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Does Chocolate Cause Pimples?

Does Chocolate Cause Pimples?

Myth or fact? Our Founder Sarah tells you all you need to know about the chocolate and pimples dilemma!

24 Dec 19

If you're a chocolate lover, you know what I'm talking about - that amazing, melt-in-your-mouth taste that just hits the spot. Chocolate has this magical combination of sugar, fat, and cocoa that creates a one-of-a-kind flavor and texture that so many people crave...and makes you wanting more.

It's very common though, to link a recent breakout to the "I've been eating a bit of chocolate". Let's have a look at what could be the reasons for this.

Does Chocolate cause breakouts?

Acne is a common skin condition that can occur at any age, but it is most prevalent among teenagers and young adults. It is caused by a combination of factors, including excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, and inflammation.

While there is limited evidence to suggest that certain foods can directly cause acne, studies have found that a diet high in sugar and unhealthy fats can contribute to the development and exacerbation of the condition.

  • Sugary treats like chocolate can cause a surge in blood sugar levels, prompting the release of insulin. This excess insulin can trigger the production of androgens, leading to increased oil production and blocked pores.
  • Additionally, foods high in unhealthy fats, like fried snacks, can escalate inflammation in the body, potentially worsening acne
  • For some, hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can further aggravate acne, especially when cravings for sweet treats kick in.
  • Overall, adopting a balanced diet rich in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein can promote healthy skin and lower the likelihood of acne breakouts.

Does the type of chocolate make a difference?

Milk and white chocolate contain more dairy, sugar, and other additives than dark chocolate. These ingredients may trigger hormonal changes and inflammation, particularly for individuals who are prone to acne. On the other hand, dark chocolate is known to have various health benefits not only for the cardiovascular system but also for the skin. Its high cocoa content contains two flavonoids, catechin, and procyanidin, which function as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help protect the body's cells from free radicals. Additionally, dark chocolate has higher concentrations of antioxidant flavonoids compared to milk and white chocolate.

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About the Author

My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With almost 20 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.

On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!

We offer complimentary Online Skin Consultations. If you need any advice about your skin or guidance around the Dermalogica products, please reach out to us.


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