The Magic Anti-Acne Solution: Cod Liver Oil?

It’s been an unusually stressful couple of months for me, and as such my sensitive skin has completely exploded in angry, deeply-embedded cysts on my chin that simply won’t go away. I’m currently trying out the Rodin and Fields Unblemish Kit that a friend recommended, and so far I’ve seen pretty good results…but my skin is still not where I’d like it to be. (More yoga and meditation to calm myself down are obviously in order!)

Earlier today, I mentioned my skin dilemmas on Twitter, and @Beauty_Editor responded telling me that I needed to get some Cod Liver Oil, pronto. Apparently, there’s an entire cult of people who swear by Cod Liver Oil as the miracle secret to gorgeous, glowing, clear skin…and so obviously I immediately ran out to Whole Foods and bought a bottle of pills to try for myself.

I’ll keep you updated and let you know if they work for me. Fingers (and toes! and hair! and eyes!) crossed.

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  1. Greta

    Hello Nadine, please share the daily dose and for how long you are supposed to take the Cod liver oil before seeing results. Thanks

  2. Erica

    I just started taking Zinc for Acne (from Vitamin World) about 2 weeks ago, and I swear it is helping my skin so much! It is only like $7 too:) Good luck with the cod liver oil!

  3. Ugh. I have been having the same problem recently! (Not the kind of skincare issue I thought I’d be dealing with at 30 years old!) I will try this too- thank you for the tip.

  4. Leah

    Hi Nadine! I know you already love Arcona and I’ve been using their oily basic 5 and rotating in the rasberry clarifying bar w/ my clarisonic. It’s really helped and my skin’s never been better. Maybe yours needs a little trip to the nearby Arcona spa! Wish I lived nearby.

  5. jolie m

    Nadine, I am 24 and going through the same skin dilemma as you are (cystic acne around jaw line and breakouts on chin). So please let me know how all these remedies are going for you!

  6. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but since I started taking the Cod Liver Oil pills (2 a day) and drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar concoction, my skin has dramatically improved. It really is glowing! I’m hoping this trend continues… :)

  7. Anon

    Hi Nadine,

    I suffered from cystic chin acne about 2 years ago until my dermatologist had me Spironolactone. It’s a blood pressure medicine that also has a side effect of decreasing or blocking male hormones – the cause of the cystic chin acne. After about 3 months, it cleared up the painful acne on my chin. It’s worth a try..

  8. Hey Nadine – thanks for the shout-out! I’m so glad to hear that the cod liver oil is working for you already. Over the years I’ve tried everything (topicals, medications, lasers, you name it) and seriously nothing compares to it for both acne and giving you an all-over glow. So I try to spread the word and tell everyone about it. :-)

    Greta – the dose depends on the brand you’re taking. The one I recommend is Green Pasture Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend. I take 1 tsp a day and that has 10,000 IU of vitamin A (the A is what’s helping your skin). But I know lots of people taking regular Carlson’s (which has far less vitamin A – less than 1,000 IU per tsp) and still getting results. So you might need to experiment depending on how severe your skin issues are. It should improve your skin gradually over about a month or so.

    Anon – I’ve tried spironolactone too and it works but it’s not something I wanted to be on long-term since it’s a diuretic and depletes minerals from your body. Cod liver oil has given me the same results (probably better because I have more of a “glow”) but without any side effects.


  9. Nat

    I purchased Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil and it is working miracles on my acne in less than a week. I am a mature mother of 2 and my face has been breaking out with cyst like acne for the last few years. I tried everything (creams, oils, antibotics, etc) and then a friend told me to purchase FCLO….Amazing. i like the capsales and they are non gelatin. I even one capsule and put it directly on my skin overnight…it tingled but the next morning…I couldnt believe my glow. I do drink lots of water so the CLFO pills are plus for me!

  10. SeaBear

    Hi everyone. I have had acne since I was 14, but around 17, it became very severe. All over my face. I’ve tried everything from bc pills, to zinc, magnesium, A, B, and D vitamins, antibiotics, over the counter medications, expensive tv medications, diet experiments including cutting out grains, dairy, ALL sugar and junk food, ive tried drinking tons of water, washing with natural home remedies, had blood tests, and I’ve been to the dermatologist so many times. I’ve even been on retin A for 5 months now and NOTHING HAS WORKED. It ruins my life, has destroyed my self confidence, and limits me from soooo many things in life and has made me an introvert. It is so terribly exhausting, and when I say severe, I mean my face literally looks like a pizza :( I’ve been taking 6 capsules of the Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter mixture for the past 2 days or so and I haven’t noticed any changes except for 2 more underlying cysts on my face now. Any suggestions or stories to give me hope? At this point, I am flat out desperate. Every time I get happy about my skin looking even slightly better, it breaks out horribly. I try everything for at least a month, so I guess I’ll continue with the cod liver oil for now, but if anyone can give me hope or suggestions, i would appreciate it so much.