Does eating chocolate really cause breakouts?

The age-old tale of chocolate causing breakouts is so NOT TRUE! This decadent treat is loaded with flavonoids and zinc! Indulge in delicious chocolate – but try to go for dark chocolate, because it is even better for your skin! Dark chocolate is overflowing with polyphenols and antioxidants that help the skin and body fight free radical damage and guard the skin from UV-induced damage.

Keep in mind, however, that one big contributor to wrinkles is called glycation – and it is the bonding of sugar molecules to a protein or lipid within the body. The excess sugar molecules that we eat end up attaching themselves to the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin. Over time, this causes the collagen and elastin fibers to become weakened and damaged, which leads to wrinkles and sagging. So you now have even more reason to avoid highly processed, sugary foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup! When eating your sweets, limit your intake and go for high-quality, organic goods; not only will they taste so much more delicious, but they are truly better for you.

For a beautiful complexion, be sure to incorporate salmon, avocados, blueberries and leafy greens into your regular food rotation. Try to avoid high in-takes of caffeine, as this causes inflammation in the vascular system.  Also watch your alcohol consumption, which increases capillary damage and redness. In addition, stay away from greasy, fried foods – the real culprit in congestion and breakouts.

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The heroic MyChelle Oily/Blemish Control line of products may prevent future breakouts while treating existing blemishes and shine. We’ve whipped up a whole series of balanced, hydrating and healing formulas that are just peachy-keen for blemish-prone skin types. Carefully chosen, natural bioactive ingredients deeply calm skin, minimize oil, and keep pores pure – just the way they were meant to be. Plus, powerful antioxidants and vitamins work hand-in-hand to restore strength and improve your complexion. Clear skin, here you come!

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AskOurEstyCatie Wiggy is the Director of Education for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skin care industry for over 13 years as a makeup artist, brand educator, manager, innovator and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.