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Does chocolate and fried food cause acne?

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Dr. Jacob Mirman
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

We are all different, and react differently to foods and other things in the environment.
If certain foods cause trouble for you, then your options are to either avoid them or try to reduce your sensitivity with homeopathic treatment: www.Bookonhealing.Com.

In brief: No

We are all different, and react differently to foods and other things in the environment.
If certain foods cause trouble for you, then your options are to either avoid them or try to reduce your sensitivity with homeopathic treatment: www.Bookonhealing.Com.
Dr. Jacob Mirman
Dr. Jacob Mirman
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: No

Acne is caused by bacteria getting trapped in the skin.
Eating chocolate does not cause acne, but could make your skin oilier.

In brief: No

Acne is caused by bacteria getting trapped in the skin.
Eating chocolate does not cause acne, but could make your skin oilier.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology

In brief: No

If you feel that some food makes your acne worse, it is best to avoid them. New studies have shown that some patients may benefit from a low "glycemic diet"-- less processed sugars such as sodas and candy.
Recent studies suggest that excessive consumption of dairy products may exacerbate acne. Growth hormones given to cows that may trigger excessive oil gland activity- so consider organic milk.

In brief: No

If you feel that some food makes your acne worse, it is best to avoid them. New studies have shown that some patients may benefit from a low "glycemic diet"-- less processed sugars such as sodas and candy.
Recent studies suggest that excessive consumption of dairy products may exacerbate acne. Growth hormones given to cows that may trigger excessive oil gland activity- so consider organic milk.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology

In brief: No

It is a common misconception that "fatty foods" and chocolate causes acne.
In most cases, food plays a very small role in acne. Studies have shown that soda, chips, caffeine, fried foods, and chocolate do not cause acne. So why the link? Stress may aggravate acne, and it may simply be that we eat certain comfort foods (like chocolate) when we are stressed hence the link.

In brief: No

It is a common misconception that "fatty foods" and chocolate causes acne.
In most cases, food plays a very small role in acne. Studies have shown that soda, chips, caffeine, fried foods, and chocolate do not cause acne. So why the link? Stress may aggravate acne, and it may simply be that we eat certain comfort foods (like chocolate) when we are stressed hence the link.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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Dr. Yoshi Rahm
Family Medicine

In brief: No

These foods do not cause acne directly.
Commonly, hormone changes cause acne which is why the teenage years are when most people get acne. Interestingly, taking probiotics and eating a healthier diet may change the skin flora (bacteria covering your entire body) composition and lead to less of the bacteria that do cause acne. This may ultimately lead to healthier appearing skin.

In brief: No

These foods do not cause acne directly.
Commonly, hormone changes cause acne which is why the teenage years are when most people get acne. Interestingly, taking probiotics and eating a healthier diet may change the skin flora (bacteria covering your entire body) composition and lead to less of the bacteria that do cause acne. This may ultimately lead to healthier appearing skin.
Dr. Yoshi Rahm
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine

In brief: No

This is an often repeated myth of health folklore.
In years past, it was thought that the oils and fat of these foods would cause more sebum /oil in the skin, hence more acne. But the truth of the matter is that these foods are often eaten in times of greater stress which, in of itself, can make acne worse.- esp with hormonal surges. So it is more of a guilty association than anything else.

In brief: No

This is an often repeated myth of health folklore.
In years past, it was thought that the oils and fat of these foods would cause more sebum /oil in the skin, hence more acne. But the truth of the matter is that these foods are often eaten in times of greater stress which, in of itself, can make acne worse.- esp with hormonal surges. So it is more of a guilty association than anything else.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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