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Acne from krill oil?

Commented on September 14, 2014
Created November 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

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.

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on September 14, 2014
at 05:48 AM

I see this is from 2012, but would loev answers if theey're still out there: I started taking Krill Oil 3 or 4 weeks ago and broke out terribly. I'm currently on Minolycline to help get rid of the acne, but the addition of Krill (only significant change to my diet/health lately) cause HUGE and plentiful cystic zits. Does anyone truly believe in the "it gets worse before it gets better" saying?

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Ally E: Congrats! You're one of the majority of folks who can eat seafood and not get zits. I wish I were one of you. I'm not surprised you've never heard of seafood causing acne. I had to do a lot of searching to find references to it back in the day and was skeptical about the idea at first. Thank goodness I was desperate to clear my skin! Otherwise I would have never found my major acne trigger. Next time you're eating calamari, be grateful and enjoy it for me.

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Domtx008, seaweed has extremely high levels of iodine. I last researched this several years ago so the details of this are fuzzy, but I remember that excess iodine seeps into our pores and causes them to become inflamed. Acne.com has message boards that were helpful to me, so you'll probably find more info there if you'd like to look into this further.

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on November 11, 2012
at 04:23 PM

been taking krill oil 2 months prior to taking Now Neptune krill oil. been taking now brand krill oil for 2 weeks now. never heard of ocean products causing acne, I have been eating prawns, calamari, wild salmon, seaweed, sardines and other fish and seafood all my life

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on November 11, 2012
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already been using tea tree on myself and hubby's been using benzoyl peroxide, it goes down after a few days but new breakouts occur. it's getting better now

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on November 11, 2012
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seaweed contributes to acne? in what way?

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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

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on November 11, 2012
at 04:22 PM

already been using tea tree on myself and hubby's been using benzoyl peroxide, it goes down after a few days but new breakouts occur. it's getting better now

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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.

Why don't you eliminate the krill oil for 1 month (you can substitute CLO or algae-based DHA) and see if the acne improves?

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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.

Source: http://immortalhair.forumandco.com/t5737-now-neptune-krill-oil-fails-cl-testing?highlight=krill+oill

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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.

Good Luck!

A8dc0864e48ea2e8368b7a93f06dd850

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on November 11, 2012
at 04:23 PM

been taking krill oil 2 months prior to taking Now Neptune krill oil. been taking now brand krill oil for 2 weeks now. never heard of ocean products causing acne, I have been eating prawns, calamari, wild salmon, seaweed, sardines and other fish and seafood all my life

673f7ad6052448d51496f177395416b7

(344)

on November 11, 2012
at 06:23 AM

seaweed contributes to acne? in what way?

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on November 26, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Ally E: Congrats! You're one of the majority of folks who can eat seafood and not get zits. I wish I were one of you. I'm not surprised you've never heard of seafood causing acne. I had to do a lot of searching to find references to it back in the day and was skeptical about the idea at first. Thank goodness I was desperate to clear my skin! Otherwise I would have never found my major acne trigger. Next time you're eating calamari, be grateful and enjoy it for me.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on November 26, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Domtx008, seaweed has extremely high levels of iodine. I last researched this several years ago so the details of this are fuzzy, but I remember that excess iodine seeps into our pores and causes them to become inflamed. Acne.com has message boards that were helpful to me, so you'll probably find more info there if you'd like to look into this further.

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