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#61 alternativista

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:19 AM

I have no idea why the discussion has moved into metals. Halogens are not metals.

And I'd be very suspicious of "detoxing". That's largely holistic health mumbo jumbo. Proper iodine intake and avoiding non-nutrient halogens should help your body over time, though.


The problem is that you can't avoid bromides in our environment these days. And this is likely a cause of the number of people with thyroid problems. Along with the mercury. And it moved in that direction because someone thought that the theobromine in chocolate was a form of the halogen bromine, and blame tritonix for the change in direction.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:45 PM

I have no idea why the discussion has moved into metals. Halogens are not metals.


I moved over to the Idodine thread after Alternativista gave me the link. The theobromine was likely the trigger for that offshoot though.


Halogens are not metals.


Very true. The correct thing was to say that Iodine displaces both heavy metals (mercury) and Halogens. (Bromine, Fluorine, etc)

And I'd be very suspicious of "detoxing". That's largely holistic health mumbo jumbo. Proper iodine intake and avoiding non-nutrient halogens should help your body over time, though.


I think "detoxing" is just a term people use when they actually mean: "It gets worse before it gets better"

Obviously, the actual mechanisms are largely unknown by most of us. We just experience the results.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:01 AM

i believe it 100% because when i eat chocolate(which is often) my acne often gets worse

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:09 AM

i believe it 100% because when i eat chocolate(which is often) my acne often gets worse


That's primarily the sugar.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:27 AM

Been allergic all my life. From hives as a kid to acne as a teen and adult. I DON'T consume it at all. Problem is that it often sneaked into foods. Some chli, breads (pumpernickle), even a microbrewed BEER I was drinking, (and breaking out until I found out the it had CHOCOLATE in it.

Just watch the ingredients listing folke.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:39 PM

I know this thread is over a year old, but I wanted to contribute my $.02.

My husband eats chocolate constantly, never gets acne, and never has. He's not prone to it. It doesn't seem to affect him at all. Lucky duck!

I drink one hot chocolate, and bam! 2-4 days later I have a huge cyst in my face that takes about a week to resolve. I know for a fact that it is the chocolate that causes this, and not the dairy, nor the sugar. This is how I know... as long as I avoid chocolate 100%, I don't get acne, even if I'm eating cookies, drinking soda, ice cream, sweet lattes, etc. I could eat candy and sugar all day long, as long as it contains very little chocolate (a little bit of the cheap stuff doesn't have any effect). I can also drink 3-4+ glasses of milk per day, and eat ice cream all day long, as long as there is no chocolate, I won't get any acne.

This is when I discovered the connection: I was once on a cleansing diet where I was eating only vegetables, brown rice, potatoes, and drinking these whey shakes, and thought I would be sneaky and add raw cacao to the shakes, which was delicious!! I sweetened with stevia to make it taste divine, and after about 3 days of this, I was repaid with several huge cyctic acne on my face which scarred for many months. I thought, "could chocolate be causing this acne?" I researched online and found a thread on a board showing that vegans have long known the cacao/acne connection, and have had to give it up because they got acne when consuming it. I was very, very unhappy with that, but stopped the cacao, and didn't get anymore acne during my clean diet.

And in fact, most of the time my diet is not very clean. I eat a lot of fried food, a lot of sugar, a lot of dairy. And yet, the ONLY time I have acne problems is when I eat chocolate. The higher quality and darker the chocolate is, the worse my acne response. The only other thing that seems to exacerbate my acne is drinks sweetened with erythritol, and I do not know the connection there, but I have definitely experienced it.

Anyway, I LOVE chocolate, so I still eat it occasionally, and consistently pay for it with cysts in my chin, cheek, or jawline. I have been testing this for years, and for me, chocolate always causes acne. Not sugar, not dairy. CHOCOLATE.

Hope this helps someone. If I had known MY chocolate/acne connection when I was in my twenties (I'm now in my thirties), I would have avoided a LOT of scarring. I used to eat a chocolate bar a day (the really dark stuff) after all the hype was published about how great it was for you. I had up to a hundred zits on my face at all times, it was quite awful. I am certainly going to educate my own children on this when they get to that acne age, since they almost certainly will react the same way I do.

Edited by bigbluetoes, 14 November 2012 - 12:46 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:51 AM

I know this thread is over a year old, but I wanted to contribute my $.02.

My husband eats chocolate constantly, never gets acne, and never has. He's not prone to it. It doesn't seem to affect him at all. Lucky duck!

