Vitamin B12 allergy and acne?

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    Feb 20, 2014 8:06 AM GMT

    I did not know this when taking this supplement, it appears that vitamins can cause acne, or the appearance of it, much like a allergic reaction

    I know I have always been sensitive to vitamin C, which has the same effect of reaction, but now appears I also have the same problem with B12

    Vitamin E does not seem to cause breakouts for me, I had an iron deficiency when i was a kid so i always assumed as an adult, the B vitamins would help control my iron levels

    So i have had to stop B12 supplements, and my skin cleared up in a few days, especially hit around my forehead

    Why does my body reject these two important vitamins?
    Anyone else discover they have a reaction to certain vitamins?

    B12 causes Acne
    http://www.weighttraining.com/faq/can-vitamin-b-cause-acne
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    Feb 20, 2014 9:53 AM GMT
    I take a multivitamin but even so I also put a tablespoon of nutritional yeast in my daily lunch stew.

    I wonder if you could use that instead? They sell it at my local health food store in the bulk bins.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutritional_yeast
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    Feb 20, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    I have always had acne issues thank to both of my parents genetics. My dermatologist forbided any gym supplement containing any amount of any type of vitamin B. The medication I take keeps my skin super clean and soft so I never usually have any signs of acne. I disobeyed him once with CellTech (+500% the daily recommended intake of vitamin B) and it was a nightmare. Never again! LOL
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    Feb 20, 2014 7:35 PM GMT
    lowfatguy saidI have always had acne issues thanks to both of my parents genetics. My dermatologist forbided any gym supplement containing any amount of any type of vitamin B. The medication I take keeps my skin super clean and soft so I never usually have any signs of acne. I disobeyed him once with CellTech (+500% the daily recommended intake of vitamin B) and it was a nightmare. Never again! LOL


    And what medication do you take?
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    Feb 20, 2014 7:46 PM GMT
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    lowfatguy saidI have always had acne issues thanks to both of my parents genetics. My dermatologist forbided any gym supplement containing any amount of any type of vitamin B. The medication I take keeps my skin super clean and soft so I never usually have any signs of acne. I disobeyed him once with CellTech (+500% the daily recommended intake of vitamin B) and it was a nightmare. Never again! LOL


    And what medication do you take?


    This all started when I was 13, tried many different doctors and treatments with no luck, I was ok for a few weeks and then acne always came back. Then when I was 21 I met this really young just graduated dermatologist who indicated isotretinoin plus a shower soap and a moisturizer sunblock. All perfect since then. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 20, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    Vitamins do not cause acne vulgaris, at least not b12 or any of the other vitamins that were mentioned here. Acne vulgaris is caused when excess sebum or when a bacterial infection blocks the ducts of the sebaceous glands in the epidermis. The sebum, for the most part, is a result of increased secretions during puberty due to hormonal changes. A white head indicates sebum blockage, while a black head indicates bacterial infection. Good ways to treat it are anti-bacterial medications like natural tea tree oil for the black heads and combine it with a retin-A to increase epidermal sloughing in order to deal with the white heads and the scars.

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    Feb 20, 2014 8:51 PM GMT
    KBM13 saidVitamins do not cause acne vulgaris, at least not b12 or any of the other vitamins that were mentioned here. Acne vulgaris is caused when excess sebum or when a bacterial infection blocks the ducts of the sebaceous glands in the epidermis. The sebum, for the most part, is a result of increased secretions during puberty due to hormonal changes. A white head indicates sebum blockage, while a black head indicates bacterial infection. Good ways to treat it are anti-bacterial medications like natural tea tree oil for the black heads and combine it with a retin-A to increase epidermal sloughing in order to deal with the white heads and the scars.

    My Anatomy and physiology book...


    What's the title and year of edition of your book?
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    Feb 21, 2014 5:10 AM GMT
    lowfatguy said
    Rebellion said
    lowfatguy saidI have always had acne issues thanks to both of my parents genetics. My dermatologist forbided any gym supplement containing any amount of any type of vitamin B. The medication I take keeps my skin super clean and soft so I never usually have any signs of acne. I disobeyed him once with CellTech (+500% the daily recommended intake of vitamin B) and it was a nightmare. Never again! LOL


    And what medication do you take?


    This all started when I was 13, tried many different doctors and treatments with no luck, I was ok for a few weeks and then acne always came back. Then when I was 21 I met this really young just graduated dermatologist who indicated isotretinoin plus a shower soap and a moisturizer sunblock. All perfect since then. icon_smile.gif

    Isoretinoin (brand name Accutane) is dangerous stuff. They ask you to sign more than a dozen pages of disclaimers before they'll even prescribe the stuff. That would be enough to scare me away. You're not taking it on an ongoing basis, are you?

