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Chocolate and Acne - Can greasy foods and chocolate cause acne?
As a teenager, I remember my grandma telling me that I had acne was because I ate too much chocolate. This never really made sense to me, since I didn’t really eat chocolate. But when I felt tempted to having just a taste of it, I always thought my acne would be made worse even if I had just a bite. In my mind chocolate and acne were deeply connected.
There are many myths about what causes acne, but one of the most famous ones is about chocolate causing acne. Acne is usually blamed on chocolate, nuts and greasy foods, but the actual effects of them still remain unclear. No studies have shown that chocolate increases acne.
One study showed that chocolate had no effect on most patients. In a few, it made acne worse. In a few others, chocolate actually diminished acne. However, there are some people that swear that, whenever they eat chocolate, their acne becomes significantly worse. Some of these people may have an overlap of acne and rosacea. If this is your case, then stay away from chocolate.
Can Greasy Food Cause Acne?
As with chocolate, there is no scientific evidence available to show that greasy food can make acne worse. There are so many factors that can be responsible for acne, that isolating one single one proves to be almost impossible.
However, results from two studies done at Harvard Medical School validate the belief that dairy foods may cause acne. 6,500 teenage boys and girls (ages 8-14) were given questionnaires regarding their milk/dairy consumption and their acne levels. Both studies showed a positive association between milk consumption and acne. It is also worth mentioning that girls were more affected than boys. The conclusion was that the hormones found in cow milk played an important role in the increase of acne.
One ingredient that CAN make acne worse is iodine, if eaten in large quantities. Foods such as seaweed and other sea food can have an effect on acne if eaten in large volumes. Of course, you won't get pimples the next day after you eat foods containing iodine. Acne is affected when the iodine consumption is constant.
Nonetheless, if you notice that there are certain foods that are causing your acne to flare, stay away from them. You know your body better than anyone else.
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