This Supplement May Give You Bad Acne

If you’re a bodybuilder or lift weights occasionally, supplementation is most likely in your diet.

With that said, there’s been myths going around claiming some of these supplements can cause acne inflamed skin.

Is it true?

You bet it is. But before we go into depth of which supplements trigger acne, let’s briefly talk about what acne is and how it’s formed in our bodies.

Acne 101

What is acne?

It’s unattractive and annoying. It’s definitely a disorder that we would all like to prevent. So what is it?

Dirt clogged skin pores

Individuals that are not acne prone will shed skin once a day. On the other hand, acne prone individuals will shed anywhere between 3-5 times a day which results in clogged pores.

Clogged up pores are filled with dead skin cells and oil which is the perfect recipe for breakouts and bad skin.

Although we can help prevent acne triggers through our diet,  acne is ultimately based off genetics and hormone imbalances.

Alright enough talking about what Acne is, let’s get straight to the supplements.

Whey Protein

Believe it or not, whey protein is a supplement that triggers acne in acne prone individuals.

How?

Due to it’s dairy properties, whey protein will signal and aggravate acne by enhancing insulin. Consuming any dairy product can increase iodide levels in our bodies, hence further aggravating acne.

Solution

Yeah it’s sad that you may need to sacrifice clear skin for gains. But there’s an effective alternative to Whey protein.

The best way to avoid breakouts is to use a plant based protein.

Plant based protein vs Whey

Plant based proteins contain zero dairy and can provide gains via pea, brown rice, organic chia seed, and organic hemp protein. Each plant based protein provides a slightly different formula.

Top 2 Best Plant Based Protein Brands

1. Orgain Organic Protein

This protein is one of our all time favorites. Out of all the vegan proteins, Orgain stood out from the rest. The only downside to this protein is that it will require 2 scoops (servings) to yield 21 grams of protein. If you’re working out everyday, be prepared to go through this protein quick!

Taste

The taste is definitely bearable and slightly chalky. However, the chalky characteristics is given with any plant based protein. Definitely appreciate the variety of flavors Orgain has to offer.

  • Creamy Chocolate
  • Sweet Vanilla Bean
  • Matcha Green Tea
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mocha iced (Sold in individual smaller packs)

Mix-ability

We found that Orgain protein is easily mixed in a blender bottle without the shaker ball. The consistency of the drink is smooth with little to no clumping.

Price

This protein is priced pretty competitively. It’ll set you back about $25 depending on which size you purchase.

Amazon Reviews

  • Positive
    • “I like the taste, compared to other powders I have tried. It is not a DQ shake, but for a vegan protein shake it is good.
    • “For the price you really can’t go wrong. Good, smooth flavor.
  • Negative
    • “This product was too sweet even with using half the amount in my shake. It gave me an upset stomach. I was looking for a plant based protein but this is not for me.
    • asted great the first couple times I purchased it, but the most recent purchase tastes like chalk. Won’t be buying again.

2. Vega Sport Protein Powder, Vanilla, 1.83 lb, 20 Servings

If the amount of protein per serving is a concern to you, Vega Sport may be your best option. With one serving you’ll benefit with a whopping 30 grams of protein. Orgain can’t compare.

Taste

I actually like the taste of Vega, but some may disagree. If you’re completely new to vegan protein, it may take a few drinks to get used to. However, to compare this with Orgain, I would prefer Orgain.

  • Mocha
  • Vanilla
  • Berry
  • Chocolate

Mix-ability

We found that Vega protein requires more effort in mixing. Without a blender ball or equivalent, you’ll be drinking chunks of protein. Probably the number 1 downside to this protein.

Orgain wins here.

Price

The price of this protein is a bit steep. For 20 servings, you’ll be spending $36.80.

Amazon Reviews

  • Positive
    • “In terms of flavor, I have tried all 3 (mocha, chocolate, vanilla) and they all taste like artifical flavoring and stevia – which most people will enjoy.”
    • “I absolutely LOVE this protein powder. I’ve found the best way to consume it is with 10 ounces of ice-cold water to one scoop.
  • Negative
    • What I imagine clay would taste like. It’s tolerable and I wanted to like it …
    • Yuck is all I can say. One scoop in my vegan smoothie and I about threw up. Berry flavor is so fake. I need a tasteless vegan protein powder and this isn’t it.

Wrap up

If you’ve been suffering from acne due to the consumption of supplements, the first one to drop is Whey. With its dairy characteristics, it is more than likely it’ll trigger unwanted acne.

However, if you don’t care about clear skin I would highly suggest to stick with Whey protein. Whey protein has amino properties that optimally builds lean muscle faster than Vegan protein.