Did you grow up hearing “Don’t eat chocolate! Don’t eat candy! They’re bad for your skin, you’ll break out!”

Such a bummer, especially if you were a teen who loved treats. And maybe, to this day, you worry about eating candy or chocolate because you’re afraid your complexion will freak out.

The truth is, there’s a lot of myth and misconception floating around about what really triggers acne. And chocolate and candy fall right into that muddle.

The thing is, our parents, the dermatologists and bloggers have got it wrong. But don’t worry, I explain it all below.

What’s more, there’s good news you ought to know!

Here’s the scoop.


Multiple research studies indicate that chocolate has no significant impact on the skin. Other studies are inconclusive because they didn’t take into account whether dairy was a factor; i.e., using milk chocolate in the study versus dark chocolate. If you’ve been digging into the Natural Acne Clinic Blog, you’ll know that dairy is a primary acne trigger because of the presence of iodine in milk.

If you want chocolate, it’s okay. Enjoy! However, stick to darker blends and avoid milk chocolate.


Sugar does not cause acne!

Here’s what dermatologists, bloggers and scientists would have you believe. That ingesting sugar and foods high on the glycemic index (like white bread, candy, fried foods and soda) cause spikes in your body’s insulin levels that lead to a burst of inflammation in your body. And, in turn, that elevated inflammation increases the production of skin oils and contributes to the clogging of follicles, which can worsen your complexion.


Do you know YOUR primary acne trigger? Still struggling with an unsure self-diagnosis?

We created a short quiz to help you Discover YOUR Complexion Triggers


Inflammation is not the cause of acne. The REAL cause of your acne is a genetic predisposition called retention hyperkeratosis

Every day a layer of dead skin cells is shed inside the pore. Ordinarily, these dead skin cells are pushed from behind by newer cells rising to the skin’s surface, then flake off in a normal, healthy pore.

However, this continuous shedding process goes haywire in people with acne. Acne-prone skin produces up to 5x more dead cells than normal, and the excess dead cells stay stuck on the skin’s surface and clog your pores. The resulting plug (known as a microcomedone), when mixed with oil, forms a blackhead. When infected with bacteria, forms a blemish.

Essentially, your acne-prone skin is perpetually clogging itself. And your unique cocktail blend of acne triggers, including diet, aggravates and worsens an already faulty situation