Chocolate and Your Skin – Is it true that chocolate can wreck your skin?

Chocolate and skin myth

Myth or Fact? Is Chocolate bad for your skin?

There is little evidence that chocolate causes acne, though a diet high in sugar and fat can increase sebum (oil) production in the skin, and promote inflammatory responses in the body – which can lead to acne.  Additionally, overindulging in sugary foods may lead to decreased consumption of fruits and vegetables containing nutrients that are critical to your skin’s health.

Both milk and white chocolate varieties contain dairy and sugar, which can trigger hormonal changes and inflammation. It is well-documented that dark chocolate has many benefits to our health, including the skin. The high cocoa content of dark chocolate means high amounts of antioxidants that protect the body’s cells against free radicals. That’s why we encourage you to enjoy a piece of dark chocolate when checking out from your appointment!

If you need a fix, stick to dark chocolate over white or milk varieties.

Myth: Chocolate is bad for your skin.

Bottom Line: Chocolate alone won’t wreck your skin. The best thing you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of water and a skin care routine that corrects, prevents and protects the skin against sun damage and premature aging.

Learn why you need to wear Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day

wear sunscreen on cloudy day

Myth or Fact? I don’t need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day!

Yes! UV rays can pass through both windows and clouds.

You need to apply a broad-spectrum SPF sun protector to protect your skin against the UV damage. A minimum of SPF 30 is recommended, daily, whether is sunny or not!

Do I really need to wear SPF when it’s cloudy and I’m at work?

Truck driver damaged skinThis image should motivate you to wear SPF while in the car!

This man is 69 years old, but half of his face looks much, much older than that. He was a trucker and, for 28 years, his face received much more sunlight on the left side, resulting on premature aging. We all know that being exposed to the sun makes you age prematurely, but seeing the dramatic difference in a single face is just stunning. 

His condition is called unilateral dermatoheliosis, from the Greek dermis (skin) and helios (sun). It’s also called photoaging, and it results from chronic exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In his case, it only affected the left side of his face because of his work. As he drove, he received more hours of sunlight through the left window of his vehicle.

Myth: I don’t need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day.
Bottom Line: Yes, you need to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day!