Hey, bodybuilders — if you’re suffering from acne, we’ve got some clear-skin tips for you.
First, are you taking whey protein? If you are, that could be a big trigger of your acne breakouts. Recent studies prove that whey protein can make acne worse. Why?
A lot popular whey proteins contain casein, which is a dairy protein. This protein’s known to make acne worse (And sidenote: It may cause undesired side effects in people with lactose intolerance, too). A great alternative to whey protein is pea protein — it’ll give you both a pre-workout energy boost and improve your post-workout muscle recovery. Pea protein also has a complete array of amino acids, including high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Peas are also free of both animal and soy proteins, and so they’re super ideal for vegetarians with soy allergies (learn more about soy and acne here).
Besides switching your whey protein to pea protein, here are more tips to help you fight acne when you’re working out.
First, be careful about wearing too-tight clothes at the gym — they keep all the sweat in and rub against your skin, which causes breakouts. Wear breathable clothing that’ll wick away sweat instead.
Another tip: Always shower immediately after exercising! When you work out, your skin heats up and your perspiration provides optimal growing conditions for bacteria. So. Gross! Staying in your sweaty clothes can irritate your skin and trigger body acne. If you can’t shower right after you work out, at least use a baby wipe on most of your body and a cleansing wipe on your face to get most of the sweat off.
Always remember to drink plenty of water, too — you should drink water as soon as you wake up and continue drinking at least eight more cups of it throughout the day. Drinking water is an awesome and super-simple way to keep your skin looking its best!