Tramadol & Acne

Tramadol is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. Although acne is not listed as a side effect of that Tramadol, all drugs can potentially affect acne-related hormones.

Please tell us about your experience with Tramadol. Be accurate and honest. Thanks.

19 Responses to “Tramadol & Acne”

  1. Donna 06. Nov, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    I started taking tramadol, where before i never had acne and now i have it all on my face but nowhere else… So yes i do think it can cause acne……i could be break out but looks like acne.

    • Cynthia 22. Nov, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      I have been taking Tramadol for about a year now for nerve pain. Since I started the Tramadol my skin has broken out severely throughout the past year. It seems the longer I stay on the medication the worst the breakouts get. It’s truly a shame because Tramadol has been the only medication to ease my neuropathy pain.

  2. Kevin 05. Jan, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    I am taking ten different types of mediaction for three medical problems and have been for over three years. Within the past six months I have started to experience spots on my face and particularly inside the nose. I have never suffered with acne as a youth and only experienced sports if I had a period of time when I ate an excess of chocolate. This is not a food of choice and I generally eat what is considered to be a healthy diet. Considering the above I am concerned that the medication I am taking is cintributing to the discomfort I am having with spots. Tramadol is one of the treatments I am on.

    • Sam 16. Feb, 2012 at 7:07 am #

      I have taken Tramadol FOUR TIMES in the past 5-6 days for tooth pain and my face has exploded with acne. I’m almost 25, I rarely get acne anymore and if I do its usually just hormonal and once a month. I have to assume that the Tramadol was the reason as nothing else has changed in the past week or so. I literally took it four times and the result was enormous. I have to assume if you are taking it regularly and recently broke out when you normally did not that there is some (pretty strong in my opinion) correlation.

    • SHANNON 05. Apr, 2012 at 1:36 pm #


  3. graeme 29. Feb, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    hi there……Im a 54yr old male and have “problem” skin………yes. still getting pimples at my age!! I have been taking 200mg Tramadol daily for the past week and I now have a serious “breakout” of acne on my nose……I can only presume it’s the Tramadol causing this. Bugger! Just when I thought I had finally got on top of my pain!

  4. tabby anne 14. Mar, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    my doctor just put me on tramadol yesterday afternoon and this morning i woke up with a spot on my chest. i don’t get acne except around that time of the month, and i certainly don’t get it on my body. it doesn’t appear poppable at all. i also got insane muscle twitches and couldn’t sleep all night.

  5. Joanie 04. Dec, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I am 71 years old and have been taking Tramadol for about 6 months now. I always had beautiful skin, but ever since I started taking Tramadol (40 mg) I’ve had breakouts of acne on my face. At my age I shouldn’t have acne. I do believe that Tramadol is the cause of this. What a bummer!

  6. Sonja 31. Jan, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Hi, I am 32 yrs old and took tramal for leg pain from a discprolaps and after one day I get the meanest acne on my chin. happened before my surgery and now some weeks later i took it again and it happened again.

    I must say that I had severe acne as a teenager and still get some at 32. I once tried to be off the pill, but 8 weeks later i looked like 16 again, so I am not actually acne free, but tramal really made it worse.

  7. Andrea 01. Oct, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    I have been suffering chronic pain for over a year now and finaly got something that actualy works! And suprisingly in a low dose (100MG) a day. But I normaly have great skin, people always complimented me on my nice skin. Since I have started Tramadol (a month ago) I have been through 4 different face washes trying to get ride of it. They are very deep pimples and most of the time not popable. I googled can tramadol give you acne and I ended up here. Guess I am not the only one thinking their is a corrilation. I am 29 years old. I am more conserned about my pain right now then the way I look so I will continue taking this. But Wish thier was something I could do. Thanks.

  8. sammy 02. Feb, 2014 at 4:51 am #

    I am 23 years old and have been taking Tramadol for 6 months now , since I started taking Tramadol I have not had clear skin .I now have big and little red spots and yellow heads appearing all over my face , as soon as some clear up , more appear . This has only been since I started tramadol

  9. Marsha Sinha 08. Feb, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I started taking tramadol and it helped with my pain but my face is so broke out as a child and as an adult I hardly ever broke out. Now my skin looks so bad and I can’t get it to Clare up. I don’t want the pain but I don’t want to look horrible either

  10. Inkheart 20. Mar, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    I would say yes, when I’m not taking the Tramadol my face is really clear but one I have to take it for a day or two my face explodes in pimples, it’s horrible.

  11. Angela 18. May, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Iv been taking Tramadol for about a year now..and Iv used to have beautiful skin.. Now my face is awful..I am almost done taking it and I won’t go back on it ever again!

  12. georgina 30. Jul, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Im a 21 year old female… I have had acne before but generally just on my face. I had a operation to remove a pinolidal sinus on Thursday last week, got given codeine for the pain. But as the pain got worse i got prescribed tramadol yesterday, ever since yesterday i woke up this morning with quite a lot of spots on my face and inbetween my breasts, and i cant seem to pop them.. Ive even tried a hot flannel, nothings working.. So i assume that tramadol does cause a break out of acne.

  13. Tiffany 04. Aug, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Anytime I use ultram my face breaks out like crazy. Too bad bc it’s a great pain reliever but makes my skin break out like I’m 16

  14. Josh 05. Aug, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    thought it was the prednisone i was on since it was a steroid, but was off of those pills.. then looking back and googling the other drugs they gave me for my herniated disk, i stumbled across this,, kinda did the math and figured out as soon as i started taking tramadol every day the acne gets worse and worse.. so i will stop taking it and go to just IB profen instead, that is if i can handle the pain i guess.. thanks everyone, i agree i think its the tramadol causing the breakout, started on my shoulders, and back, now starting on my face and chest.. im 28.. i get the occasional pimple here or there still, but not like this..

  15. Liz 04. Dec, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    I’ve suffered from chronic pain since I was 14. I am now almost 22 and finally decided to start taking pain medication because being a mom of a one year old and severe pain just don’t mix. Tramadol has been a life safer for me, 200 mg a day. But my face started breaking out in these HORRIBLE, LARGE and I guess you could say deep, pimples. Its been about two weeks. It’s terrible and I feel so insecure. Especially at work when I see hundreds to thousands of people every day. I can tell that they’re no longer just talking to me, but staring at my acne and how yucky it looks trying to hide it.
    What a shame.

  16. kieran hallett 11. Dec, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    I have been taking both tramadol and oramorph for the past week after a knee dislocation in the last 4 days my face has exploded with spots…normally spot free….will be going docs to see about swapping meds

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