Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has become a very popular product in Western countries. Many people use kratom regularly to treat various health problems. But kratom can also have some unpleasant side effects. Could acne be one of them? Does kratom cause acne? Even though there hasn’t been any scientific research on kratom and acne, that doesn’t mean it’s unrelated. We will try to discuss whether kratom can actually cause acne or not.
Kratom is a tropical tree in the coffee family that has gained popularity (and controversy) thanks to its various effects. The leaves contain a large number of alkaloids and other compounds (including the alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine) that activate receptors in your brain. As a result, these receptors give commands to your brain to relieve pain, relax, or improve mood. In fact, the effects of kratom can also be felt as analgesia, relaxation, stimulation, or euphoria. That’s why so many people use kratom because it helps them deal with many health problems.
Common Side Effects of Kratom
You will hardly find acne in a list of kratom side effects, even if these side effects do not affect all users equally. Every person is different, so whereas some users report to experience the side effects of kratom often, others claim they have never experienced any of them. In any case, the side effects of kratom are commonly the result of large doses and very frequent use of kratom.
What are the side effects of kratom that users experience most often?
- Headache and Migraine
- Eye wobbles
The best way to avoid these unpleasant side effects is by following these simple tips: be careful with your dosage, do not take kratom every day, and change kratom strains regularly. These tips will also help you avoid kratom tolerance, which occurs when your body gets so accustomed to the alkaloids of kratom to feel their effects. Kratom tolerance is not uncommon at all. In fact, it is an issue that happens very often.
In fact, there is not much research on kratom and most of them focus on the analgesic and anxiolytic effects of the plant. So far, acne has not been a priority for kratom research. However, that doesn’t mean there is no link between acne and kratom.
Some kratom users report acne outbreaks soon after they start using kratom. Some other users think that this acne can be caused by other factors, such as the use of certain drugs or the process of reducing some drugs. But again, that’s all just speculation. So, does kratom cause acne? We don’t know.
If you notice acne breakouts the moment you start using kratom, knowing if kratom is causing you acne is quite easy. The trick is to simply stop using kratom for a moment until your pimples disappear. Then, reuse the kratom and wait a few moments to make sure the pimples don’t come back. If the pimples come back, then you can be sure that kratom is causing acne for you.
Before stopping kratom use, you should consider whether acne is a “bearable” side effect or not. Do the benefits you get from kratom outweigh acne? If you decide to continue with kratom despite acne, there are some things you can do to relieve its symptoms. Look for skin products that can help you relieve acne and its symptoms. You may even consider following an anti-acne diet. And visit your dermatologist to get treatment for your acne.