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    Whey protein/acne correlation?

    is there any evidence to support the idea that consuming whey protein has something to do with triggering acne?

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    Nope - never heard of it.

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    the reason i ask is, ever since i started working out really hard, i started to get acne. my diet has changed a lot for the better over the last 4 years of working out and the only consistent thing was whey protein. ive changed pretty much everything in my diet i cant seem to figure out what is causing it. im 21, been lifting for about 4 years. 5.8" at 155 pounds lean, prior to the 4yrs i had a flawless complexion and i was skinny, 115 pounds.

    my diet is extremely clean. absolutely no junk food ever in the last year, no fast food, no candy, alcohol, smoking, drugs, etc. family has no history of acne.

    my doctor prescribed antibiotics for this problem that ive taken for 3 months already, along with topical antibiotics. it seemed to have helped a lot, other than screwing up my whole digestive system. i supplemented with probiotics for a month and a half now, which has helped with side effects.

    i just finished the antibiotics (tetracycline) about a week ago, and im starting to get more acne again...

    the doc said its because of a hormonal imbalance, causing bacterial infection... but what do docs really know, other than prescribing pharmaceuticals that they get benefits from and performing surgery...

    if that cause IS true, is it possible that working out so hard every week causes that imbalance? (testosterone increase etc.) the only thing i can think of that caused this was taking a couple bottles of tribulus a year and a half ago.

    any help/opinions greatly appreciated, thanks.

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    I have a 2 word answer for you

    Increased Testosterone

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    I don't think it has anything to do with your diet or training. Doesn't make sense. Maybe you have adult onset acne, or whatever it's called and it was just time. If I were you I would never take a single thing the dermologist gives you. Unless you want to have happen to you what happend to me, and have your face a different pigment than the rest of your body, and have your face always dry due to the shit I plasterd all over my face for years. Whatever you do though, never ever let a dermotologist tell you clear light is any good. I did that shit, and believe it or not ended up with a little more acne at the end of the treatment. It was a huge waste of $$

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    Diets higher in fat can cause acne flair ups....but training and increased test can as well. Think of it as an indicator that you're doing something right Increased diary intake....especially supermarket stuff can contribute to acne.

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    thanks for the replies and PM's (steele)

    gordo - my diet is limited in fat, basically very low except fish oil caps and from the usual meat (steak) and i dont drink milk

    jodi - thats the only reasonable explanation, however, i guess theres no way to help it now? if thats the reason, how ironic that its the cost of vanity (bodybuilding)... maybe i just have to ride it out?

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    Fat isn't going to cause acne - it's a myth.

    You need a good face cleaner and moisturizer. If your acne is more than a pimple or 2 I'd suggest getting Proactive. Try that for a month or 2 to help clear it up then see if you can go with your average cleaner and moisturizer.

    Dont' forget to moisturize. Most people make that mistake because they thinkk it's gonna cause more pimple when in fact its the opposite. Dry skin is a bigger culpruit for causing zits and a clean and moisturized face is going to help avoid zits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi
    Fat isn't going to cause acne - it's a myth.

    You need a good face cleaner and moisturizer. If your acne is more than a pimple or 2 I'd suggest getting Proactive. Try that for a month or 2 to help clear it up then see if you can go with your average cleaner and moisturizer.

    Dont' forget to moisturize. Most people make that mistake because they thinkk it's gonna cause more pimple when in fact its the opposite. Dry skin is a bigger culpruit for causing zits and a clean and moisturized face is going to help avoid zits.
    thanks jodi. i was just replying to gordo about the fat thing. i never thought it had an effect on it, but i was just stating that part of my diet. i used proactive when i was about 15, it worked fine but expensive as hell. the type of acne i have isnt like "pizza face" all over, its more like huge ones here and there that are more cyst like. and yes i agree with you on the moisturizing.

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    Fat doesn't cause acne. I've been on a medical treatment with Accutane (the best medication agaisnt acne) and the doctors told me there's no evidence to support those claims that fat causes acne. One of the doctors said that fat can cause acne same way can cause it, sugar, water, etc... Lol!

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    Three reasons I can think of :
    1) increased testosterone.
    2) your training is increasing the level of something in your blood that is causing your skin to break out (ideas anyone)
    3) general sweatyness

    I had appaling acne as a teenager, and I still have a little now (I'm 38). Every so often it flares up for a few months, then it goes away for a few months. Never seen a particular pattern.

    I find that regular cleansing with a very mild antibacterial, followed by moisturising keeps it clear. If I use soap or anything harsh, my skin gets greasier and the acne gets worse.

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    greenman, what kind of cleanser do you use?

    generally i dont sweat THAT much during training surprisingly, just from my head. the spots that i get the break outs are weird, tip of my nose, eyebrows, on the side of my jaws. there seems to be a definite pattern to where they appear, always on the exact same spot on both sides of my face.

    im leaning towards the increased testosterone theory because nothing else makes sense. so i guess the only thing i could do is to stop training? i dont touch my face a lot or anything and it doesnt get dirty. i drink a lot of water during the day (usually 3 litres or more plus other drinks) so i dont know if that will help if its something in my blood.

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    I use a home made cleanser with rosemary. Take a large sprig of fresh rosemary & place in a blender with about half a pint of water, and whizz up until the rosemary is reduced to tiny pieces. Transfer to a small saucepan, bring to the boil, then keep it hot for about half an hour. It doesn't need to boil - just stay hot to infuse. Strain & decant to a plastic bottle. Rosemary is a natural astringent & antibacterial.

    Testosterone is a highly likely reason, but training may not be the main cause. How old are you ?

    If you stop training, you might just end up fat & spotty instead of muscular & spotty.

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    interesting concoction. im 21 yrs old. my brief life story is in my second post in this thread. if i stop training i wont get fat, i'll just lose all my muscle and be really skinny but yea, its a tough decision to make or even try. ive worked too hard, spent too much time, effort and money. im never taking tribulus again...

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    as jodi said, you could try proactive. that works really well for me, havent seen as good results from anythign else. the theory is basically that it keeps your skin moisturized and applies medicine. that way, your skin doesnt get irritated more by drying it out excessively. worth a try if you ask me.

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