If you are concerned that what you eat is causing you to have acne breakouts, then the thought of the approaching Easter weekend is probably filling you with dread. All that tempting chocolate just sat there begging to be eaten. But chocolate is so bad for your skin, right? Well actually no, it’s not as bad as you might think.
Chocolate is notoriously high in calories, sugar and fat. And a diet high in sugar and fat can lead to an increase in sebum production, which promotes inflammatory responses and hormonal changes in your body. When it comes to your skin, these responses can lead to further skin problems, from redness through to acne.
But there is some good news. It’s not the fat in chocolate that’s likely to be causing your breakouts. Well, unless you are eating far too many Easter eggs in one go that is. It’s the chemical called theobromine that’s the biggest problem.
Theobromine blocks the chemical adenosine that turns off the stress receptors in our skin so these receptors create more of the inflammatory chemicals that make skin breakout. In other words, stress is a major factor in breakouts. Adenosine helps calm the nerve endings so your skin doesn’t take the full force of your stress. With theobromine blocking the adenosine, your skin is feeling the effects of your stress and getting irritated.
Chocolate and Stress Awareness Month
It’s quite fitting that Stress Awareness Month should fall in the same month as Easter. How many times have you reached for a box or whole bar of chocolate to perk yourself up when you’re stressed? Often. We’ve all done it. But filling up on chocolate is only going to lead to a vicious circle of more stress, more breakouts and more bad skin.
There’s no need to ban Easter eggs from your house just yet though. A little moderation is all that’s required instead. Small amounts of chocolate are fine. Large amounts all at once are not.
Dark chocolate contains more theobromine than milk chocolate. But, dark chocolate is much more likely to contain high amounts of two flavonoids, catechin and procyanidin. These are chemicals that can act as antioxidants within the body. Antioxidants are able to help protect the body’s cells against free radicals and harmful diseases.
So, a little bit of chocolate is actually good for you!
Preventing Chocolate from causing breakouts
There is no need for you to kick your chocolate habit just yet. But perhaps stop using it for stress relief. A little goes a long way so try limiting yourself to just a few pieces rather than a whole bar. Prevention and cure go hand in hand when you start to treat and prevent your breakouts from the inside. What you put into your body has a huge impact on the visible reaction your skin shows.
To help clear up your current breakouts and work to fight future ones adding help: clear skin to your diet will introduce natural anti-bacterial lactoferrin, aloe vera and zinc gluconate, all clinically proven spot & acne treatment, to your daily diet. Lactoferrin has been shown to reduce the development of the bacteria responsible for many skin conditions such as acne, spots, blackheads and whiteheads due to its anti-microbial effects.
Lactoferrin is produced by a proprietary process that derives a bioactive complex from whey rich in the lactoferrin fraction. Milk’s many bioactive components have specific physiological effects to support a healthy complexion from the inside.
Lactoferrin is present naturally in our exocrine secretions: milk, tears, nasal exudate, bronchial mucus, gastrointestinal fluids and saliva. A primary function of lactoferrin is scavenging free iron in body fluids and inflamed sites to suppress free radical-mediated damage (much like an antioxidant) and diminish the availability of the element to invading microbes.
Each 3.5g skin food supplement sachet of help: clear skin contains 200mg of lactoferrin, the full recommended daily intake.
How To Use Help: Clear Skin
Simply empty a sachet once daily into your favourite beverage or soft food (can be either hot or cold), stir until dissolved and look forward to clearer, healthier skin in just a few weeks. Help: clear skin is suitable for vegetarians, diabetics and anyone lactose intolerant and is gluten free. It’s that simple! You could even pop it inside your drink when you have your stress free relax and (small) amount of chocolate.
Take a look at our case study stories and clinical studies to see exactly how help: clear skin can work to help you clear your skin and help prevent spots from forming in the future as a long-term skincare solution.