It's funny, I had the opposite experience. I grew up in a vegetarian household, and didn't really eat meat until I went to university and met my husband. Once we moved in together and I started eating meat almost every day, I found my skin was blotchy and super pimply. I also noticed changes in my hair (coarser and oilier) and in my energy level. I think that any time you make a major dietary change like that, there can potentially be some effects on your body - everyone's metabolism is different, and some people probably just weren't meant to eat either meat-heavy (me) or meat-less (my husband) diets. I think it's less about protein per se than about a different nutritional make-up in a larger sense - different fats, different proteins and different metabolic pathways required to break them down and use them. At the very least, making a dramatic transition quickly (like I did) probably doesn't do your body any favours in terms of adjusting.
We tried to convert to vegetarianism as a household a few years ago, but my husband just really doesn't do well without meat - cranky, lethargic, and... pimply! That's where the whole 'flexitarian' thing has become a lifesaver. 4/7 days we eat veggie, with meaty meals on alternate days, and I usually only take a half or quarter portion of the meat.
One thing that really helped my husband with his skin woes at the time was to get a lot of water, drink hot water with lemon a couple of times a day, take a Vitamin E supplement, and wash his face only at night and not in the morning. Cutting meat out of your diet gets rid of a lot of the lipids your body would ordinarily turn into sebaceous oils and replaces it with plant oils, which tend to be absorbed directly, so your breakouts may actually be caused by the skin on your face not getting enough natural moisture. A good hydrating moisturizer could help - I use good quality extra virgin olive oil on a cotton pad with a bit of water. Sounds weird but works.
I hope you'll find something that works for you!
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