Can Eating Too Much Chocolate Cause Acne?

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Can Eating Too Much Chocolate Cause Acne? Illustration – Eating too much chocolate causes acne. (PHOTO: IST)

TIMESPALEMBANG, JAKARTA – Chocolate is one of the most favorite snacks due to its sweet taste. However, there is a negative side of this sweet snack if you consume it too much. Is it right that eating too much chocolate can cause acne?

Cited from Hello Sehat, there has been many researches that study the relation between chocolate and acne. In 2013, there was a research that showed that chocolate can cause and worsen acne and breakouts.

Chocolate could increase the level of interleukin-1B (IL-IB) and IL-10. These proteins cause the acne bacteria, Propionibacterium and Staphylococcus Aureus, to become more aggressive.

Besides, in 2017, there was a research that showed that chocolate could cause new pimples.

This evidence was found after the students that ate chocolate got more pimples on their faces than those that ate peanut jelly.

However, although there has been many studies about chocolate and acne, the more accurate research is still necessary before jumping to the conclusion.

Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Los Angeles, stated that white chocolate contains more milk, sugar, and other additional substances, compared to dark chocolate.

For some people, milk and sugar could cause change in hormone. This change could lead to inflammation to those who are sensitive.

Therefore, Dr. Shamban stated that eating too much chocolate is not the direct cause of acnes. The fat and sugar in chocolate could be the cause of acne. (*)

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