Chronic acne with Iron Deficiency

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I've had some pretty rough acne off and on for the past maybe 15 years or so. I've done everything, including Accutane. But that's too extreme for me now. My doctor commented on my acne firing my last checkup and I was embarrassed because I thought my makeup covered it. He prescribed my some benzoyl peroxide gel with clyndamicin, but he also told me due to shine health problems he suspected an iron deficiency. So he put me on iron.

I didn't really use the acne gel since I've been prescribed the crap before to no avail. It always heals "just enough" of the acne like every other solution- I haven't had a perfectly clear face since maybe 11 or 12 years old. Even with Accutane my face and scaring cleared maybe 90% and it was short lived.

Well after about a week on iron my face cleared up. Deep cysts kind if deflated and flattened. The deep fried out pimples came out and didn't build back up. There are no more white heads. The skin completely has smoothed out. I can run my fingers over my cheeks and forehead and it's soft. It looks smooth

I've only been on iron maybe 2 and a half or 3 weeks, and I don't really see the need for the acne gel I was prescribed. I just take my iron at night. And I even added more iron rich foods to my diet now that I know I'm anemic.

But I don't know what the relation is to acne. I take active birth control all the way through, so I don't have. I have always been a big carnivore. I'm just anemic anyway, until the doctor figures out why. But apparently now that I'm on iron to treat it, my face is clear.

I'm sure there aren't studies that have proven that there is a correlation, but if you are looking for solutions, it may be worth a try to find out if there's a connection. Obviously I'm not giving medical advice n just suggesting if you feel there is a link you may want to find out. It could make a difference. I am going to get blood the end of the month to see if the anemia improved. Hopefully if he takes me off the iron my face will still be clear.
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Diet can play a huge role in solving skin issues so it makes sense that having an iron deficiency worsened your acne. I find that my skin looks a lot better when I take an EFA supplement and cut down on my coffee intake. Dr. Perricone has built a career on a healthy diet and supplements to clear up acne. This worked for me. I previously tried Proactiv, which actually caused me to break out. Sometimes the solution is simple and inexpensive. Glad you've found something that works.

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