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Does protein make acne worse?

Powdered protein can be problematic for your skin Avoid high protein shakes, cheese and milk Prioritise a balanced diet of fruit and vegetables

Sadly, a simple question, does not always have a simple answer. Luckily, we’ve asked expert dermatologist Dr. Haus of London’s Harley Street to give us the lowdown on protein and acne. Will a high protein diet interfere with your skin? In all likelihood, it will, but which protein is the one to watch out for?

Which type of protein makes acne prone skin worse?

Surely it’s hard to know your good protein from your bad protein? Dr Haus admits “Powdered protein can be problematic. Whey protein powder contains the hormone IGF-1 which tends to cause skin to produce excess oil and clogs pores.” Usually recommended for gaining muscle and losing body fat, whey protein is really the liquid part of milk that separates during cheese production.

 Which protein food rich foods should I be avoiding?

It’s important to uphold a balanced diet by consuming every food group in healthy amounts, protein included. Most significantly, cutting down on whey by avoiding consumption of artificial, high-protein shakes could help to improve your skin.

What is safe to add to my diet, to help with acne?

Go back to basic. A balanced diet of fruit and vegetables is beneficial when suffering from acne. “Incorporate a range of vegetables, as well as brown rice and fish into your evening meals. Then for dessert eat an apple or two!” recommends Dr Haus.  


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