The Truth about Protein Supplements and Acne.

More than 90% of my new clients dont realize that protein powders, as well as protein bars can bedetrimental in achieving acne free skin. Protein is a tricky subject because the supplement is considered to be highly beneficial for most people, but a lot of protein supplements will actually cause breakouts. 

As someone who suffers from acne it is important to stay away from both, whey protein and soy protein. Whey protein is one of two main ingredients in milk and essentially considered to be dairy. Dairy is a huge no no for acne sufferers, therefore - whey is also a no. Whey also contains IGF-1, which causes your skin to produce excess oil, shed skin cells at a quicker rate &glue dead skin cells together inside your pores before they can escape normally. Soy protein can increase estrogen levels in males and females and should be avoided as more estrogen is never good while trying to keep your skin clear.

While protein supplements are popular, and in fact beneficial to most athletes or anyone that desires more daily protein intake - it is crucial for acne sufferers to stay away from soy and whey protein all together.

Luckily, for those of you who are still interested in the benefits of protein, there are a few new options.
safe protein powder for acne

Sunwarrior Classic Protein - is a vegan plant based protein powder that contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. Unlike most whey and soy based protein powders, this one is dairy-free as well as soy-free.It will not trigger acne.




The truth about acne and protein suppliments
Trader Joes Hemp Protein - Another handy protein powder that is fine for acne sufferers to use.


Whey and Soy Protein

Jay Robb Egg White Protein This product was safe for acne prone skin until the recipe recently changed. Now, it contains biotin and iodides and shouldn't be used by those of us that suffer with acne.


Unfortunately recipes and ingredients change quite often in acne safe products. See Why you should check ingredients in your cosmetics to learn more about the lack of restrictions on product ingredients.

One of the biggest benefits of working with an acne specialists is knowledge on products like this. As an acne specialist, I have the knowledge to steer by clients away from potential products, foods and makeup that may contain ingredients that will potentially make their acne worse or halt the acne clearing process.   

Skintherapy Skincare and Acne Clinic in Salt Lake City will personally guide you through your acne clearing journey,  visit us at



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