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#1 chiefseattle

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 10:13 AM

I have a.d.d and was prescribed adderall. I liked it to an extent that it helped my creative/intillectual performance, but it wreaked havoc on my skin. Now that I stopped taking the amphetamine, my skin cleared up quite nicely. Same thing happened for my best friend, he stopped takin adderall and his EXTREME acne cleared up well too. Something about speeding up the sebaceous glands, perhaps those who are prone to breakouts after drinking alot of caffiene (like me) are affected the worst.

Is anyone here on adderall, ritalin, concerta etc... and have really bad skin? or quit and it cleared up?

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 10:45 AM

i took amphetamine medications for ADD since 4th grade (now about to graduate from UGA)...quit taking adderral last summer during a study abroad program in Austria. that was actually when my acne started to get worse...both of our cases are prob more coincidence than anything

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE(LogDog @ Mar 30 2006, 05:45 PM) View Post
i took amphetamine medications for ADD since 4th grade (now about to graduate from UGA)...quit taking adderral last summer during a study abroad program in Austria. that was actually when my acne started to get worse...both of our cases are prob more coincidence than anything

I'm not sure that they were coincidence.

Clearly being on a stimulant can alter perspiration levels. I personally find that perspiration makes my acne worse.

There's also some research that suggests that coffee can make acne worse, so other stimulants may well do similar things.



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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:58 PM

my acne got really bad after overdosing on it for a night and staying up for 36hours. broke out really bad..sad.gif

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 05:06 PM

perspiration also has no effect on my acne, given that you don't try to wipe it off every 30 seconds...just leave it be and let it dry. now, if acne got bad after being on a 36 hour bender, it was prob b/c your immune system was lowered b/c of stress and no REM sleep= a decreased healing time for your whole body, including acne

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 11:19 PM

Hopefully it's just a correlation you've noticed and not a cause becuase i want to go on adderrall or something so i can make the best out of my transfer. I don't however want to pay for it with my skin.

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 12:02 PM

OMG I swear that Adderall made my skin horrible, and I sweated and had really bad BO while on it.

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 08:27 PM

skullcap tea could be used instead of drugs to to treat ADD.

it contains baicalin and other substances that are relaxing to the nervous system and are known to reduce anxiety in humans and rats.

gotu kola may also be helpful.

in addition, these herbs are anti-inflammatory so they help prevent acne.

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 02:51 PM

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Adderall if taken in amounts over 30mg for a period of time will cause some people to get acne on their face/arms/back. Not very attractive, can and most likely will scar you. No your daily face wash will not help you lol, you will need to either lower your dosage or space it pretty far apart. Some are uneffected by this though and can take massive amounts and stay clear as day.


i was curious about this subject too...i found the above quote on an e-healt forum (all i had to do was type in "adderall acne" into google). So, apparently, the idea that there's a correlation between adderall and acne isnt a new one. I tried looking for more info on what I think was the official adderall site, but couldn't find anything. I think a possible side effect like acne should DEFINATELY be mentioned to possible candidates...i know i would look into other options if this were the case

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 09:07 AM

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 03:51 PM

I am on amphetamine. It didn't do anything to my skin until a few nights ago I OD'd and now I have a huge cyst. I guess the more than 30 mg does worsen acne theory is correct.

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 05:29 PM

http://www.erowid.or...s_effects.shtml

Under "Negative [Effects]": "acne, sores".

Amphetamines are gross, don't take that garbage. It's over prescribed and completely unnecessary. I'm sure you get more done when you're on them, but so do tweakers.


