Skin Myths Series: What’s Actually True?

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We all have heard how chocolate causes you to break out, and that oily skin doesn’t wrinkle as fast as dry skin, but is that REALLY true?  Myths about skin have been around for so long that everyone just believes them without actually knowing if there’s facts behind them. I’m starting a series on the most popular skin myths and will go into what is actually true, and what is just talk.  Let’s start with everyone’s favorite- Can I eat chocolate without it breaking me out?


Does Eating Chocolate Cause Breakouts

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This is probably one of the most popular assumptions when it comes to skin, but let’s talk about what actually causes pimples. Pimples form when pores become blocked by dead skin cells and sebum, making bacteria grow under the skin. The skin then becomes inflamed and that’s where you get the redness and swelling.

So when you eat chocolate, does it affect your skin? You will be relieved to know that eating chocolate does not, in fact, cause you to break out!  Just make sure you’re keeping your consumption in-check. While eating one candy bar won’t cause you to break out, eating lots of chocolate for an extended period of time can cause some issues.  Make sure you’re keeping a balanced diet and opt for dark chocolate occasionally.  Dark chocolate is known to have certain health benefits, such as improving heart health, blood pressure, reducing “bad” cholesterol, and it may also improve blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, reducing diabetes risk. (source: WebMD)

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According to Dr. Shamban (in his article from the Huffington Post), “there is little evidence that chocolate or any specific fatty foods will cause acne, but we do know that a high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body — which can lead to acne. Again, although we can’t say that sugary and fatty food directly causes acne, it’s nevertheless true that overindulging in these kinds of food can increase your chances of developing the condition and may displace other nutrients that are critical to the skin’s health.”

So there you have it! This myth is FALSE!  Go ahead and have that chocolate bar. You can mark this off of your list of possible reasons you’re breaking out right now.

If you’re really concerned with acne you can always go in for a facial.  Your esthetician will do a consultation and can maybe have some suggestions as to why you’re having some issues.

In the Tulsa Area?

I’m a licensed esthetician and would love to see you for a skin consultation and facial! I love helping with your skin issues and making you feel pretty!  Come see me at Ihloff Salon and Day Spa.  Call 918-587-2566 to schedule an appointment.

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