How to Keep Your Spots at Bay This Easter

Dr Sam Robson
By Dr Sam Robson

Dr Sam Robson is a highly respected and experienced practitioner who qualified as a GP in 1997 and has been practising aesthetic medicine since 2004.


When most people think about Easter nowadays, they may think of daffodils, baby chicks and frolicking lambs, but would not forget CHOCOLATE!

Despite knowing that the whole Spring festival has become super-commercialised, few people can resist indulging in at least one Easter Egg – even if it is over-priced and with much less chocolate for your money. 

But what if you have problem skin and are struggling to eat the right kind of diet to help keep your spots at bay, does this mean that you shouldn’t have an Easter Egg at all? 

recent study reviewed all the evidence from 2009–2020 to look more closely at the evidence for dietary factors exacerbating acne.

The conclusions reached do suggest that high glycaemic index foods (which include sweets and chocolate) cause a spike in blood sugar when eaten and are likely to be acne-promoting; whereas acne-protective factors are found in lower glycaemic foods such as some fruits and vegetables. However, there was no absolute link found between chocolate consumption itself and acne.

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Other evidence does suggest that it may actually be more down to the sugar content within the chocolate which causes problems for the skin – there is a higher sugar content in both white and milk chocolate but much less so in dark chocolate.

Another benefit with dark chocolate is that not only do people tend to eat much less of it at any one time but it also curbs the sweet cravings.

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Taking this into consideration, along with the other dietary benefits of dark chocolate (it contains a high level of antioxidants) we could conclude that dark chocolate might be okay.

So, a good compromise over Easter which could stop you from worrying about the effects of those chocolate eggs on your skin would be to stick to a dark chocolate treat (at least 70% cacao) on the day and double up on the fruit and veggies for the rest of the month – who knows your skin may actually thank-you!  

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together Acne FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the Acne questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited Acne clinics in your area.

Many thanks to the author of this blog Dr Sam Robson who owns Temple Clinic.

Dr Sam Robson is a highly respected and experienced practitioner who qualified as a GP in 1997 and has been practising aesthetic medicine since 2004.

She has also become progressively aware of the increasing incidence of low morale and self-esteem 

The repertoire of treatments provided by the clinic aims to help address many problems.

Call Dr Sam Robson on 0122 486 9997 or visit www.templeclinic.co.uk.

Thanks to the author

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