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#EmmeApproved Acne Safe Protein Powders

by Emily Linehan on March 22, 2020

Did you know that your protein powder might be a huge trigger for your breakouts? It's true! Rest assured, I have a plethora of alternative options for you to consider!!

What most people don't know is that whey and casein (two of the more commonly used ingredients in protein powders) are primary contributors to causing acne. Both of these proteins are made from dairy which is a major acne trigger. The next most common protein source is soy, which is equally as triggering. If you suffer from acne, you will want to avoid these types of protein powder sources and search for alternatives that are plant based or non-dairy/non-soy options. 

It is also important to understand not all plant based protein powders are safe sure to double check them for "super greens", such as: spirulina, chlorella, algae, maca, kelp, seaweed, etc. Biotin is also an ingredient to look out for, as it is huge contributor to acne breakouts.

Below are a few options for acne safe protein powders that I recommend:

Now if you're someone who prefers protein bars, no need to fear --- I have recommendations for you as well!  You can either make your own at home using with my #EmmeApproved recipe, or you can explore any of the following:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Avoid any/all options containing peanuts/peanut butter. Trust me, your skin will thank you later. ;)

For those of you who are looking to take a stab at my homemade recipe (warning...these are addicting), instructions are as follows:

Emme Diane™ No-Bake Acne Safe Protein Bars


  • 1 cup of almond, coconut, cashew or oat milk (original; unsweetened...make sure it doesn't contain carrageenan)
  • 3 scoops of your favorite acne safe protein powder (chocolate, vanilla or any flavor you choose!)
  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of natural almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of dark-chocolate chips or dried cranberries or coconut chips or  any other ingredient you can think of (no peanuts/peanut butter).


Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl. Then add your almond this point I knead the mixture with my hands to combine to a crumbly consistency. Next, add the liquid slowly and knead/mix until combined (keep in mind you may not use all the liquid depending on how absorbent your protein powder is, but it will be sticky). Spread evenly into bottom of greased casserole dish and place in the fridge for about an hour. When you're ready to eat, cut into bar-sized pieces. Warning: they are a little gooey!

You can make many variations with this recipe. The sky's the limit!



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