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Acne with Fish Oil/Cod Liver Oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Every time I take Fish Oil or even Cod Liver Oil, I start flaring up and breaking out on my shoulders and face. The Cod Liver Oil is good quality, Green Pasture, but I still break out just like fish oil. Does anyone know why this is happening? And what I can take instead?! I've been told GLA is what I should try taking instead of fish oils.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on April 28, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Might have been a slight iodine deficiency though, causing the PUFAs to oxidize prematurely. Still figuring things out.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Might have been a slight iodine deficiency though, causing the PUFAs to oxidize prematurely. Still figuring thing out.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on April 28, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Brain fog, poor sleep, social awkwardness, fatigue, etc. Only correlation obviously, cannot attribute it solely to fish oil.

59d367d77f4082717bade07508624db8

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on April 28, 2012
at 07:04 PM

What other worrying symptoms?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 28, 2012
at 09:08 AM

Jenny, 100% agreed. Same goes for low-carb flu etc., btw.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 28, 2012
at 09:07 AM

The fluoride theory seems bogus to me, but I don't even believe iodine causes acne. I'd say the only things that cause acne are PUFAs, hard-to-digest-plant-matter and a lack of nutrients. A good diet with oysters, liver and fruit should take care of this.

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on April 20, 2012
at 09:57 PM

I don't usually buy this "it will get worse before it gets better" thing. I mean, what's the logic? Your skin reacts and breaks out, then it heals and never comes back? I honestly don't really get it, but have found myself agreeing with it in the past for no reason.

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on April 10, 2012
at 10:17 PM

Same here, I'm not even that acne prone anymore.

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on March 13, 2012
at 09:34 PM

I've got the same thing happening to me. I've been taking 1 teaspoon of green pasture's CLO/BO blend every day last week, and I broke out so bad on my face starting friday, I stopped over the weekend and now my outbreak has calmed down. I don't get it, I'm not allergic to fish or dairy.

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on March 13, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Alternatively switch to eating liver then (lamb, calf, chicken...), which also has the high dose of retinol reported to improve acne by many forum users.

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on March 13, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Alternatively switch to some liver then, which also has the high dose of retinol reported to improve acne by many forum users.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 13, 2012
at 02:52 PM

I would not do this. Cod liver oil is not a very popular supplement anyways.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 23, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Really?? I hear this often, but I don't have any problems with it. And Green Pasture's CLO has helped a lot of people...

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on January 08, 2012
at 11:26 AM

See if there's some info on here. http://www.brianpeskin.com/ The guy seems to know a lot about fish oil.

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23f23a57135012f22a6e01729dc3695b

on April 28, 2012
at 08:06 AM

This happened to me too! It took me a few weeks to release that the acne started when I started taking the cod liver oil. One explanation seems to be that the iodine content is displacing other halogens in your body (fluoride/bromide) and coming out through your skin. However, I think this only happens to people who have compromised detoxification pathways and so the skin is the last resort (otherwise you wouldn't react).

Definitely interested if anyone finds out any more about this. In the meantime, I have resumed my Vit D3 supplement and continue to eat liver as my source of Vit A. I don't think this is causing any break outs for me so its really weird. I also do eat some sea food and sea salt so I must get some iodine....

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 28, 2012
at 09:07 AM

The fluoride theory seems bogus to me, but I don't even believe iodine causes acne. I'd say the only things that cause acne are PUFAs, hard-to-digest-plant-matter and a lack of nutrients. A good diet with oysters, liver and fruit should take care of this.

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5346251a916461c4c69ce8790fdaaec8

on March 13, 2012
at 02:42 PM

I think maybe it's because your acne needs to get worse before it starts to clear up..so take the oil pills for a while even of you break out, in the end it will be benifitial.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 13, 2012
at 02:52 PM

I would not do this. Cod liver oil is not a very popular supplement anyways.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 20, 2012
at 09:57 PM

I don't usually buy this "it will get worse before it gets better" thing. I mean, what's the logic? Your skin reacts and breaks out, then it heals and never comes back? I honestly don't really get it, but have found myself agreeing with it in the past for no reason.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 28, 2012
at 09:08 AM

Jenny, 100% agreed. Same goes for low-carb flu etc., btw.

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Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on April 20, 2012
at 09:18 PM

I'm starting to not like fish oil myself. I think I messed myself up with it, I had acne among other more worrying symptoms and actually just threw my bottle away a few days ago. I don't know what it was, but I definitely feel better without it.

Perhaps it was messing with my hormones and suppressing my immune system like I've read a few articles on lately.

I eat pretty low PUFAs anyway, so I'm guessing the fish oil was largely unnecessary. I think I'll continue eating fish a couple of times a week.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Might have been a slight iodine deficiency though, causing the PUFAs to oxidize prematurely. Still figuring thing out.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on April 28, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Brain fog, poor sleep, social awkwardness, fatigue, etc. Only correlation obviously, cannot attribute it solely to fish oil.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Might have been a slight iodine deficiency though, causing the PUFAs to oxidize prematurely. Still figuring things out.

59d367d77f4082717bade07508624db8

(1198)

on April 28, 2012
at 07:04 PM

What other worrying symptoms?

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A3bb2c70384b0664a933b45739bac32c

on March 13, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I had the same problem. I used Carleson salmon oil and had less trouble. Also, try red krill oil. The dosage is smaller for the same nutrient value.

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on August 01, 2013
at 01:37 AM

I know I'm a little late here, but I started upping my intake of fish oil for the omega-3s lately and I've noticed I've had a some acne pop up. I'm in my early 30s too! I haven't seen acne in a while. While acne is no fun, I see this as a positive sign because it is a sign of increased testosterone. I'm not sure if I think it's just the fish oil boosting the testosterone, in fact I can't really find any direct evidence, but I suspect it can play a factor (along with exercise and the corresponding weight loss.) Perhaps it helps raise insulin sensitivity and thus allow greater free testosterone levels? I don't know, I'm not an expert. But... basically, yeah, it sucks to have acne, but as I get a little older, it's nice to see that I'm finding ways to naturally boost this fat-burning hormone.

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on April 28, 2012
at 01:40 PM

Don't take it? Problem solved. Its garbage anyways.

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on April 28, 2012
at 09:23 AM

Hm, weird... Sometimes I get flares when I am clearing up but they stop after a week or two and healing continues.

So far i've had nothing but good results eating lots of omega 3s. I get mine from constantly eating 660 mg omega 3 eggs. Occasionally i'll supplement a little. I eat high-fat and get all of my fat soluble vitamins just like taking CLO.

I've had acne non stop since I was 10 and i'm almost clear again doing this!

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