty stomach, always take the least amount of drug you can to help you feel better, and only when absolutely needed. Pills are like little bricks and require a large amount of the body's resources to break down. The rush of your body trying to digest such a thing is what makes you feel better. It puts you in a survivial state, and your body releases homones like adrenaline which numbs the pain. BAD.

Acne can be cured by diet, read my previous posts to find out what foods to eat.

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I've discovered you can take the ibuprofen liquid gel caps break them open and mix them into your face cream. That way you're only applying the ibuprofen where you need it and the dose you get is tiny (about half a pill, ~100mg).

It works because the liquid gels contains the ibuprofen dissolved, and it's absorbed through the skin just fine (it's ok to apply ibuprofen topically, you can get ibuprofen gel over the counter in the UK for sports injuries, provided you're not sensitive to ibuprofen anyway).

Works great.


-Temp123

Using a combination of topical ibuprofen (5% sports gel) on face together with 10% tea tree cream. The combo works really well, excellent clearance, invisible, no bleaching, zero irritation, no dry skin, just smooth, (mostly) clear skin.

Topical ibuprofen is available in supermarkets in the UK (own brands are cheapest).


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I definitely agree with the previous poster who says that you SHOULD NOT BE TAKING PAIN KILLERS FOR ACNE. You should not be taking them in general if, in any way, you can avoid it. Stay far away from NSAIDS and things like acetominophen, which is a BLOOD THINNER. If you absolutely must take something for PAIN, it is better to take HALF an ibuprofen on an empty stomach, always take the least amount of drug you can to help you feel better, and only when absolutely needed. Pills are like little bricks and require a large amount of the body's resources to break down. The rush of your body trying to digest such a thing is what makes you feel better. It puts you in a survivial state, and your body releases homones like adrenaline which numbs the pain. BAD.

Acne can be cured by diet, read my previous posts to find out what foods to eat.

Acetaminophen is not an anti-coagulant. Ibuprofen can cause an anti-coagulant effect.

These 'pain killers' have their place when used correctly. It's better to take ibuprofen with food. That helps limit stomach upset.

Your description of how pain killers work is also extremely incorrect. Please read up on it (on an accurate website) before stating such things.


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Ibuprofen has only a mild anti-coagulant effect, but the primary effect is as an anti-inflammatory, which is probably why it is good for acne, as acne seems to be an inflammatory disease (acne improves on low-dose tetracyclines, even when given below the dose necessary to kill bacteria, tetracyclines have a well known anti-inflammatory effect.)


-Temp123

Using a combination of topical ibuprofen (5% sports gel) on face together with 10% tea tree cream. The combo works really well, excellent clearance, invisible, no bleaching, zero irritation, no dry skin, just smooth, (mostly) clear skin.

Topical ibuprofen is available in supermarkets in the UK (own brands are cheapest).


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