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The Science Behind Chocolate and Acne

2nd October 2014

If you're prone to a bad break out then no doubt you've done your research as to what may cause a flare up. Chocolate has caused a lot of debate over the years, many people claiming it will cause your skin to worsen and lead them to choose between their skin and their cravings for a Twix.

What have the scientists found?

When looking at the scientific research carried out, previous studies have suggested there is no link between chocolate consumption and acne. However a recent study by Caroline Caperton and others (2014) have found a statistically significant correlation between consumption of 100% cocoa and acne.

The study provides evidence that chocolate does in fact exacerbate acne lesions in males between the age of 18 and 35. Although this is quite a limited study group, it does suggest that if you suffer from acne vulgaris, you should definitely consider cutting chocolate out of your diet.


Now this study is one of the first of its kind, using 100% cocoa in a double-blind study, and so further research is obviously needed. However it could provide some much needed answers to acne sufferers and help them manage their skin better.

Unfortunately, diet can sometimes only do so much and gives little comfort to those who live with unpleasant acne scars. Thankfully there is a treatment available. It is essential that you only go to doctors who are licensed to perform these procedures, like those at sk:n clinics. Deals that seem too good to be true nearly always are and it's just not worth the risk.

Book a visit with a qualified dermatologist to discuss your options so you can ask about the procedures and equipment being used.

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