acne and the colon

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subdued
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   Posted 4/12/2009 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been told many years ago that there is a relationship between acne and the colon.

Here's a link to an article that talks about it:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Acne-And-The-Colon-An-Unlikely-Partnership&id=308532

How many of you have had issues with acne in addition to having UC?
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


PSA
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 498
   Posted 4/12/2009 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I had and I still have.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracl: Albert Einstein
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


bookworm21
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   Posted 4/12/2009 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh, yes. My skin used to be so great pre-UC.

What do you all use for your acne? I have really sensitive skin so I can't use anything with benzyl peroxide. Even products for sensitive skin and/or with salicylic acid irritate my skin. I'm afraid to use what the dermatologist prescribed since it's an antibiotic!
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (7 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, Forvia, 6 Colazal, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement, 20 mg Prozac, VSL #3 DS, Turmeric
 


subdued
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   Posted 4/12/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I found that the most important thing in treating acne is to wash things like clothes, towels, sheets, and pillow cases frequently.

Keep the skin dry and cool.

Don't touch the area.

Don't eat foods that give you acne--for me, that's nuts. I haven't been able to eat peanut butter since I was 12.

Sad to say, but the only medicine that worked for me when I had skin infections and boils was antibiotics. I was never given corticosteroid injections. I was living overseas when my acne was at its worst. I have used Retin-A. It helped substantially with reducing the scaring.

Now that I'm older, I use just benzoyl peroxide. I should probably use retin-A again. I do still have some minor scaring that I would like to get rid of.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


fruitgirl
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   Posted 4/12/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had a problem with acne, other than a stray zit every now and then, and an occasional "period pimple." That's what I call the big, really painful zits I get the week before my period that never really form a head. I get them maybe 3 times a year.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, 40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg 10mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


suebear
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   Posted 4/12/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I never had acne but I did have UC.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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