Hubby and I are both getting cystic acne, mine are on the jaw line, his are on his cheeks. Our skin was quite clear (occasional white head, but never cystic acne) in the last months, up until 2 weeks ago. The only thing that has changed in our diet is we switched the brand of krill oil, we went from Holland & Barrett's own brand to Now Neptune Krill Oil (same potency). Could that be the cause? I'm getting desperate here, as new breakouts appeared today again and are very painful. I eat mostly paleo, he loves his bread.
asked byAlly_E (115)
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on November 10, 2012
at 11:06 PM
you can put a bit of tea tree oil and then moisturize a bit if your skin can take it or just hydrocortisone OTC, for a few days only
on November 10, 2012
at 10:36 PM
If the new brand of krill oil is the cause, then the problem is with something besides the oil itself. Neptune hold the patent for processing krill oil in all of N. America, and everybody else licenses the process or the product.
on November 14, 2012
at 02:51 PM
A while back it was reported that the Now Foods Krill Oil capsules were rancid.
In an independent Consumer Labs test. Now Neptune Krill oil (the stuff CS has on regimen page) was found to have only 79.1% of claimed EPA and 76.7% of claimed DHA. Also found to have only 78.4% of total Omega-3 Fatty Acids. This product also failed Consumer Labs freshness test. A TOTOX score over 26 indicates spoilage. This product scored a 57.4.
I cannot post a link because Consumer Labs requires a membership.
on November 11, 2012
at 05:10 AM
How long had you been taking the krill oil before you got acne? It can take weeks for acne to develop, especially the deep cystic variety. If you'd only been taking krill or fish oil for a few weeks before you switched brands, it may very well be the fact that you're taking fish/krill oil at all that is causing the problem. I know any product from the ocean causes me to get deep, scarring acne.
To see if it is fish that is causing your acne, I recommend removing all ocean products from your diet for a couple of months to see if your acne clears up at all. The term 'ocean products' includes seaweed. Especially seaweed! It has 10 times the acne causing factors as fish/shellfish!
To continue with omega 3 supplementation during this no-fish window, I recommend flax oil. I know it's not the most optimal paleo choice, but it makes a noticeable positive difference for me.