Chocolate and Acne in Men

The relation of diet and acne is quite interesting.

Amplify’d from www.medscape.com

Chocolate May Exacerbate Acne in Men

February 8, 2011 (New Orleans, Louisiana) — Bad news for chocolate lovers who are prone to acne — researchers report that the consumption of pure chocolate can exacerbate facial acne vulgaris within days in people who have a history of the skin disorder.

The finding runs counter to the results of earlier studies that reported no connection between chocolate and acne breakouts, said Samantha Block, a medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in Florida, who spoke here at the American Academy of Dermatology 69th Annual Meeting.

The studies that were fundamental to the notion that diet and acne are not related looked at acne outbreaks after the consumption of chocolate candy, which contains added ingredients such as milk, sugar, and nuts, Ms Block said.

The study found a strong correlation between the amount of chocolate that was consumed and the amount of acneiform lesions that developed (r = 0.510 on day 4 and 0.608 on day 7).

“We’re getting closer and closer to figuring out how diet affects acne. I love this study because it’s adding a piece to that puzzle, so I think it’s important. I’m pleased that they are going to continue with a randomized trial,” Dr. Keri, who moderated the session, said. She was not part of the study.

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