Even if you’re too old for trick-or-treating, around Halloween it’s not unusual to find yourself surrounded by candy that begs to be eaten. Last year I mentioned that, taken in moderation, treats such as chocolate pose no real threat to clear skin. While this is still mostly true, I should mention that the degree to which high-sugar treats effect your skin really depends upon your metabolism and the body’s supply of Coenzyme-A, which requires vitamin B5 to be produced.
Basically, the idea that “chocolate causes acne” is not necessarily an “acne myth” for everyone. The reason for this is because your body needs to use resources in order to metabolize all that sugar. Specifically, metabolizing a large amount of sugar requires a large amount of Coenzyme-A. Keep in mind that Coenzyme-A is also required to metabolize skin oil. If your metabolism is very efficient and you have an ample surplus of Coenzyme-A available, this is not a problem. However, for some people the process of metabolizing high-sugar foods such as candy can essentially sap your body of some of the resources needed to metabolize skin oil and prevent acne. For these people, chocolate causing acne is not a myth at all.
Vitamin B5 acne treatment is particularly effective in these cases, as it directly works to increase your available supply of Coenzyme-A (vitamin B5 is one of the main ingredients required for the body to make Co-A, the other ingredients are produced by the body on its own). So if you feel that sweets are causing you to break out, don’t simply dismiss the possibility. Lower your sugar intake and consider using vitamin B5 to increase your body’s supply of Coenzyme-A.