Updated May, 2018 with THE GOOD list!

For those of you who work out religiously and are looking for high-quality protein sources, bars and smoothies are quick and easy. Be careful that yours don’t contain spirulina, kelp, peanuts, whey protein, soy protein, or added sugar. Consider switching to Egg White or Hemp protein instead–these are higher-quality proteins and do not aggravate acne.


Avoid sports drinks/bars containing iodized salt, whey (which is dervied from cow’s milk), kelp, spirulina, chlorella and peanuts. Whatever you do, don’t drink Gatorade! It is the worst combination of high-fructose corn syrup and iodized salt that will certainly break you out post-workout. Pickle juice and chocolate milk are often used to increase sports performance but the iodized salt, cow’s milk, and sugar will also flare up your acne.


DISCLAIMER: Protein powder and protein bar companies change their ingredients so often we can’t always keep up, and only find out when a client starts breaking out, so the “approved” products listed below may no longer be safe. Always check the ingredient lists on any products you put on your skin against the Food and Supplements List to ensure the products you are drinking or eating are still safe for acne. And please let us know if you come across any products that are no longer approved. Our acne community thanks you for your input!

While a product may have been approved in the past, it may no longer be approved because:

  • A new pore-clogging ingredient has come to our attention
  • Our large and active client base begins to have problems with certain products or ingredients
  • Manufacturers change their formulas
  • Sources we previously used to check ingredient lists turned out to be incorrect
  • Just because one product in a line is approved it does not mean the entire line is approved
  • Just because one product is approved it does not mean the matching product(s) are

For all of our recommended supplements, check out these hand-picked by our clinic staff:

Protein Powders

  • (CLINIC FAVORITE!) Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 (70% Protein)
  • Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder, Organic, (50% Protein)
  • PaleoPro Paleo Protein Powder
  • Vega Clean Protein Powder, Vanilla
  • Vega Clean Protein Powder, Chocolate
  • Vega Clean Energy Electrolytes, Berry Infusion
  • MRM all Natural Egg White Protein
  • Sunwarrior Warrior Blend, Raw, Plant-Based Protein, Vanilla

Protein Bars

  • LaraBars without peanuts (apple, banana, blueberry, cashew cookie, cherry, chocolate coconut, coconut cream, gingersnap, key lime, lemon, pecan, carrot cake, tropical fruit, and all ALT and Jocular bars)
  • Probar Base Protein Bar, Cookie Dough
  • HEALTH WARRIOR Chia Bars, Coconut, Gluten Free
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry KIND Bars
  • Vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bar -Berry

Hydrating Drinks

  • NUUN hydration tablets

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