Chocolate vs Acne


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Chocolate chip cookies from West's Waring Commons are so GOOD.  It tastes so much like a piece of heaven, it makes you feel a little scandalous for having access to it and it gushy goodness.  But every time I have a few, a couple days later I see a dreaded PIMPLE.

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Could chocolate possibly tastes so good, and be so bad for your skin? Or is it something else?  I'd love to keep my chocolate chip cookies, but whatever the cause, it has got to go. 

Acne is a small lesion on the skin caused by bacteria infecting oil glands on the skin.  According to Mayo Clinic, acne is triggered by your diet.  Dietary foods include bread, chips and other carb foods that have a lot of sugar. 
Although, chocolate intake does not affect acne.  According to Acne-Resource, nutritionists say that the fact that chocolate boosts serotonin, it actually calms the body and adversely working against stress and helps acne.  So what about my chocolate diet says?

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Chocolate contains "sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, vegetable oils, lecithin, dextrose, lactose, maybe some nuts, flavoring, and of course cocoa powder."  Seemingly containing all the dietary foods that are found in a diet that triggers  acne.

Chocolate Diet
WedMD did a quick experiment of 10 men who were diagnosed with acne, all averaging about 3 pimples.  They ate chocolate, in as much as they wanted, and then proceeded with a regular (non-chocolate) diet throughout the week.  By the end of the FOURTH day, they had an average of 13 pimples!

The debate of chocolate vs. acne continues, but the lesson to take from this is maybe "too much of one thing, is good for nothing."  Show some moderation for those delicious West cookies.


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One thing about acne that I have (somewhat) controlled throughout my dreaded puberty years is touching. Don't ever touch your face, or rub it. Don't pop your pimple or scrape it. Also, it is never the greasy food that causes acne, it is when the greasy food gets on your face. Also, daily exercise is known to help control acne. Stress, as you mentioned, is also something that increases acne. I can understand how eating chocolate on occasion can control your stress, and therefore help control your acne. Also, 1 tip (not proven) that has worked for me is to stick with the same facial cleanser you have always used. I once switched to another brand, and then my face broke out!

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