We’ve all heard it before—chocolate causes pimples. But as we were reaching for yet another handful of M&Ms, we needed to know the truth. We asked, and our Chief Dermatologist, Dr. Schaffran, answered.
The good news?
The short answer is probably not. Although the science is far from settled, most
well-done studies on this issue do NOT point to a link between chocolate itself and acne.
The bad news?
“The connection is much more likely between sugar and acne,” Dr. Schaffran says. “Studies have shown that acne is less common in populations that don't eat a typically Western diet (high in processed foods, sugars, carbohydrates and foods with a high glycemic index).” So that handful of chocolate might not be the best idea for your skin.