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Does Chocolate Cause Acne?
Skincare Myths Debunked

Can chocolate cause acne?

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One of the biggest beauty myths is that chocolate (and fried food) can cause acne. Extensive research shows this is simply not true. It may actually be the dairy in milk chocolate that can exacerbate acne, according to Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist.

"We don't know why, but all dairy really flares acne," said Jaliman in an article featured on MSn's Glo Website (see it here). The article goes on to state that junk food (think donuts, pizza and chips) can also cause acne flare-ups. "High-glycemic foods make your insulin levels jump, which affects skin like another big hormonal level change: PMS," said Jaliman.

Bottom line: if you already have a pimple problem, try to maintain a healthy diet and keep in mind that hormones, overactive oil glands, heredity and dead skin cells that lodge in skin pores are the main causes of acne, according to the Acne Resource Center.

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