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    Question Can Pre Workout Supplements Cause Acne?

    I just started taking cullucor C4 at around the beginning of January, and I've been noticing huge amounts of breakouts. I had very bad skin last year but went to the dermatologist, went on medicine and it went away for about a year up until now. This PWO is the first thing I thought of when I was trying to think of why these sudden break outs are happening because I thought of the caffeine and other stimulants and the old saying that the caffeine in soda causes acne. I'm not in any way saying I know anything about the field of dermatology but I'd like some of your guys' knowledge on it. thanks
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    I'm not totally sure, but I doubt it is due to C4.
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    Originally Posted by llahhsoj View Post
    I'm not totally sure, but I doubt it is due to C4.
    It just seems like the spike in acne has been related to the C4. Maybe the stims?
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    Originally Posted by Stinkertonn View Post
    It just seems like the spike in acne has been related to the C4. Maybe the stims?
    I don't really know much about this topic to be honest. Just curious, How old are you?
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    How old are you? And how severe is the acne and what location on your body? if you are a young male you could just have a bit of acne and this is completely normal. I am 24 years old, and have had mild acne since I was 14, it comes and goes. I would recommend getting a prescription for the cream Benzaclin (always works) - don't waste time with completely ineffective non-rx products such as Proactive or neutrogena that have multiple application steps.
    It is unlikely that C4 is causing any problems, most likely something else in your environment, but who knows. Correlation does not mean causation. How do you react to beta alanine?
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    Originally Posted by timjeezy View Post
    How old are you? And how severe is the acne and what location on your body? if you are a young male you could just have a bit of acne and this is completely normal. I am 24 years old, and have had mild acne since I was 14, it comes and goes. I would recommend getting a prescription for the cream Benzaclin (always works) - don't waste time with completely ineffective non-rx products such as Proactive or neutrogena that have multiple application steps.
    It is unlikely that C4 is causing any problems, most likely something else in your environment, but who knows. Correlation does not mean causation. How do you react to beta alanine?
    I'm 15. I had cystic acne last year and went on accutane for it for 6 months and it got rid of everything. I've had no break outs up until right when I started taking C4
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    Do you think maybe you're allergic to any of the ingredients? Stop taking it for a while and see if you stop getting acne. Then go on it again and see if it causes it to come back/
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    ^I agree. Try using a different preworkout I suppose.
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    Originally Posted by Stinkertonn View Post
    I'm 15.
    Wait, your 15? Well broscience here but maybe your workout has caused your testosterone levels to skyrocket. You are after all in an age where you gots them raging hormones.
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    I doubt it was C4; could have been other things including stress, touching your face, etc.
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    Originally Posted by My_Legacy View Post
    I doubt it was C4; could have been other things including stress, touching your face, etc.
    You may just be prone to acne with increased sweating and the stim could be making you sweat lots more.
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    Originally Posted by Stinkertonn View Post
    I just started taking cullucor C4 at around the beginning of January, and I've been noticing huge amounts of breakouts. I had very bad skin last year but went to the dermatologist, went on medicine and it went away for about a year up until now. This PWO is the first thing I thought of when I was trying to think of why these sudden break outs are happening because I thought of the caffeine and other stimulants and the old saying that the caffeine in soda causes acne. I'm not in any way saying I know anything about the field of dermatology but I'd like some of your guys' knowledge on it. thanks
    i can vouch for you i noticed a spike in acne in the beginning (I'm 19 and in college). i think it has to do when your body not being used to the substance because i had no problems after that breakout. Also, pre's high in caffeine like Superpump made me break out as well. Its a rough life lol.
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    Originally Posted by mmazz21 View Post
    i can vouch for you i noticed a spike in acne in the beginning (I'm 19 and in college). i think it has to do when your body not being used to the substance because i had no problems after that breakout. Also, pre's high in caffeine like Superpump made me break out as well. Its a rough life lol.
    i can second this.
    i am 21; going on 22 in 2 months
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    not acne prone
    eat same foods everyday...count macros and same diet to the precise
    train same time everyday and sweat can't be measured but its roughly the same as always
    decided to try c4 about valentines... broke out in acne 2 weeks later ... above eyebrows/forehead/cheek
    going to quit c4 and go back to old stuff...never had this issue before and c4 is the only "change" in my routine/diet

    googled acne & c4...seems quite a few people are experiencing this outbreak
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    I wouldnt take pre-workout at 15 years old. I do notice when im on all my supps that that my acne does get a little worse, but with the proper care it does go back down.
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    I doubt it's impossible, but you could ask a dermatologist to look over the ingredients and they could tell you what's up.
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    From my experience OP, it is either the creatine or the beta-alanine. I have been suffering from cystic acne (or similar inflammation) on my back, chest, and sometimes on my neck/face for 2 of the 3 years I have been lifting. Money has gotten tight (minimum wage at a gym woot. Job interview today. Wish me luck ) so I've cut just about everything out of my stack. My back has largely healed, and my chest is reduced. I haven't had creatine or BA for maybe 2 months now. Picked up 5 samples of White Flood Reborn, which has BA in it, and what do you know, breaking out again after just 3 servings. After my current small breakout heals, I'm going to try creatine w/o BA to see if that too, causes the problem.

    This situation sucks, because if I am indeed allergic to BA, most PWO products contain it.
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    Not taking C4 but taking other pre's and have had an increase in acne. Never really had pimples before but I always have one now. May be just related to sweat though but then again im not really a huge sweater either.
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