Acne and blemishes and vitamin B12 cure

Vitamin B12 and suddenly acne!

Time and again, patients complain about the increased appearance of pimples or the development or aggravation of acne in the context of high-dose vitamin B12 therapy. So far, however, it has not been possible to clearly clarify where the unfathomable vitamin B12 acne comes from. There are various theories circulating around the vitamin prepart.

On the one hand, so-called porhyrins (organic chemical compounds) in the skin are held responsible, or a cobalt allergy or a detoxification reaction, to name just a few.

In some studies it was concluded that when there is an excess of vitamin B12 in the skin, the gene activity of these skin bacteria increases and fuels inflammatory processes.

However, it has been observed that not all individuals experience this acne-promoting effect after vitamin B12 administration. However, it is thought to affect individuals who are or have been prone to acne. Why this is so is as yet unclear.

It is interesting to note that vitamin B12 acne occurs primarily with high-dose therapy involving injections. Due to this fact, oral intake should be preferred. Often smaller, oral doses are better tolerated by the body.

Since a deficiency of folic acid can also be considered as a trigger of the pimples, the simultaneous administration of folic acid and biotin is recommended. Experience reports show that this has partially prevented the worsening of the skin.

Furthermore, it is recommended to reduce foods that contain a lot of vitamin B12, such as

  • Beef, liver
  • Pork, liver
  • Anchovy
  • Salmon
  • Chicken egg
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Milk

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