Does chocolate cause acne?


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Every now and then I like to indulge in a candy bar to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings. But every time I finish a Hershey's chocolate bar, I can't help but think to myself 'Am I gonna break out from this?' When I was younger, my older sister always told me to watch out how much I ate for acne was going to appear. So it makes me wonder, is this myth true? 

After researching a few articles, it is in fact false. There has been no major studies that show that chocolate is a direct source for causing acne. However, Dr. Ava Shamban, and Los Angeles dermatologists says that "high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body." (Huffington PostBy eating a lot of sugary foods, it can cause hormonal changes in the body. These changes can effect people who are prone to acne in the worse way. However, everyone's bodies react differently. Which means that there can be other reasons why we break out, we just happen to notice it after eating chocolate. 

In the Huffington Post article, Dr. Shaman also points out that if you do eat chocolate be careful of which kind you eat. The usual chocolate bar that is sold in a store is made with milk chocolate. Milk chocolate has more sugar and dairy products than dark chocolate. A single cup of milk chocolate chips is 899 calories with 87 grams of sugar. (Nutrition Facts) It's no wonder that we blame chocolate for all we see are the nutritional facts and the acne on our faces. But having a poor diet effects your body in general; not just your face. 

Seeing that there is no actual direct proof that chocolate causes acne, we shouldn't have as big as a concern about it. Instead we should be concern about what sugary snacks do to our body in general. If craving for a sweet treat and desperately want chocolate, try dark chocolate! It doesn't have as much sugar added to it and can actually have some health benefits.


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Michele,
This is a topic that many people hold near and dear to our hearts; CHOCOLATE! Your point about dark chocolate and how it is healthier for you compared to milk chocolate caused me to think about the rumor that dark chocolate is also good for your heart. The link below provides proof that not only is it good for blood flow to your heart, but also to your brain. Dark chocolate is also good for your blood sugar because of its aid in your blood flow. It is "full of antioxidants, theobromine, and vitamins and minerals". But before you go on an all dark chocolate diet you must recall that its downside is that its high in fat.

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate.html#b

In the least savage way, this article really made me crave chocolate!!! And that picture doesn't help at all, haha. On a more serious note, I've heard that chocolate causes acne multiple times too, but I think the only real concern is the sugar factor in it. So, if we can get your hands on chocolate with less sugar in it, we're golden! Great post!

You are never going to believe this, but I do not like chocolate. So I actually do not care if chocolate causes acne or not. One thing I do know is that eating unhealthy things can effect your health especially your skin. It makes complete sense to me that not chocolate itself is causing the acne, but maybe someones diet including the chocolate. Just like we talked in class, there can be that "z" variable going along with it.

You are never going to believe this, but I do not like chocolate. So I actually do not care if chocolate causes acne or not. One thing I do know is that eating unhealthy things can effect your health especially your skin. It makes complete sense to me that not chocolate itself is causing the acne, but maybe someones diet including the chocolate. Just like we talked in class, there can be that "z" variable going along with it.

I'm not a big fan of chocolate either, like Karly. I occasionally eat brownies and kit-kat bars or snickers but I don't like plain chocolate. As I wrote that I was thinking well technically that is chocolate...does the rumor mean that only plain Hershey bars and chocolate chips cause acne...but regardless, and good for me, the rumor is false! Here are a couple of actual causes of acne from MedicineNet: http://www.medicinenet.com/acne/article.htm#what_causes_acne

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