Can acne be managed with food?
Researches have shown that there is a direct link between diet and acne. What you eat has a direct influence on your body’s insulin levels which in turn affects the functioning of hormones, including the male hormones androgens. Scientists opine that fluctuations in hormones and androgens in particular can result in acne flare-ups. It is therefore believed that a diet that causes a rise in insulin levels in your body can worsen acne. To manage acne with food, scientists suggest you eat low glycemic diet rich in veggies, fruit, seafood, and grass-fed meat as it can help stabilize insulin levels and thereby keep your acne in control.
Is chocolate bad for acne?
There is a popular belief that eating chocolate can aggravate acne. Though this belief is not supported by scientific studies, many people with acne-prone skin refrain from eating chocolates in order to control their acne. Recent studies conducted on the subject prove that chocolate by itself is not bad for your skin. However, not all chocolate bars may be that good for your skin!
Why do people say chocolate is bad for acne?
Well, there is some logic behind the popular belief that chocolate is not good for acne. Though chocolate itself has a low glycemic index most chocolate bars available on the market have high sugar content. The high glycemic nature of processed sugar causes the insulin levels to shoot up, this in turn increases the activity of hormones and as a result, your acne condition worsens. Another theory is that the simple sugars are not stored by the body and are usually spread around the body so that it can be used immediately. Many athletes take advantage of this theory. They consume glucose before a race so that their body has an immediate energy boost. While being there in your body, these sugars will also set your glands into a state of hyper-activity. This will lead to an over secretion of sebum and as a result you’ll immediately notice an acne breakout.
So, should people with acne prone skin never consume chocolates?
Well, here is a piece of good news. If you have acne prone skin, you need not completely ban yourself from the tempting chocolate bars. You can still have dark chocolates. This is because dark chocolate is a complex carbohydrate which will not cause the effects discussed above. Therefore it is said that if you consume dark chocolate in moderation (a bar once or twice in a month), it will not cause adverse effect on your acne. In fact, dark chocolate contains at least 72% cocoa solids, which might actually improve symptoms of acne as it is one of the richest dietary sources of anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
What about other chocolates?
The other chocolates aren’t as good as the dark chocolate for acne. In fact, milk chocolates which are usually white in colour should not be used by people with acne prone skin. This is because milk can affect hormones. Some of these hormones can have a direct adverse affect on your acne condition. Besides, white chocolate contains few antioxidants and lots of fat and sugar which in turn can aggravate your acne lesions. Experts also suggest that people who are prone to acne should not go for energy bars. This is because energy chocolates contain caffeine and a high amount of simple sugars to provide that energy jump-start. The raised energy levels in your body will also activate your skin glands and thereby worsen acne.