I know this is a hot topic, but honestly there has to be some correlation between creatine and acne. After reading the bulk of the posts in the T-Nation archives regarding the topic I did a quick google search and it looks like its common among users.
Prof-x advocates that there is no evidence to the claim but how can so many people see these effects and it not be true? I've always had a pimple here or there, but when I started supplementing with my creatine (prolab creapure 100% creatine monohydrate) I also saw an increase in acne.
I just want to finally settle the controversy that surrounds the topic .. I'm not a pansy boy so I'm not going to stop supplementing with creatine but I'm thinking of just downing my intake? Would anyone advise against this?
If, indeed creatine is what is causing your acne, which I sincerely doubt, you would be a statistical outlier - which would explain why, if this causal link you propose does exist it is not supported by any empirical evidence. because those with your problem are such a negligable portion of the population.
Additionally, I can think of no biological mechanism by which creatine could cause acne, have you heard of any? If so I'll look into it.
One question though, are you using any other supplements that could impact your hormonal profile? This is something for which there is empirical evidence that shows it can cause acne.
Compare everyone who gets acne while using creatine to everyone who doesn't. Just because a few teens whored out some forums with question about acne and creatine doesn't mean it's true. It's pretty much ONLY teens who have this problem:
Teens have high Test: high test leads to acne.
Lifting increases Test: test leads to acne, creatine is the NUMBER ONE most used supplement among teens, expecially newbie lifters.
Ask any dermatologist about the causes of acne and creatine will NEVER come up.
you mean for how i know correlation=/=causation? i too would like a good source for understanding stuff like this, but i have yet to find one. i also haven't really looked...
anyways, a good way of explaining correlation=/=causation is:
when ice cream sales go up so do shark attacks. the logical fallacy correlation=causation would have you believe that the increase in ice cream sales caused the increase in shark attacks or vice versa (because they're correlated), but when understanding correlation=/=causation, we can see that the increase in ice cream sales and the increase in shark attacks went up at the same time and neither caused each other. they were both actually caused, in part, by the warmer weather and its provoking of human lust for beaches and sweet/cool food.
does that make sense?
i think it's by how T affects skin. higher levels and/or sensitivity makes skin oilier and stuff. i really dont know any biological mechanism, but there is tremendous empirical evidence that higher T levels and/or sensitivity increases acne. although, it really varies for different people, and of course genetics are very involved.
edit to add: i may have misread your second remark. i read that you said that there's no biological mechanism for T affecting acne, when after reviewing it again, it seems you actually meant that there's no biological mechanism for creatine affecting T. i honestly have no clue.
BigPaul and Sasquatch are correct. There is no known link between creatine and acne, and there's been a SHITLOAD of studies done on the product. Shitload is a scientific term meaning many hundreds.
To the original poster - real easy way to tell if it's causing acne. Stop using it but keep everything else the same. If elevated creatine levels are what's causing it (99.9% sure it isn't, but for your peace of mind), you'll see a marked acne drop after a month (it stays in your system appx. 3 weeks, then a week to clear up).