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Old March 8th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default multivitamins and acne/breakouts

So I became a vegetarian/vegan in November and a few weeks ago I decided to start taking a multivitamin just to be safe. I took one complete multi-vitamin and a sublingual B12 supplement every day for about 2 weeks. Around that time I had a huge breakout that just wouldn't calm down no matter what I did. Yesterday it hit me that maybe it was the vitamins that were causing the problem, so I didn't take them yesterday or today. It seems like my skin is better but I want to wait a couple of days to be sure. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old March 9th, 2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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Too much vitamin C can be problematic for me, and I also have trouble digesting most vitamins.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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I have never had a vitamin cause a break-out, or give my any skin issues at all. In fact, quite the opposite-my skin has only gotten better and better since I started taking a multi every day, and then when I added my calcium/magnesium/zinc it's nearly cleared up. I read somewhere afterwards that zinc is really good for the skin, so in hindsight, I know it was the zinc that helped so much.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #4
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There are a few vitamins/minerals/supplement ingredients/whatever that I believe give me acne and therefore I avoid: Vitamin A, iron, iodine, and (in high doses) biotin.

Vitamin A and iodine are so bad that I avoid all foods that contain these, as well. I take biotin in a multi-B-Complex, but it's a pretty low dose. If I take biotin on its own, I get nasty acne within a few days. I take all of my other vitamins as individual supplements because it's nearly impossible to find a multi without all four of those ingredients, and that's also veggie-friendly since I'm a vegetarian.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #5
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If I take biotin or B vitamins, complex, in multivitamin or ont heir own, I get awful break out.
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