Studies Suggest Chocolate May Exacerbate Acne
Does Chocolate Cause Increased Acne?
Could the warnings from our parents and grandparents have been true all along? A study cited in a recent Dermatology Daily article found that eating chocolate may indeed lead to increased acne. According to the article, titled “Studies Suggest Chocolate May Exacerbate Acne,” BBC News reported that the researcher, Samantha Block of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, conducted several different studies in order to determine the correlation. Block’s first study, which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, involved ten volunteers consisting of men ages 18-35. The men were given varied amounts of chocolate to eat on day one of the experiment. On days four and seven of the study, Block examined the men’s faces for breakouts. She found that more acne developed on the faces of the volunteers who had eaten more chocolate. When Block repeated the study, she asked volunteers to swallow capsules that may contain either 100% cocoa powder or gelatin. The participants who were randomly selected to consume higher quantities of cocoa powder were found to have more acne breakouts than those who had consumed less. These findings were presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting.
Contact Silverberg Surgical & Medical Group
For more information on how to prevent acne breakouts, or how to get rid of your acne and improve your complexion, please contact our dermatologist, Dr. Nancy Silverberg, today to schedule a consultation.