Boxes of chocolate truffles, squares of gooey fudge and steaming cups of hot cocoa are part of the very best moments of the holiday season. And don’t forget the over-the-top, super-rich meals and abundant cheese platters found at every party. But what does that mean for you skin? Will all of the holiday treats equal a new crop of zits just in time to ring in the new year?
Yes and no. But, mostly no.
People have blamed chocolate for acne since . . . well, since the dawn of Hershey’s. And scientists even starting looking into the truth starting in 1969. The many studies over the years show conflicting results in all directions, leaving dermatologists unwilling to condemn the cocoa bean outright.
But what of fried foods? Dairy? Butter? Simple carbs? All the other tasty stuff served at the office holiday party?
There is some research that shows a diet high in fat and sugar may increase sebum production as well as increase inflammation, which are two big components of acne. And it has been found that a diet excessive in dairy can initiate hormonal shifts that could cause a pimple spike in some individuals. So, as always, moderation is a smart choice if you want your best skin. But no specific food has been shown to trigger breakouts.