March 31, 2018

Can Eating Chocolate Cause The Skin to Breakout?

Can Eating Chocolate Cause Breakouts

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- What’s in chocolate?
- Is chocolate bad for you?
- Is dark chocolate better than milk chocolate?

What’s In Chocolate

Cocoa is made from the seeds of pods from the cacao tree. After the seeds are fermented, they are dried and roasted then ground to give us raw cocoa.

Cocoa has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Mayan and Aztec people called it the 'food of the gods', and used to drink a spicy drink called 'chocolatl', made from roasted cocoa beans.

The Aztecs introduced cocoa to the Spaniards, who introduced the hot cocoa drink the people in Europe but it was only available to the very rich because it was so expensive. Later in Victorian times people developed the coca drink into a solid form and this is when chocolate was born.

Is Chocolate Bad For You?

There has been a lot of research done around cocoa - recently Italian researchers discovered, eating flavanol-rich cocoa, or dark chocolate (71%), has been linked to improving memory, benefiting brain function and protecting the brain from cognitive decline. Flavanols come from flavanoids found in plants and have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Other foods rich in flavanols are apples, grapes, pears, tea and wine. Tannat (dry) red wine is best, because it contains more flavanols that white.

Is Dark Chocolate Better Than Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate?

Milk chocolate is the most common chocolate consumed. Besides the coca, milk chocolate also contains milk, sugar and plan oils. Milk chocolate contains around 40% cocoa,  but milk, sugar and fat, ingredients are usually listed first. Even though the cocoa has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the sugar and the milk can potentially cause breakouts in the skin.

Many people have dairy intolerance and an intolerance to milk so milk chocolate can cause sensitivities in this people and for some it can cause breakouts and acne. Sugar is another problem. People with high sugar diets will develop glycation in the skin accelerating ageing. Glycation occurs when there is a high amount of sugar in the tissue, breaking down the collagen and elastin causing the skin to wrinkle and sag.

Sugar has also been linked to a gut condition called candida albicans. Candida albicans is a yeast overgrowth in the gut and sugar feeds this yeast. In fact, any foods that are broken down into sugar can cause problems with candida albicans such as bread,wine and fruits. People with candida albicans yeast infection often have breakouts in the skin and may even develop into acne. Cocoa in the chocolate is fine and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits however the sugar and the milk in the milk chocolate is not so very good for the skin.

What about white chocolate? White chocolate has even more fat, sugar and milk so it's worse than milk chocolate for your skin. However dark chocolate is something you could enjoy. Dark chocolate has a higher amount of the cocoa, a minimum of 70%. There are many varieties of options available and some dark chocolate can include 80%,  90% or even 100% cocoa. The more cocoa in the chocolate the more bitter the chocolate will taste because cocoa naturally has a bitter taste. Which is why they use sugar to sweeten the chocolate so it's more palatable.

So as you discovered chocolate, especially milk chocolate and white chocolate can cause breakouts in some people because of the milk and the sugar. Try to avoid white chocolate and you can enjoy milk chocolate occasionally and in moderation. If you wish to eat chocolate more frequently make sure it is dark chocolate which is a better option for your health and your skin.

Just as a side note, I have dogs as pets and have been advised by my vet that chocolate is poisonous to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the worse it is. They love the sugar and milk like humans do which is why they will eat chocolate if they find some, however the cocoa is a poison to dogs. So keep chocolate away from dogs but especially the dark chocolate and consult your vet immediately if they have eaten any.

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March 29, 2018

9 Myths About Blackheads

9 myths about blackheads

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Best way to cleanse your face according to a dermatologist

This was an interesting article and included some very good advice. Here is a summary of the ideas in the article and my beauty tips on how to cleanse your face for beautiful skin.

1. Not Cleansing, just splashing their face - Some people make the mistake of not cleansing their skin, or just splashing water on their face. This will lead to a dirty skin and potentially breakouts. It's very important to use a face cleanser to remove all the dirt and grime from the skin.

2. Not cleansing morning and night - At night we all know we need to cleanse our skin to remove the daily build up of dirt. In the morning it is just as important to cleanse to remove sweat, oil and biological waste build up on the skin overnight as we slept.

3. Over cleansing - Over-cleansing can be bad for the skin because it can strip and aggravate the skin. This can be if the skin is over cleansed throughout the day or using harsh cleansers on your skin. Always listen to the advice of your beauty therapist on the best product for your skin and follow the directions on the product carefully.

4. Avoid foaming cleansers - Like the dermatologist in the article, I too am not a fan of foaming cleansers. They have detergents in them which can strip the skin. Some people like using them because it makes their skin feel "squeaky clean". This feeling though is not good for the skin because a squeaky clean skin is a sign of dehydration.

"A squeaky clean skin is a sign of dehydration."


1. Makeup causes blackheads

It was true in the past, makeup could cause blackheads but today most good quality makeup is made with non-comedeogenic (do not clog the pores) ingredients. If you are ever in doubt, choose professional and quality brands and look for "non-comedogenic" formulas. 

2. Blackheads is trapped dirt in the skin

No, blackheads is not trapped dirt. Blackheads are clogged pores and the clogging is made up of skins natural oils, dead skin cells and hair. 


Blackheads are open follicles filled with sebum (skin's natural oil) and dead skin cells. Blackheads are caused by dead cell build up which clogs the pores and traps the oil and dead skin cells inside the pores.

3. Soap will clean away the blackheads

Soap is actually quite harsh for the skin, it will strip the skin and cause the skin to dehydrate. This can actually lead to skin clogging and blackheads. 

4. You can scrub away blackheads

Scrubs can exfoliate the skin on the surface but scrubs can't get into the pores to remove the buildup. To get into the pores and dissolve the blockages you need ingredients that can penetrate into the pores such as exfoliating enzymes or salicylic acid.

5. Home remedies will get rid of blackheads

 - eg baking soda, cinnamon, lemon juice, honey, turmeric
These ingredients can't penetrate into the pores and can't deep cleanse the pores. They may have some surface exfoliating action.

6. Eating oily foods causes blackheads

There is no evidence to show that oily foods can lead to oily skin and blackheads. Hormones are responsible for oil production.

7. You will grow out of blackheads

Most adults have blackheads, and many people visit day spas and beauty salons to have the blackheads extracted. So, unfortunately,  one cannot "grow out of" blackheads. Daily skin care and beauty treatments can get rid of blackheads. 


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8. All blackheads are caused by oily skin

Most blackheads are related to oily skin, however, I have come across some people who had different type of blackheads that were related to the skin detoxing. These blackheads feel similar to milia, they are raised and spiky but are black in colour. Often they located around the major lymphatic channels and glands.  

9. You can close the pores

Pores do not open and close. People skin texture and the size of the pores is determined by genetics and the amount of oil the skin is producing. I have an excellent series of articles discussing how to minimise open pores.
Best beauty tips for minimizing open pores for a beautiful smooth skin 

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