Does chocolate cause acne?

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February 14, 2022

Young woman with problem skin holding chocolate barThere are many misconceptions about acne. Many think that acne is just a problem for hormonal teenagers. However, patients of all ages can get acne, even babies! And what about the myths regarding fried foods and chocolate. Do they really cause acne? Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team at Chevy Chase Dermatology in Chevy Chase, MD wants to take time to educate patients on what causes acne and whether or not chocolate lovers are at a higher risk of developing or prolonging this skin condition.

Does chocolate cause acne?

There have been a lot of studies performed on this specific concern, and unfortunately, until now, the results have been inconclusive. There is no direct correlation, though there are some links that might be connectable. In most cases, it has been found that foods high in sugars can cause a spike in insulin, in turn In a study referenced in this CNN Health article, ( there was actually a link made that distinguished sugar from chocolate. In this particular study, participants were allowed to eat either a chocolate bar or 25 jelly beans which had the same sugar content. For those who ate the chocolate, their acne increased, while those who at the jelly beans did not experience a change. This alone is not the right answer to the question, as other studies have shown other concerns such as dairy products being linked to an increase in acne.

What it comes down to is that we don’t have a clear answer yet. However, anyone who is looking to keep their skin clear will want to be mindful of their diet and nutritional needs. Not only can chocolate be problematic for the skin and individuals with conditions such as diabetes, it can also lead to increased weight gain if consumed regularly due to the sugar and calorie content.

Need help improving acne-prone skin?

Talking with a dermatologist about your specific skincare needs is the first step in finding out more about controlling this condition. Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team at Chevy Chase Dermatology in Chevy Chase, MD are here to assist new and returning patients with addressing their skincare needs. Call (301) 656-SKIN to request an appointment at our facility, located at 5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite #830.

Category: Acne Treatments

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