What is Whey Protein?
Whey is the protein powder that many people add to their diets to build and repair muscle. It’s found in many protein bars, health shakes, and even cheese. Whey is low in lactose content making it easier for the stomach to tolerate. And, it contains all 9 essential amino acids making Whey a complete protein.
Cow’s milk contains caseins and whey, when milk is curdled and strained it separates out a liquid called Whey. Whey is then added to protein powders and commonly sold as a health supplement.
The link between whey protein and acne
Whey protein, among many other milk products, can increase hormone levels within our bodies that encourage muscle growth. The downside is, it also increases the production of sebum (oil). Your sebaceous glands begin to enlarge and make more sebum, this can clog pores and cause breakouts. Basically, it’s puberty all over again.
Consuming high doses of Whey
If you workout and drink shakes to meet your daily protein intake you should be aware of the side effects. It is true that Whey protein is excellent for muscle repair, but in a recent study, it’s been found to increase insulin levels.
Increasing insulin levels is especially bad for acne and here’s why.
When insulin increases from carbohydrates and/or high doses of Whey protein, it can cause your androgen levels to rise and become more active. This triggers the production of more sebum (oil), and forces skin cells to grow even faster which can lead to inflammation, and the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes caused by colonization of hair follicles.
This doesn’t mean you have to stop taking protein powder.
There are a lot of great powders out there for muscle recovery. A personal favorite is “Pea Protein”, its excellent for muscle recovery and easy on the digestive system.
If you continue to use Whey, we recommend it’s mixed with other proteins such as rice, peas, pumpkin, hemp, or all of them. If you’re vegan, pea protein is a great substitute that can be used instead of Whey.
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