Can Iodine Stop Acne?

As the average age of acne sufferers gets higher, you better believe that people will do anything to try to get rid of it. After all, isn't acne supposed to be an ailment we leave behind in our teenage years? Recently, we heard that people were using iodine, either taking a supplement or applying it on their skin, to help treat acne. But it turns out, using iodine could be causing more harm than good.

“There are people that are iodine sensitive and those that are not,” says Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. “But the bottom line is that it can cause people that are sensitive to break out, and get pimples on their face and back.”

Additionally, iodine can dry out your skin and can also cause irritation. While Dr. Downie has heard of cases where people saw positive results, she hasn't seen enough evidence to suggest that iodine would be a good acne treatment.

We'll admit, we're a little disappointed that iodine isn't the answer to our acne woes. But at least we now know to stay away from it!

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  • Julia
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    Iodine has been a savior for me! I had terrible terrible acne for years and Now my face is as clear as it can be!!!! My mom recommended it to me and I thought it was crazy. I am in my 30's and I feel like i look like i'm in my 20's now! I wish i knew about this a long time ago!!!!

  • Christine
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    Iodine has been a miracle for me. My cat scratched my chin and I noticed it cleared up the acne around it... out of curiosity I put it on spots where I needed it for the next two nights and lone behold--- It works for me! I spot treat before bed. Stings on broken skin but heals it and reduced the red mark and inflammation. You're not supposed to use it all over or as a precaution. But where the acne is, it gets rid of the bacteria. So.... May not work for everyone but don't knock it til you try it... this is coming from a 30 year old who has tried EVERYTHING under the sun (from expensive treatments to cold sore cream and all between) and iodine has been my godsend!

  • Anonymous
    Posted on

    The iodine is detoxing your skin if it makes you break out. Drink more water and stop eating crap for food.

  • Alissa
    Posted on

    I started using iodine therapy for swollen lymph nodes to take the swelling down and I noticed that it cleared up my acne. If I get a really swollen pimple I use it instead of steroid cream. It worked for me, but I am sure there are different causes for people's acne, so it doesn't work for everyone.

  • Posted on

    Actually, iodine has been found to contribute to acne!

  • Meredith
    Posted on

    One of my girlfriends has been trying this method, I thought she was crazy! Thanks for the confirmation!

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