Cocoa is prized for its natural nutritional benefits. It is high in magnesium which has benefits. However, if you are acne prone it is best to get your magnesium from other sources.
Whether or not chocolate causes acne has been a huge debate. It is known without a doubt dairy and sugar can aggravate acne skins.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology in 2014 found cocoa consumption is detrimental to those who are acne prone.
A double blinded placebo study examined the effect of cocoa consumption on acne lesion exacerbation. Fourteen men between the ages of 18 and 35 were assigned to swallow capsules filled with either unsweetened 100% cocoa, hydrolysed gelatin powder or a combination of the two.
The number of pimples and blackheads/ whiteheads we’re assessed and photographed at the beginning, day 4 and day 7. They were given only one tablet containing cocoa to see the effect on the skin.
What they found was that a ONE time consumption of cocoa actually increased the amount of pimples by 2.5 times by day 4. The number of blackheads and whiteheads increased by almost 2.5 times. By day 7 the blackheads and whiteheads were almost 3 times.
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