Does Chocolate Give You Acne?


BBC News Magazine recently asked does chocolate give you spots?

The feature looks at both side of the argument- whether the accusation is myth or matter of fact- erring on the side of caution by concluding that actually the issue is one of continued scientific debate.

“We’re not really sure if diet can cause these acne flares or maybe they just make them more severe,” says Jennifer Burris, author of a new review paper published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

She adds, “Some chocolate bars are high in saturated fat or partially hydrogenated fats – trans fats – which may increase inflammation, possibly contributing to inflammatory acne.” The theory has not yet been proved.

In the free Courthouse Clinics eBook ACNE: a comprehensive guide to identifying, treating, and generally showing spots who the boss is we take a more practical approach: chocolate might not directly give you spots, but what we definitely know is that it doesn’t help.

It’s common sense, really. If the skin is the body’s largest organ you have to treat it with the respect you show the rest of yourself. Shoveling down too much processed sugar has ramifications for our blood pressure, kidneys, liver and produces a lot of acid in the stomach. Of course, then, that will affect your skin, too.

The best complexions stem from the things every beauty mag and dermatologist preach: lots of rest, moisterising twice a day, and water, water, water. That doesn’t mean cutting out sugar all together, but it does mean being as sensible with your skin as you are the rest of your health- especially as the debate continues.