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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with severe pancolitis this past fall and am still in an active flare. I seem to be resistant to Prednisone (and have very bad side effects from it anway) and have had 3 staph infections since diagnosis. To top off the below deck symptoms I have developed cystic type acne that won't seem to go away. I'm in my thirties so this is definitely unexpected and quite a bummer. It's one thing to know that your colon isn't looking too good on the inside, but to feel and look rotten on the outside is a bit of a downer. I am currently on Asacol and Azathioprine. Anyone else experience acne from UC or meds other than the predinisone?

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to get acne a lot, but I think it is just me, not necessarily the UC meds... not sure about that I guess. I use proactiv system and that has done wonders for me. I hardly ever get a zit anymore.
good luck!
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.
My life is one big flare.

Asacol, Azathioprine, Prednisone, Rowasa
First Remicade 6/22/09

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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
The pred is probably causing it.

I have cystic acne, but I've also had it since I was a teenager, sooo...
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 141
   Posted 8/6/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I got horrible acne whilst on pred. It persisted for a couple of months after I finished taking it, then it gradually disappeared. Hope it improves for you.
Ulcerative Colitis: diagnosed as moderate pan-colitis August 2008. Prednisolone saved me.
Current meds: Azathioprine (100mg); Asacol (too much - 6 tablets twice a day); Pentasa enemas and suppositories as needed (both great).

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   Posted 8/6/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to sound like a turmeric advocate, but I looked it up on Wikipedia and I guess it's pretty effective on cystic acne, you might look it up youself =)

Also, I've use the AcneFree system which is like a cheaper version of Proactiv and it seems to work fine. But I figure something cheap and natural is worth a shot.
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome

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