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Bad News: Chocolate Causes Acne ... ?


See the original blog post at Banish here.

It's the news none of us wanted to hear - the news we were all dreading. Chocolate may just cause your acne problems!

A new study found that, when 25 male acne prone subjects consumed 25 g of 99% dark chocolate per day for 4 weeks, there was a statistically significant change in acne scores and numbers of comedones and inflammatory papules. In fact, acne lesions doubled by the end of the 4 weeks.

Yikes! Nobody wants to do anything that's going to double their acne!

That's about 2 tablespoons of chocolate a day, every day for 4 weeks. Seems like a lot, when you put it that way, right?! But in reality, it isn't that much. Some of us consume chocolate daily, in higher amounts than that. Heck, I just had two tablespoons of chocolate chips in my pancakes this morning!

However, some things to note are that this study was not a large study, and it was not placebo-controlled.

A different study back in 2014 that was double-blind and placebo-controlled, did find that, when 14 men swallowed capsules filled with unsweetened 100% cocoa, or gelatin, or a combination of the two, there was an increase in acne lesions for cocoa consumption. However, the age range of these acne-prone men was 18-35, which may be considered a limitation of the study.