New York: Chocolate may increase inflammation that aggravates acne, a new small-scale study has found.Researchers at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands, collected blood samples from participants before and after they ate 48 g of chocolate, each day for four days.The chocolate contained about 30 per cent cocoa.They then exposed the blood cells to bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, which contribute to acne when they grow inside clogged pores and cause pores to become inflamed, and to Staphylococcus aureus, another skin bacteria that can aggravate acne.After eating chocolate, the seven participants` blood cells produced more interleukin-1b, a marker of immune system inflammation, when exposed to Propionibacterium acnes.This suggests chocolate consumption could increase the inflammation that contributes to acne, the researchers said.
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