What you eat also determine your health condition. Becoming children and teenagers means many reckless actions are taken. Though food is not the main cause of acne, it might have some effects on skin. Along with puberty, eating snack and drinking soda are thought to be the cause of getting acne.
Does Chocolate Cause Acne?
Let’s be more specific. There are a lot of foods, but even now people still confuse about how chocolate causes acne. Yeah, who doesn’t like chocolate? For a long time, till today you might have been swing around about whether chocolate is the one to blame for acne emergence. Some parents might have forbidden their children fro eating chocolate because of this rumor. Again we need to clear this mess up by asking does chocolate cause acne?
Chocolate and insulin
Genuinely there is a connection/link between high-sugar/high-fat foods with acne. Then, people assume that chocolate will trigger acne. What makes acne worse is inflammation. And this kind of food including chocolate might promote more sebum production and inflammatory responses in the body.
Besides, chocolate is related with insulin level. Basically, insulin level control most hormones, the main cause of acne. Chocolate effects on insulin are two: increase insulin and reduce insulin resistance. In 2003, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that the food flavored with chocolate and flavored milks (chocolate milk) increased insulin levels more than 25%.
Contrarily, another study result posted by Seppo Puusa through acneeinstein.com showed different conclusion. “Compared to baseline (pre-study) measurements, dark chocolate reduced blood sugar levels by about 20% and insulin levels by almost 40%. White chocolate had a slight negative effect on blood sugar and insulin levels.” It is quite reasonable because chocolate contains antioxidants and flavonoids which have role in insulin resistance.
In this case, you may think that “I’ll b fine as long as I eat dark chocolate.” It is true that white chocolate and other products which contains it, on the whole have more sugar, milk and other additives compare to dark chocolate. But it doesn’t mean dark chocolate is 100% free from sugar. There are people eating dark chocolate who still get acne in the end.
Does Chocolate Cause Acne? Unfortunately, most existed studies until now, lack certainty. The studies are not conducted properly. They only involve few people and did not take control proper. Consequently, the proof doesn’t validate enough to claim that chocolate is guilty.
Each person has different health condition and lifestyle. That’s why it is hard to be sure that everyone will get acne by eating chocolate. For example, hormonal change is not only cause by food, but also physical activity such as exercise and emotional balance.
Indirectly, the after effect of chocolate to cause might be very little as someone will eat other type of food and doing certain activity. So, if you eat healthy food and exercise regularly to balance chocolate consumption, it seems there will be no serious problem with chocolate.