    Have you tried just avoiding the vitamins you believe you're allergic to, without the medication?
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    Feb 22, 2014 3:22 AM GMT
    Yes b 12 vitamin can cause that, it's rare but I saw another case of a severe allergic reAction and acne

  • Feb 22, 2014 6:53 AM GMT
    Why are you taking a B12 supplement? Are you vegan? Do you have any conditions which reduces the absorptive capacity of your gastrointestinal system?

    Alot of the time people are lead to believe that they need to supplement B12 because it's made by bacteria. Animals eat that bacteria and we, in turn, eat the animals and their products which contain the B12. Normally, you get enough vitamin B12 in our normal diets (~ 2.4 micro grams is the recommended dietary intake/ day for adults) but even if we don't reach this over an extended period of time, our bodies have reserves in the liver which can last for years.

    I'm a dietitian and haven't seen any studies which suggest B12 can produce this type of allergic reaction, because allergies are related to protein consumption. B12 is attached to proteins that we eat, it itself isn't a protein. If you're eating meat/ eggs/ milk etc. I can pretty much guarantee that you're meeting your requirement without the supplement.

    Here's a little spiel on B12 (with references) if you like icon_smile.gif
    http://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/vitamin%20b12.htm
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    Feb 22, 2014 7:15 AM GMT
    Hun your problem with vitamin b12 is exactly what u said, allergenic, because you are one of those people who are predisposed to allergic reactions...its called atopic in my language icon_smile.gif(not English).....so let me explain to u why....because u had a high intake of b12 when u were a kid and probably u have had an intake of b12 from foods with a fair amount of it, you have formed a allergic reaction.I do advice you to go see a allergist it might be something serious in time...allergies in us are at a very high rate and very dangerous...
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    Feb 22, 2014 11:05 AM GMT
    shortbutsweet said
    lowfatguy said
    Rebellion said
    lowfatguy saidI have always had acne issues thanks to both of my parents genetics. My dermatologist forbided any gym supplement containing any amount of any type of vitamin B. The medication I take keeps my skin super clean and soft so I never usually have any signs of acne. I disobeyed him once with CellTech (+500% the daily recommended intake of vitamin B) and it was a nightmare. Never again! LOL


    And what medication do you take?


    This all started when I was 13, tried many different doctors and treatments with no luck, I was ok for a few weeks and then acne always came back. Then when I was 21 I met this really young just graduated dermatologist who indicated isotretinoin plus a shower soap and a moisturizer sunblock. All perfect since then. icon_smile.gif

    Isoretinoin (brand name Accutane) is dangerous stuff. They ask you to sign more than a dozen pages of disclaimers before they'll even prescribe the stuff. That would be enough to scare me away. You're not taking it on an ongoing basis, are you?

    Have you tried just avoiding the vitamins you believe you're allergic to, without the medication?


    Never had any trouble or side effect. I started with an intake of 10mg/day for a month and then changed to a 10mg/ every two days for the next month, by that time my skin was totally clear with no signs of any past acne. After that changed to a topic gel "adapalene" (brand name Differin in my country) to apply every night. All good until now.
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    Feb 22, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    lowfatguy said
    shortbutsweet said
    lowfatguy said
    Rebellion said
    lowfatguy saidI have always had acne issues thanks to both of my parents genetics. My dermatologist forbided any gym supplement containing any amount of any type of vitamin B. The medication I take keeps my skin super clean and soft so I never usually have any signs of acne. I disobeyed him once with CellTech (+500% the daily recommended intake of vitamin B) and it was a nightmare. Never again! LOL


    And what medication do you take?


    This all started when I was 13, tried many different doctors and treatments with no luck, I was ok for a few weeks and then acne always came back. Then when I was 21 I met this really young just graduated dermatologist who indicated isotretinoin plus a shower soap and a moisturizer sunblock. All perfect since then. icon_smile.gif

    Isoretinoin (brand name Accutane) is dangerous stuff. They ask you to sign more than a dozen pages of disclaimers before they'll even prescribe the stuff. That would be enough to scare me away. You're not taking it on an ongoing basis, are you?

    Have you tried just avoiding the vitamins you believe you're allergic to, without the medication?


    Never had any trouble or side effect. I started with an intake of 10mg/day for a month and then changed to a 10mg/ every two days for the next month, by that time my skin was totally clear with no signs of any past acne. After that changed to a topic gel "adapalene" (brand name Differin in my country) to apply every night. All good until now.

    Glad to hear you're ok. Here in the U.S., there are commercials on TV every night for lawyers who want to represent you if you suffered serious health complications after taking Accutane.

    I would like to believe most skin problems can be healed by eating the right foods, without taking medications.
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    Feb 26, 2014 1:26 PM GMT
    Yeah, I've seen those.

    I have eaten healthy since I started to get into fitness but acne was still there. I don't really like taking pills, I consider my body a temple, but in this case I did not have any other alternative.