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Does chocolate cause acne?

Not on its own, no!  However, a diet high in sugar and/or fat can increase sebum production, one of the main causes of acne. Probiotics may help and a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, wholegrains, fruit, and ‘clean’ proteins such as fish, lentils, and nuts.  Basically you want to eat Omega 3 proteins and avoid Omega 6.

Avoid sugar, junk and fast food.  And consider restricting cow's milk and high-glycaemic index foods. These break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation—both of which encourage acne. High-glycaemic index foods include processed, refined cereals and carbohydrates like white bread, rice and pasta; cakes, biscuits and sugary breakfast cereals. Choose low glycaemic-index foods instead, like vegetables and wholegrain products, for example brown rice and wholemeal pasta and bread.

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