dose chrons cause acne?

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J-
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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
im getting acne at 23, im on pred and asacol.

thinking this is one of two things going on:

1) crohn's
2) stress from opening the store and all that jazz.

im getting small pimples on my temples/back of neck and head. strange.
diagnosed with crohn's 6-15-09 at age 23.

meds:
asacol: 400mg. 3 3X a day
prednisone: 10mg. 3 in the morning

supplements:
multivitamin, cal/mag, probiotic, fish oil, vitamin C, digestive enzymes, rice protein. looking into l-glutamine next


Nanners
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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Could very well be the Prednisone causing the acne. Thats one of the many lovely side effects of the Pred. It should improve when you are off of it.

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Gail*Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

MAG102886
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Its the Prednisone. While I was on it I got HORRIBLE acne. Sucked because I never had a problem with acne before.  Once your off the pred it should clear up.  The only problem I had with mine was I had these little itty bitty pimples on the sides of my face like close to my ears, even after the acne healed up I still had these red dots there, it took a couple months but they went away.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.
 

J-
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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
cool thanks guys!
diagnosed with crohn's 6-15-09 at age 23.

meds:
asacol: 400mg. 3 3X a day
prednisone: 10mg. 3 in the morning

supplements:
multivitamin, cal/mag, probiotic, fish oil, vitamin C, digestive enzymes, rice protein. looking into l-glutamine next


inspectorgadget
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   Posted 8/4/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I am convinced there is a connection between the Asacol and acne; or more specifically oily skin. I am lucky that my UC is very well controlled by Asacol 400mg x2 2x a day. For a long time my dose was 800mg 3x a day. My skin remains extremely oily as long as I take any asacol, and as a result, prone to acne. I have experimented with quitting the Asacol. The excessive oiliness disappears and my skin clears up immediately. Unfortunately the UC returns in about a month and takes months of 800mg 3X a day to get under control again. I know there is a connection. I only see my GI once a year now and every time we discuss the oily skin, he looks up the side effects on his Treo and says "Nope, oily skin is not a side effect". It frustrates the hell out of me. I can effectively "manage" the acne only by very conscientious treatment of washing my face multiple times a day and applying Benzoyl Peroxide after my morning shower and before going to bed. If I miss one or the other the acne returns. I also let nothing touch my face. Of course cheap clothing, pillow cases, and bath towels all get bleached by my face treatment, but I do not have UC symptoms and have very little but sometimes maddening acne at 42.

As a tip, the absolute best benzoyl peroxide treatment I've found is Daniel Kern's from Acne.org. Its comparatively inexpensive and is only 2.5% which is all you need. Most importantly, since I always need it, it is clear on your skin.

Lastly I did have acne problems as a teen, and did take Accutane which was effective. Unfortunately Accutane is now thought to be causal for UC and possible for emotional problems. If my children are unfortunate enough to have my skin problems I will not agree to Accutane treatment for them.

On the bright side, Asacol causes hair loss too, look it up on your Treo.

pimfram
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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Prednisone gives me terrible acne on my face, back, and chest.   Just one if its side effects.

Post Edited By Moderator (Nanners) : 8/4/2009 1:50:09 PM (GMT-6)


Nanners
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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Asacol for years and never had a problem with acne from it. Prednisone, yes it has caused some acne for me.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

frogeleita
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   Posted 8/6/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
asacol and pentasa both cause acne..well it says it in the side effects..if you read all of them..i have this problem with the pentasa and its on my face and my back..i thought that when i am 32 this would finally go away!!!! Here is what helps alot...clean and clear wipes..or oxy clean wipes..or noxzema wipes..Mario Badescu glycolic foaming cleanser and proactive..its really a miracle in the bottle..

inspectorgadget
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   Posted 11/18/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to add to this thread. As noted above, I have acne problems which I am sure relate to my regimen of Asacol for UC. I have, by accidental experiment, become convinced that I can control my Asacol-related acne with Konsol Psyllium husk. You mix it in a drink and gulp it down. There is apparently a liver/colon/skin connection. I should add that drinking more water and eating more fruit seems to help as well but the definite connection I can make is that my skin is less oily if I drink the psyllium once a day and it is FAR less oily if I drink it twice a day. I presume that the oily skin is my body trying to get rid of some components of the Asacol that it doesn't like, but the psyllium drags it out before it manifests in oily skin and acne. I want to add that my skin becomes less dependent on the Benx Perox. treatment that bleaches everything to the point that I am not sure I need it at all.

njmom
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   Posted 11/24/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Is probably the pred. Even Entocort, especially at higher doses, tends to cause acne in my daughter.
Daughter (22) Dx'd Crohn's 3/06. Misdiagnosed for two years, including by top pediatric Crohn's specialist as stress. No symptoms for the past two years. Recent colonoscopy shows stricture gone but still two spots of inflammation in TI. Used LDN to taper off Entocort. Was on Entocort since April 06. Never had D. SCD multivitamin, homemade yogurt, 5000IU vit D3, 500 mg calcium, 27 mg iron, monthly B12 shots, daily oral B12 1000. SCD diet modified to include potatoes and rice. 

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