I drink one hot chocolate, and bam! 2-4 days later I have a huge cyst in my face that takes about a week to resolve. I know for a fact that it is the chocolate that causes this, and not the dairy, nor the sugar. This is how I know... as long as I avoid chocolate 100%, I don't get acne, even if I'm eating cookies, drinking soda, ice cream, sweet lattes, etc. I could eat candy and sugar all day long, as long as it contains very little chocolate (a little bit of the cheap stuff doesn't have any effect). I can also drink 3-4+ glasses of milk per day, and eat ice cream all day long, as long as there is no chocolate, I won't get any acne.

This is when I discovered the connection: I was once on a cleansing diet where I was eating only vegetables, brown rice, potatoes, and drinking these whey shakes, and thought I would be sneaky and add raw cacao to the shakes, which was delicious!! I sweetened with stevia to make it taste divine, and after about 3 days of this, I was repaid with several huge cyctic acne on my face which scarred for many months. I thought, "could chocolate be causing this acne?" I researched online and found a thread on a board showing that vegans have long known the cacao/acne connection, and have had to give it up because they got acne when consuming it. I was very, very unhappy with that, but stopped the cacao, and didn't get anymore acne during my clean diet.

And in fact, most of the time my diet is not very clean. I eat a lot of fried food, a lot of sugar, a lot of dairy. And yet, the ONLY time I have acne problems is when I eat chocolate. The higher quality and darker the chocolate is, the worse my acne response. The only other thing that seems to exacerbate my acne is drinks sweetened with erythritol, and I do not know the connection there, but I have definitely experienced it.

Anyway, I LOVE chocolate, so I still eat it occasionally, and consistently pay for it with cysts in my chin, cheek, or jawline. I have been testing this for years, and for me, chocolate always causes acne. Not sugar, not dairy. CHOCOLATE.

Hope this helps someone. If I had known MY chocolate/acne connection when I was in my twenties (I'm now in my thirties), I would have avoided a LOT of scarring. I used to eat a chocolate bar a day (the really dark stuff) after all the hype was published about how great it was for you. I had up to a hundred zits on my face at all times, it was quite awful. I am certainly going to educate my own children on this when they get to that acne age, since they almost certainly will react the same way I do.

That's very interesting. It just occurred to me that I've never tested if cocoa powder was breaking me out. So far my dietary habits have kept my skin in a fairly good state for years, but lately things have been getting slightly worse and I haven't been able to figure out why. I thought it was just emotional stress, but I've been eating lots of very dark chocolate almost on a daily basis as well, so that could be a factor. I think I'm going to cut out all cocoa for a while and see if that changes anything.

Although damn it, this is going to be hard :(

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:05 PM

Can caffeine/coffee cause acne? or is that a myth? because I usually have 2-3 cups of coffee a day

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

Isn't the bottom line on this, as it appears to be with all forms of treatment whether they are diet modification, OTC topicals, prescriptions, lifestyle choices even Accutane, as we are all different though the same (we are all acne prone) and we all react to different things in different ways (as we do in all parts of our life) that it depends on the individual and it's really up to us to use all the help that's available, here on acne.org and other places, to find what works best for us? There is no magic cure unfortunately.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:20 PM

I'VE GOT THE SOLUTION TO THE MASTURBATION-ACNE PROBLEM THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER: 
 


And this is it: After you masturbate/have sex, the semen that is ejaculated sometimes does not come out completely from the penis.  So what needs to be done is  that you should  grab a tissue paper and squeeze the penis until ALL of the semen is out from the penis. If you do this , you wont get any pimples.  My theory why this works is that, the unejaculated semen causes some hormone imbalance or something like that while leads to pimples. If it is squeezed out, you wont get any pimples. In addition, makes sure to drink 3-4 glasses of water immediately afterwards. While the reason this method works isn't fully explained scientifically, IT HAS EMPIRICAL PROOF. It seems to work, so why not give it a go?

Try this out and see if this works for you, it is definitely promising. 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:32 AM

I think your theory is bs. lol.

 

Hormonal imbalance by leaving your semen on your penis ? lol.

 

I believe sex / masturbation causes natural raise of DHA in your bloodstream so that causes acne, also more testosterone... acne.

 

Check my personal story : choco indeed is a bad no-no for acne... and sugar, that is the most evil of them all.

 

http://www.acne.org/...r/#entry3390896



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:29 PM

Seems right, ppl denying it just dont want to stop eating chocolate

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:19 PM

noooooo not chocolate! please...






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