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Omega 3 and my acne

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I just wanted to post this here since I read this forums almost everyday a couple years ago, when I was experimenting and trying to find how to control my acne, so I wanted to post this for other people.

I had been taking omega 3 from the vitamin world brand since I was 17 and I am now 24, after my uncle said it caused him to have some abscess like nodules around his face I decided to stop taking it to see if it would help my acne which was under control but I still got the occasional pimple every other day and localized breakouts to a certain area of my face, and of course if I stopped my daily routine I would break out with a few pimples.

I was only taking one pill from the 1000mg bottle which you are supposed to take 3 daily. Yet apparently that was what was holding me back from having a clear face without constant worrying. It has been 3 months since I stopped taking it and I have gotten only 3-4 pimples that did not feel inflamed at all. And I have begun using my 10% BP acne cream (that I use at night) only once every two days, I still use my sulfur soap 2-3 times daily though, if not I would probably break out. But yeah, omega 3 was holding me back, my face feels very different now it doesn't feel inflamed or anything. I actually though the omega 3 was helping me, especially since I am a med student and had taken some lectures on the benefits of omega 3.

At first when I started using omega 3 years ago I didn't notice an increase in acne or anything, so I am not sure if at first it caused anything. I have been doing everything exactly the same since I stopped taking it and I live in a tropical climate so it isn't that we are entering "winter" either. I don't think it is the brand of omega 3 either since I sometime have used other brands.

So I was just putting this out there so others that are taking omega 3 maybe try it out. I also take vit A, E and C about every other day or less, and have been doing so for years. Multivitamins break me out.

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6 hours ago, Cosimo said:

I just wanted to post this here since I read this forums almost everyday a couple years ago, when I was experimenting and trying to find how to control my acne, so I wanted to post this for other people.

I had been taking omega 3 from the vitamin world brand since I was 17 and I am now 24, after my uncle said it caused him to have some abscess like nodules around his face I decided to stop taking it to see if it would help my acne which was under control but I still got the occasional pimple every other day and localized breakouts to a certain area of my face, and of course if I stopped my daily routine I would break out with a few pimples.

I was only taking one pill from the 1000mg bottle which you are supposed to take 3 daily. Yet apparently that was what was holding me back from having a clear face without constant worrying. It has been 3 months since I stopped taking it and I have gotten only 3-4 pimples that did not feel inflamed at all. And I have begun using my 10% BP acne cream (that I use at night) only once every two days, I still use my sulfur soap 2-3 times daily though, if not I would probably break out. But yeah, omega 3 was holding me back, my face feels very different now it doesn't feel inflamed or anything. I actually though the omega 3 was helping me, especially since I am a med student and had taken some lectures on the benefits of omega 3.

At first when I started using omega 3 years ago I didn't notice an increase in acne or anything, so I am not sure if at first it caused anything. I have been doing everything exactly the same since I stopped taking it and I live in a tropical climate so it isn't that we are entering "winter" either. I don't think it is the brand of omega 3 either since I sometime have used other brands.

So I was just putting this out there so others that are taking omega 3 maybe try it out. I also take vit A, E and C about every other day or less, and have been doing so for years. Multivitamins break me out.

Yes i sometimes wonder if some vitamins/supplements are doing more harm then good. Thanks for the feedback about omega 3 - presuming it was fishoil? I have been taking fish oil for awhile since i read so much about how helpful its meant to be for inflammation. But thinking of giving it a break. I get carried with taking lots of vitamins hoping they'll fix me. I think its probably better to eat a healthy diet though.

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Omega 3 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties whereas omega-6 fatty acids contain inflammatory properties. Both omega-6s and omega-3s  are essential for our overall health, however these fatty acids must be consumed in balance. Our bodies cannot create these fatty acids therefore we must obtain them from diet. In westernized cultures it is very common that people are consuming excessive amounts of omega-6s and not enough omega-3s which subsequently causes acute inflammation in the body. However in your case it could be possible you are consuming to much omega-3 -- Don't quote me on that because I am finding it really difficult to understand why excessive omega-3 could cause acne, but of course there are always risks with hyper dosing.  I just started taking omega-3, not necessarily for my skin, but for my  overall health in balancing my diet and I'm not sure if its caused any changes with my skin. 

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That is why I never suspected it. My diet has more omega 6 than 3. I was taught the believed mechanism for it's antiinflammatory effect in class. It has to do with the prostacyclin and thromboxane ratio in our vascular endothelium, so maybe I have an already high prostacyclin level. I remember when I donated blood (while taking the fish oil) it was 0less viscous than other people's.

But to be honest pharmacology doesn't follow logic a lot of the time and it usually has a lot of factors like our acnes prove.

I was actually taking it for some supposed effect on white matter, that I had read about years ago but that claim has apparently been erased from all sight, so maybe it fake.

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i read that omega 3 spoils very quickly by itself, so a lot of the time the pills don't work because the acid is rancid inside. better to take it just straight from the fish...

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