In response to JohnH,
LOL this is one of the areas where my expertise lies my friend.
1) Whey protein is the single most bioavailable protein there is. END OF STORY. This is a medical fact. All natural proteins are almost identical in makeup and function, the only difference is how much of the protein you ingest is actually absorbed by the body. This is what a protein's bioavailability is.
2) Some of the proteins mentioned, specifically any plant based proteins, are far less superior to whey for one reason. THEY ARE NOT COMPLETE PROTEINS. Plant derived proteins are not considered "complete" because they all lack a few amino acids; which ones are missing depends on the plant. Now, if you combine say bean protein and rice protein, those will provide a complete protein. But for the OP to do the research and find the complete protein pairings would be very time consuming and is very bad advice. Whey is a milk based, therefore animal sources protein. Whey protein and the protein in meats is considered "complete" as it contains all the necessary amino acids.
3) The highly inflammatory stuff is a load of crap. I'm not even going to go into this one because I'm going to work. OP, do your own research on this.
4) If you expect to put on muscle, you WILL increase you testosterone, IGF-1, growth hormone, and cholesterol. All of these can potentially contribute to acne, and I believe the OP knows this.
This is why I rarely come here anymore. Anyone can act like an expert on this site; I try to give a guy scientifically proven advice and what has worked for me for 10 years as an athlete but someone who likely doesn't play sports (at least at a high school or collegiate level) wants to tell me otherwise and asks if I "even read the original post."
Try to maintain a more courteous tone bud, we all have different things to offer on this website and unless your 100% positive on something, don't imply it is fact. We want to share our knowledge here; that's the real strength of this website.
Not trying to hijack the OP's thread, but I just wanted to say I think you may have misunderstood my point. I should have been more clear.
I completely agree with you that whey protein is the most bioavailable, most complete protein, and is the best protein for gaining weight and building muscle. When I talked about the "superior" alternatives, I meant in reference to overall health and the OP's primary concern being maintaining clear skin. If the OP had simply said he wanted to gain weight and didn't care about how it affected his acne, I would have absolutely 100% suggested whey protein. In fact, back when I didn't care much about my skin and health and was going to the gym and trying to gain weight, I was taking in massive amounts of whey protein daily. Since dairy is inflammatory, and whey protein is basically concentrated milk, I suggested an anti-inflammatory alternative like hemp protein, which also happens to be a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids.
The only reason I replied to the OP and to you the way I did is because the OP clearly stated his main concern was maintaining his clear skin, and then went on to say "dairy breaks me out so i wont take a risk with whey protein." Again, had his primary concern been simply putting on some pounds, I would gladly support whey protein and inflammatory, calorie dense foods.
I meant no disrespect. Admittedly, I guess I overreacted a bit because your post just seemed to indicate that you didn't read the OP or any of his subsequent posts saying he didn't want anything that would exacerbate his acne and didn't want to try whey. I just know firsthand how important it is sometimes to want to do everything possible to keep your clear skin, which can be tricky when incorporating new foods or supplements into your diet. But in the interest of full disclosure, I was a high school and collegiate tennis player and currently work out and exercise 6 days a week with 8% body fat.
OP, in short, whey protein is the best for gaining weight, but will likely aggravate your acne. Keep in mind people react differently to different things, so it may be worth a try if you're into the idea. Hemp is also a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids. It is anti-inflammatory and, as such, will likely help acne.
Good luck, let us know what you ultimately end up trying and how it turns out.
Edited by JohnH, 19 June 2013 - 10:43 PM.