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Does Levothyroxine Cause Acne

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Gia Says:
 
I have been taking 25mcg for about 6 weeks and feel much better, no weight loss, but no gain. I have developed acne on my chin and around the right side of my mouth...is this a side effect? Anyone else had this happen?

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HB Says:
 
ive been taking a 25mcg for a week now and am worried that i will develop acne. do many people get this ?

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Rebeccah Says:
 
I have been taking the same dosage as you for about 2 months and have had really bad breakouts EVERYWHERE that I didn't used to get. I now get them on my back, face, shoulders and neck. It's pretty gross and I've never had this problem before but I think it does have something to do with Levothyroxine.

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Colm Says:
 
Hi, I am on thyroxine 4 weeks now and also have gotten acne on my chin and around the mouth. I am now 47 and have not had this problem since I was a teenager.There is obviously something in this pill that triggers acne.

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smallestmommy Says:
 
Uggghhhh Having the same problem on 50mg levothyroxine 6 weeks in. Breakouts all around mouth & chin and those horrible underneath pimples. Tried about 10 washes & zit creams and nothing seems to work :( Did it ever go away for any of you?

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Jilly Says:
 
I hve been on levothyroxine for almost two years now and have had horrible acne. The doc said that this medication has nothing to do with acne but obviously it does.

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smallestmommy Says:
 
My doc ended up giving me cream to help...... clindamycin phospahte gel usp 1% generic for cleocin-t 1% gel) My doc said it wouldn't prevent them it would just control them once they surfaced. Which it did exactly that. Once i started using it i had less scaring from the pimples and they weren't as painful & didn't stay as long. He eventually put me on orthotrycyclin b/c i also have cysts on my ovaries. Once on the pill my breakouts stopped completely. I hope this helps... I know how horrible it was having that acne, you just wanna hide your face all the time :( Good luck to you guys

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tom180 Says:
 
Yes! After my MD instructed me to increase (double) my Levothyroxine, acne around my chin and mouth just erupted. I am 58! Pimples again! I have decided to stager me medication: one in the morning and one in the afternoon to see if that helps. Taking both in the morining seems to be too much.

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Sarah Says:
 
I just started taking Levothyrixine about a year and a half ago and now all of a sudden I started breaking out really bad. Ive had acne before but never this bad. Do you think it has to do with Levothyrixine??

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Joan Faro Says:
 
Yes, I never had acne (except during my teens - I'm now in my mid 30s) and then exactly 1 year after being on levo 75mcg I have painful cystic acne and its scarring very badly. Docotors also said it has nothing to do with the medication... hormones checked out fine too. Their solution is birth control or accutane to fix it (neither are ideal options for me)

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Karen Says:
 
I have been on levothyroxine for 8 months and I never have had acne so bad till now. It is all over my cheeks, chin, forehead and back. It has to be the medication but my doctor say the same thing it's not the medication.

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Ann Says:
 
Shoot, my doctor said my acne is totally from the levothyroxine. But he said it's because my levels were too high. He lowered them and it got better but didn't go away completely. I can tell I'm still too high (hair loss) so next appointment I'm sure I'll be lowered again and hopefully that will help more. I knew it had to have something to do with my thyroid drama because I've never had bad skin. My skin was even clear as a teenager.

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Tigger Says:
 
me too 4 weeks zits on the left side and these are not budging so they look as if they are here to stay

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J Says:
 
I was diagnosed with a hypoactive thyroid about 5 years ago and was put on 100MCG Levothyroxine 1x day. I never had bad skin until I stopped using the medicine....when I run out of my prescription or am not taking the pills I get large, painful cysts mainly all on my chin, which is extremely embarrassing at 27 years old. Once I am back on the meds my skin clears up and the cysts go away. Seems like I am the opposite of a lot of cases I've read about where taking the medicine brings on cystic acne.

*For those of you who are having trouble with the cysts, what worked extremely well for me when I was managing my skin issues was Queen Helene Mint Julep mask or tea tree oil....those were the only things that helped me.

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J Says:
 
I am also on Tri-Nessa, which is similar to Ortho Tri-Cyclen, which may help as well.

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Aki Says:
 
I've been taking levothyroxine since having radioactive iodine. My thyroid hormone level went down to hypothyroidism so I was prescribed levothyroxine and now I am taking the 100MCG. Ever since I started taking levothyroxine, my face was starting to break out like it had never happened before. I used to have beautiful and healthy skin, but now the acne is getting worse to the point that there are cystic acne developed, which is the worst type of acne. For the past summer, I skipped taking levothyroxine because of the medical insurance conflict, and I noticed my skin was getting much better. Unfortunately, as I started taking it again, my skin is turning down again with acne all over. From this experience, I am sure that levothyroxine does trigger acne, at least to most people who take this medication.

I have talked to my doctor about this but she didn't seem to consider about my concern. I am 22 years old and I do concern about my skin since physical appearance does play a role in what people think about me or if I can find a good job. I wish there are other medications that helps with hypoactive thyroid besides levothyroxine.

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841Rosie Says:
 
I have been on 50mcg of levothyroxine for 3 months and also have started breaking out on my chin and around my mouth. Hope it gets better.

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Stacey Says:
 
I have been on Levothyroxin 125MCG since Agust 2011. I had my thyroid removed because of cancer. They want me on this high dose for at least a year to prevent any regrowh of cancer(if there is any left). I took the radioactive iodine so the cancer should be gone. Taking this high does in almost like have low thyroid. Lot of the sam symptoms.
I too have gotten acne on my back shoulders. This sucks. Not on my face though. so I can hide it. But while all the other woman are wearing cute little tops with there sholders showing i am all covered up. Sucks.

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liz Says:
 
ive been taking 25 mcg of levothyroxine for about almost 2 months and all along my jaw line my skin has been breaking out badly, never had acne even when i was a teenager and now my skin is out of control. ive also lost alot of energy throughout the day since ive been taking it. it is indeed this medication is a horrible side effect.

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viviane kost Says:
 
I have been on levothyroxine 50 mcg for 2 months now. I have oily skin but only had bad acne on my teens years. Now, at 36yo and I am having really bad acne breakout. I tried different acne medication, but nothing seems to work. My doctor stated the same thing.. acne and levothyroxine have no connections. But, i believe there is one. Possible increase of estrogen levels?

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Linda Says:
 
I have been taking Levothyroxine for 4 days and started developing acne.

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