Eating Chocolates may Cause Acne
A small preliminary study suggests that eating chocolates are indeed aggravating acne breakout. Men who are consuming 8 ounces of chocolates noticed how their pimples increased to 70 protrusions from just having an average of less than four in an outbreak. Another interesting fact about the study is the fact that the more they ate it, the more outbreak they get. So does eating chocolates causes likelihood of having acne?
The study was conducted by Samantha Block, a medical student at the University of Miami Millwr School of Medicine. According to her, the findings they generated might provide strong clinical support on the idea that eating chocolates worsen an acne outbreak. However, the study needs further research and experimentation as It does not point out a proof linking the cause and effect….
The Experiment: Chocolate Diet
The subjects of the study were 10 men who belong to the age group of 18-35 years old. These individuals were diagnosed with acne over the past year. With Block and colleagues on the move, they gave these men chocolate and told them to eat as much as they want in one sitting with a maximum of 3 four-ounce chocolate bars each. After that, these men were instructed to follow their usual diet for a week without chocolate.
When the study started, the 10 subjects have had an average of 3 pimples. Four days after the test, the pimples increased to 13. By the end of the week, around 18 pimples were observed to grow. Another interesting observation from the study, is the fact that men who ate less than one 4-ounce chocolate bar have had fewer pimples after a week, which were represented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Those who ate the most, had 70 pimples after 7 days. According to Block during the meeting, the numbers will justify their theory.
Sweet chocolate containing sugar, milk and other ingredients can aggravate skin abnormalities, this is based on a previous study done by the senior clinical researcher in dermatology, Caroline Caperton, MD, MSPH at the University of Miami. She said the using chocolate made of 100% cocoa is an advantage. Furthermore, she added how caffeine and there romaine in some chocolates can exacerbate acne due to the pore-clogging properties these substances have.
The professor of dermatology at University of California and president at the American Academy of Dermatology, Ronald L. Moy, MD, declared that it is still too early to make suggestion on the connection between the chocolate and acne exacerbation based on a small study. Acne may or may not play a vital role in the aggravation or presence of acne, still according to Moy. The idea is quite a little tricky as one can figure out if chocolate is really causing the breakout because the pimples may not appear until hours or days after the last intake of chocolate.
To provide in-depth clinical foundation, explore the biological and chemical connection of chocolate and acne, the researchers are currently formulating strategies and plans to launching a new study. The study will be done by testing 28 people with acne. These population will be divided into two groups. The first will be given up to 6 ounces of pure chocolate while the second cluster won’t have any. The findings of the study were presented during a medical conference. However, the study is still in the preliminary process and needs more expert view and experimentation for a more solid clinical basis.
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