It’s time for another reader’s question post. This time it’s all about how to remain clear while bodybuilding.
After i lost all my confidence and i couldnt look at myself, so i went to the skin doctor. I got creams – they didnt have – then i got antibiotics, for 2 months – it cleared it a little bit but it didnt help either. After all this the doctor decided to do a isotretinoin (ciscutan) therapy for 6months. Here i\’m 6months later of every day 20mg dosage, it\’s pretty much perfect. My skin is clear, i feel good again and it\’s great.
However i\’m currently bulking and i find it hard to consume around 3500-4000 kcal a day (400g c 200p 150g f) so i\’m kinda back to my protein shakes.
I\’ve been looking thru your videos on youtube and reading on your weblogs about acne and training. I did my own research aswell and as far as i can see, you can get acne when the hormones increase, how you explained igt1 > serum > acne.
I\’m wondering now what can i take? What i can\’t? I currently have a weight gainer but i\’m not \”stupid\” and i dont replace my meal, i just use a very low dosage of 100gram (75g carbs 15g protein) right after training. Thinking of adding creatine after my workout with this shake for the insuline spike, this 100g gainer – 75g carbs 15g protein 5g creatine (after the loading phase).
About the vitamins, i try not to overtake em. This 100h of gainer has b2 0.2mg b6 0.2mg b12 0.1mcg and some other vitamins.
I would really be so thankful for the answer, coz most of the doctor just say \”don\’t take it it might increase acne without any explaining).
Let’s start by stating that clear skin and fast muscle growth are somewhat opposing goals, because the hormones that increase muscle growth also make it more likely you’ll get acne. So the best we can do is to try to balance those two goals.
Here’s what I would do in your situation:
- If you want to use protein powders make sure they are not whey or casein protein. There’s no scientific data to say which protein powder is the best for acne-prone skin, but there’s data to show whey is really bad and anecdotal reports people saying their skin got better after switching to soy or some other alternative protein.
- I would eat far fewer carbohydrates and more fat. Your current diet of 400g per day is going to put a massive insulin load on your body. There’s data to show guys with adult acne are insulin resistant, i.e. trouble processing carbs. Of course I can’t say that you are insulin resistant, but I would treat any guy with adult acne as a possible case of insulin resistance.
- I don’t know about the insulin dynamics in muscle growth, like do you need consistently high insulin level or is it enough to spike insulin right after work out. But if you want to spike your insulin, then I would do it right after a workout and try to maintain steady levels throughout the rest of the day. So have your carbs right before and after a workout and focus on fat and protein the rest of the day.
- Aside from protein and creatine, I would avoid all the other bodybuilding supplements. The effect of most bodybuilding supplements is moderate at best. I’m not sure whether the few % increase in bodybuilding results you may get from creatine and BCAAs is worth increased risk of acne?
I would start with that. If you notice you start getting acne, then you can try some of the topical treatments I’ve written before. Acne-prone skin reacts to hormones differently than normal skin and that causes excess oil production and other problems. Accutane, at least to some degree, corrects these abnormalities, but you can never be sure if the effects are permanent or fade away in time. If they do fade away there are topical treatments that can help, even something as crazy as Botox.