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Posted 19 December 2006 - 08:17 PM

i take ritalin and i dont think it made my skin worse... ive never heard of that before.... lame

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 04:26 PM

Moved to General Acne forum.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:21 PM

Pretty much any form of stimulant can mess with your skin. Amphetamine being one of the worst. Why you'd wont to take that shit other then 2 get off your box and stay awake for days is beyond me. The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most corrupt industries in the world 2day. They dont give a fuck about your health, they just want your money. There are plenty of natural remedies that are more effective and have no where near as many side effects. St johns wort being one of them. aderall is basically crystal meth with a few tweaks (no pun intended). Infact crystal meth is used for the so called treament of ADD under the name of Desoxyn. In short dont trust your doctor, hes probably getting back handers from the pharmaceutical industry to push this shit. Sorry for the rant but most pharmaceutical companies are evil money grabbing fuckers with no regard for the health an saftey of there consumers.
I went to see my GP about 2 years ago as i was feeling depressed. All i needed was to speak to someone about my problems ie a therapist. But instead he reached 4 his prescription book and tried to put me on anti depressants. Sure lets just mask your problems with drugs. thats the answer. An in the long term they will probably fuck u up more then u was in the first place. needless to say i changed my GP.


Heres a link to a video called "faces of meth" just 2 show the damage Amphetamine can have on your skin.
o yeah an u might wanna read about Amphetamine psychosis as this makes the problem worse by causing u too obsessively pick at your skin.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=0yxVIOlgmX4

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 01:18 PM

drink alot more water when on adderall and you should be fine.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 08:59 AM

There are lots of prescription medicines that have acne as a side effect. Always just be sure that whatever you are taking is necessary, and if it is, just do your best to treat your acne. Also talk to your doctor about it because there may be other options for you that might be easier on your skin.
But yea, steroids and seizure medicines also can cause acne.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 01:29 PM

i have mild acne and 2 cups a day of coffee was keeping my face clear, but i tried concerta for my adhd and that started to make me sweat alot and make my acne worse, so dont take that lol, but i just started adderall today and im not noticing anything but goodness, im relaxed and i can focus, so since im relaxed, i dont get stressed out and my acne doesnt get worse, so if you really have add/ adhd take adderall, but if you arent sure go a month and try to focus all you can as hard as you can, if you cant then you probably have add/adhd, but if adderall makes you hyper, then your not supposed to be on it.

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 09:24 PM

i have been taking adderall for the past 6 months for add. i only take 15-20 mg. TOTAL per day, which, as i understand, would typically not be enough to cause horrible acne. for most of my adult years, i have fought acne, then amazingly around october, november 2005 it began to clear; and it cleared COMPLETELY! then my psychiatrist tried putting me on abilify, then seroquel, and i began breaking out again. those meds didn't work for me, anf i was subsequently prescribed adderall. my skin only got worse and has stayed TERRIBLE ever since. the only way my skin is going to clear up is if i go off adderall, but it had really helped me, so i've been reluctant. there really couldn't be another cause, could there?

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 06:36 PM

I have also noticed a correlation between taking adderall and breakouts. I only take it now as needed, but if I start to take it regularly, the texture of my skin totally changes. Tiny little bumps erupt all over my cheeks, and my pores fill up with junk doubletime.

Last time I was on it consistently, my diet was phenomenal, I was exercising, taking fish oil, and my skin was the worst it had ever been. I know there are a lot of other variables to account for, but trust me, there's no doubt in my mind that the adderall was exacerbating my acne. I agree with the posters that attribute this to the increased perspiration and sebum production it causes.

Currently I only take it when I have attention-intensive tasks. Right now, for instance, I'm moving out of my apartment and have a million things do to--important documents sitting around, lots of loose ends to tie up--and it would be so tough for me to manage this without adderall. So I've been taking 10-20 mg a day for the last few days. If it didn't wreak havoc on my face I would probably take it every day, honestly.

I'm generally one to rail against the pharmeceutical industry as well, but if you haven't suffered from not being able to do everyday things it's easy to write off those for whom it makes life manageable. With my skin, it's a trade-off. I'm free of major breakouts lately and am using mandelic and green cream to improve overall texture, but if I stopped taking the adderall, I know it would improve.