Thinking about taking creatine but worried about acne? Have you started using creatine and noticed a few pimples popping up here and there? You are not alone!
I myself have been thinking about taking a supplement group called pre-workout with creatine in order to help build more muscles and boost my workout routine. But there is one problem with creatine supplements: Does creatine cause acne?
I spoke to a few bodybuilders and creatine users in the gym the other day. Admittedly, some of the people I have spoken to did have acne while others did not.
Most of them were already on acne medication. Did the people with acne already have acne before they took creatine or did the creatine actually cause acne breakouts?
Creatine DOES cause acne.
I asked a few people about this and they all said the same thing. The acne came when they started using creatine. Now that sounds like bad news for health-conscious gym buffs like myself.
Creatine manufacturers and some users have been proclaiming that creatine does not cause acne. On the other hand, other users have claimed otherwise.
Supporters of creatine have insisted that it is not the creatine itself that causes the acne but rather the dehydration and high sugar diet that accompanies creatine ingestion.
In other words, acne is supposedly caused by the hormone imbalance and dehydration.
Regardless of whether creatine is the main cause of acne or not, the fact is that more creatine users have admitted to having to deal with acne even if they have never had it in the past.
Everyone’s body is different so creatine does cause acne in some people. Even if there is no direct association between creatine and acne, there may be effects on your skin from the increase in hormones.
If you already have acne and are planning to take creatine, it is important to continue taking acne medications as you add in creatine to your regimen.
The hormonal increase that comes with taking creatine supplements clearly causes or worsens acne. In individuals that are able to tolerate creatine well, low doses may not cause acne. Plus, acne development due to creatine may be cumulative. Thus, when people use creatine on a short-term basis, there may be no effect.
On the other hand, even with low dose creatine supplementation, acne breakouts may occur. The conclusion is that to create conclusions about the likely causes of acne, there need to be more studies done on creatine supplements that cause imbalanced hormones, thus triggering acne.
Do you have any questions? I would love to hear your comments down below.
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