It seems like an unbelievable oxymoron. I mean, an acne-fighting chocolate?
But it is exactly what this candy claims to be. Called Frutels, this sweet treat supposedly clears your skin from the inside out. Frutels maker's claim their dark chocolate candy works to alleviate the internal causes of acne, namely hormone fluctuations, stress, and the effects of a high-glycemic index diet.
They call their product a nutraceutical. The idea is the candy acts like a super multi-vitamin, giving your body what it needs to fight off stress, ease hormonal fluctuations and boost nutrition levels. This chocolate isn't cheap, at nearly $40 for a one month supply. And, of course, the results haven't been proven or even evaluated by the FDA.
You can't dispute that, as far as candy goes, this one is healthier that what you find at the checkout counter in the grocery store. It sounds like the ultimate "designer chocolate", high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and sugar-free to boot.
But is it a stretch to say a dark chocolate, even one full of vitamins and minerals, can help clear acne? Comments from dermatologists I have spoken with ranged from "an interesting concept" to "absolute hogwash."
So, it probably isn't the wonder cure we've been searching for (the old "if it sounds too good to be true" adage). But I love chocolate, so I'd be tempted to eat these no matter what they did for my skin.
But what really bothers me is the fact that Frutels manufacturer maintains you don't need any other acne treatments besides their chocolate. They claim if your acne is severe, just eat more of their candy! I'm concerned people may stop using their proven acne medications in place of a remedy that is uncertain, at best.
I want to hear what you think. Could a chocolate candy could actually improve acne? Sound off on the acne forum.