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Duke Medicine: Does eating chocolate cause acne?

Posted July 18, 2011 8:10 p.m. EDT

If you’ve ever eaten a piece of chocolate and then studied your face for signs of an acne breakout, you’re not alone. Generations of teenagers have been cautioned that chocolate causes acne, but is there any truth behind the warning?

Duke dermatologist Diana McShane, MD, says the connection between chocolate and acne is, in chocolate terms, only semi-sweet.

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