Does Chocolate Cause Acne After All?

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A long-going debate that’s divided the experts is whether or not chocolate causes acne. For the most part, dermatologists have dismissed the idea as an old wive’s tale, but now new research is suggesting there might be some truth in it after all.

In information presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, a new study suggests that pure, unadulterated chocolate made of 100 percent cacao (and not chocolate candy, which contains sugar, milk, and other adulterants, and had previously been the cornerstone of many similar studies), may exacerbate acne. The study used 10 male participants with one to four acne comedones and/or papules on the face, inviting them to eat up to 12 oz. of Ghirardelli unsweetened, 100 percent-cacao chocolate at a single sitting. The results showed that, the more chocolate that was consumed amongst the 10 individuals, the more acne lesions that developed in the weeks that followed.

So, what do you think? Will you shy away from the antioxidant-rich pure chocolate variety based on these new studies?

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