Does Adderall Cause Acne To Form?

Lots of people have a hard time concentrating today. When I was a teenager and in college, I was in the same predicament. I had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) where I literally had the toughest time trying to concentrate and stay focused. Well, sure enough, I noticed that I started breaking out from time to time. I chalked it up to being one of those things that I just couldn’t avoid and that’s it.

I quickly learned that I wasn’t the only person experiencing this issue. Others have snuck by without having to deal with any acne popping up (pun intended). I’m here to discuss everything that I know about this drug and the impact that it can have on your skin.
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Does Adderall Cause Acne Breakouts?

The short answer to this question is, yes! Acne can form as a result of using Adderall. Before I get too deep into things here, let me tell you what it is first. Adderall is a prescribed medication that’s used to help treat ADHD. It’s a stimulant that basically helps people to remain focused on a task or specific activity.

People that have sleeping disorder actually use Adderall to help them stay awake and alert.

Adderall is made up of a chemical mixture of amphetamine as well as dextroamphetamine. These ingredients combined help keep your nervous system active and stimulated.

So How’s It All Work?

I’m not a scientist or a doctor, but I’m going to do my best to describe to you how this all works.

For those of you that might not have any idea how Adderall works, it’s pretty simple. Adderall has been chemically created to influence dopamine and epinephrine that exists within your body. The Adderall binds to both of these creating a stimulating effect that produces emotions that stimulate your body. In addition to that, it helps block or I should say, further limit the removal of epinephrine and dopamine. Now, that’s about as scientific as I can get here since I’m not an expert at any of this.

Enough about Adderall in general, how does it impact your skin?

There are a few things that you need to know about this magic focus medication and many of those things can cause acne to form. Did you know that dry skin was one of the most common side effects of taking this? How about increased heart rates and even bowel movement issues or their lack of!

Let’s start with the dry skin issue since it’s most relevant. Most amphetamines have been known to cause dry skin. In fact, anything that contains stimulants, unfortunately, has a negative impact on your skin. It often causes it to dry out significantly at times too. As a result, dry skin soon becomes acne ridden skin has dehydration sets in.

The reason this occurs is because there is an insignificant amount of moisture in the skin. When this happens, your skin becomes weak and the natural protective shield that exists becomes very weak. That’s when the bacteria goes to work as well as viruses and any fungi that might be present.

Bacteria finds it’s way into the deeper layers of your skin, causing you to breakout!

You know, stress hormones also play a factor here. Taking Adderall often causes Cortisol levels to fluctuate quite a bit. As these levels increase, your sebaceous glands begin to work extra hard and as a result, excess oil starts to clog all those pores!

Did you know that increased stress levels can also have a negative impact on your healing abilities? Let’s assume that you have some sort of wound or cut if you’re stress levels are through the roof, it’s going to be more difficult for that would to heal versus if you weren’t stressed out.

Last but not least, Adderall causes your blood sugar levels to fluctuate as well. Since taking this medicine often causes an increase in glucose levels, as a chain reaction, it can cause your skin to become inflamed. The inflammation then causes your pores to clog.

Some people have had long term nerve damage within their digestive tract as a result of taking Adderall. That’s when you, unfortunately, end up dealing with constipation issues. Once that kicks in, you’ll soon find yourself trying to eliminate toxins any way possible. Your skin is one of those vehicles in which the toxin removal process takes place.

Is It Worth Stopping?

Well, I’m going to give you my personal opinion here. I don’t necessarily think that you need to stop taking Adderall if breakouts are your main concern. In my personal opinion, after taking Adderall for years, I’d say that acne is likely the last thing that you should be worried about.

However, if the acne is causing you to lose confidence and feel uncomfortable from a personal standpoint then I’d speak with both your primary care physician and dermatologist. There are plenty of alternative medicines that they can give you which may not cause acne to form. Should you choose to continue to take Adderall and you want to reduce your chances of breaking out, here’s what I’m suggesting.

1) Put forth best efforts to keep your stress to a minimum. Be sure to incorporate daily exercise and physical activity to help. I know that whenever I avoided working out, it made my stress levels skyrocket. You’ll want to keep that to a minimum by doing something physical. You can also begin to incorporate yoga or meditation into your daily routine. It will surely help you keep your stress levels to a minimum.

2)┬áSteer clear from water that’s simply too hot. Refrain from taking showers that are too hot in general. You should also try your best to apply moisturizer on a daily basis when possible. This will help keep your skin hydrated and better protect it from viruses and bacteria. If you’re using harsh toners containing alcohol, I suggest you toss them out. Pick up an alcohol-free substitute instead.


From a personal experience perspective, I can say that I feel much better not taking Adderall versus taking it. That said, I’d like to suggest that you not make any medical decisions based on the information that I’ve provided. I would prefer you speak with a professional instead of taking my advice. Normally, I wouldn’t say that but given that this is a controlled substance, you must proceed with caution when making changes.

Does Adderall Cause Acne To Form?
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