Having acne is bad enough without it being blamed on your eating habits!
Chocolate is okay and it’s official as NICE National Institute for Health Care and Excellence says so. On its guidance to GPs NICE says:
Acne is one of the most common dermatological disorders, affecting nearly everyone at some point in their life.
Acne will improve. It is primarily a skin disorder of the young, and will usually clear up in later life without leaving significant scarring.Treatments are effective but take time to work (typically up to 8 weeks) and may irritate the skin, especially at the start of treatment.
Dispelling popular myths about acne:
- Acne is not caused by poor hygiene, and there is no evidence it is improved by cleaning. In fact, excessive washing can aggravate acne.
- Diet has little or no effect on acne. For example, there is no evidence that chocolate or fatty foods cause or aggravate acne. However, if the person notices that a particular food triggers flares of acne then it is reasonable to avoid it.
- Picking at acne does not improve it and may cause scarring. Occasionally it may be beneficial to drain large purulent lesions, but this should be done under medical supervision.
- Stress probably does not cause acne, although there is a correlation between stress and acne, and unsightly lesions may cause increased levels of stress.
- Acne is not infectious and cannot be passed on to other people. The main bacterium involved in the inflammation, Propionibacteria acnes, is naturally present on skin but in acne it colonizes follicles.
A treatment that you can use guilt free – while eating chocolate, very slowly, while relaxing in a comfortable place with your favourite magazine or surfing the net is Lumie Clear light therapy.