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Hi, I am a teen and currently suffering from acne, will suplementing with Creatine cause my acne to worsen or affect it in a negative way? Thanks

Hi, I am a teen and currently suffering from acne, will suplementing with Creatine cause my acne to worsen or affect it in a negative way? Thanks

Creatine: I would advise you not to use it. It will not affect your acne, has no proven benefit and may have some issues. If you are trying to build your muscles, eat a healthy diet, exercise if you have no health issues. You body can make all the creatine it needs. Best to avoid, can also interfere with your blood work and some reports of various issues. ...Read more

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A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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Hi doctor, am 29 yrs male & unmarried, I have acne prblm, my forehead is more oily, taking whey / creatine cause acne. Please advice?

Hi doctor, am 29 yrs male & unmarried, I have acne prblm, my forehead is more oily, taking whey / creatine cause acne. Please advice?

Scientific Rx: It sounds like you're a bodybuilder and that's great. And your acne can be managed scientifically. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks (and it if's face-only, it probably will clear you), get with your personal physician for some prescription-strength rx you can take with it. Whey and creatine aren't the cause -- they're healthy for fitness guys like yourself. ...Read more

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Can creatine (or whey protein) use during an intense weight training regimen cause a hormonal imbalance? If so, can this lead to acne breakout?

Can creatine (or whey protein) use during an intense weight training regimen cause a hormonal imbalance? If so, can this lead to acne breakout?

Not the issue: If you are using the common supplements that promise to increase "testosterone" naturally, these will lead to acne. They do not increase testosterone, but they can increase the pre-hormone materials that cause acne. ...Read more

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Can taking creatine increase my acne?

Can taking creatine increase my acne?

Acne: Creatine per se cannot cause acne directly, but creatine can increase hormone levels which secondarily can cause acne. ...Read more

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I take antibiotic for my acne, will taking creatine have any effect on it?

I take antibiotic for my acne, will taking creatine have any effect on it?

No.: There is no interaction between creatine and any of the antibiotics normally used to treat acne, to the best of my knowledge. What worries me more is that you have acne at the age of 42. Has your doctor looked for a cause? There could be an underlying problem that is causing this, assuming it's not something obvious like anabolic steroids. ...Read more

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Is it safe to supplement with Creatine while using Tetracycline for acne? Thanks

Is it safe to supplement with Creatine while using Tetracycline for acne? Thanks

Yes: I trust you are also using topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid. Never use just an antibiotic for acne. Glad you are doing these things for yourself. Best of luck with these efforts ...Read more

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Can i take creatine + Adderall XR + minocin (minocycline) (acne), at the same time ?

Can i take creatine + Adderall XR + minocin (minocycline) (acne), at the same time ?

Safe combination: As long as you have normal kidney and liver function this combination is completely safe. It is possible but unlikely that creatine and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) together will cause you to feel jittery. If so you would feel an uncomfortable but safe edginess, addressed by reducing the dose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or creatine. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between acne breakout and intake of whey protein (and/or creatine)? My acne broke out as soon as I started taking these.

Is there a connection between acne breakout and intake of whey protein (and/or creatine)? My acne broke out as soon as I started taking these.

Milk and acne: Whey protein is the protein contained in whey, the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds when making cheese. There is a recent clinical study done in Italy where they linked a considerable percentage of acne outbreaks to milk and dairy products, so it could be the whey, probably not the creatine. ...Read more

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I ended an acne treatment with isotretinoin which started 5 months before.How much should i wait before taking mass gaining supplements or creatine?

I  ended an acne treatment with isotretinoin which started 5 months before.How much should i wait before taking mass gaining supplements or creatine?

One is not: related to the other. The question is whether these supplements are worth anything or not , which I have no knowledge of one way or another. Most are simply a waste of money and likely do not even contain what is stated on the labels. ...Read more

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Can I take creatine while im taking doxycycline monohydrate for my acne?

Can I take creatine while im taking  doxycycline monohydrate for my acne?

CREATINE&DOXYCYCLINE: Accoring to the books, crfeatine does not interact with doxycycline. Vreatine should not be taken together with diuretics, tagamet, (cimetidine) probenecid, or with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs like aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and others. ...Read more

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Can mass gainers and creatine cause pimples?

Can mass gainers and creatine cause pimples?

Indirectly: Indirectly it may affect your hormonal balance and this can make you have pimples. ...Read more

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My creatine is 2.2. Is this a cause for worry?

My creatine is 2.2. Is this a cause for worry?

Concern.: You should see a nephrologist for folloe up to bwe safe. That level is rising and it can signify kidney damage. A kidney doctor will monitor you and may put you on some medicines to help protect the kidneys. ...Read more

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What could cause low creatine isoenzymes?

Don't worry: Creatine kinase levels require clinical correlation. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks arbitrarily fall outside. Low CK is never a concern. ...Read more

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Does nutella cause acne?

Does nutella cause acne?

Acne: Acne is caused by a bacteria which i believe is a corynebacterium. It is predominantly caused by one bacterium. ...Read more

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What causes adult sudden acne?

What causes adult sudden acne?

Hormones: Hormones are a major factor but it always has to do with oil glands working abnormally. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the root cause of acne?

What is the root cause of acne?

A mix of factors: A particular bacterium, extra sebum at puberty, a male teen having extra keratin. Diet, sex, lifestyle, hygiene are not factors, and touching the lesions is a minor one. ...Read more

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What is the real cause for acne?

What is the real cause for acne?

There can be many: Causes, from genetics, bacteria, irritants like washing too much, hormones, the list goes on. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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