Acne-Clearing Chocolate: a Delicious Surprise or Too Sweet to Be True?
Some believe that chocolate can cause or exacerbate acne, leading many acne-sufferers to give up the sweet treat. However, Frutels, a company that specializes in nutraceutical candies, begs to differ. They created the ultimate treatment for acne: a delicious, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate filled with nutrients that are hand-chosen to provide complexion-clarifying benefits.
Based on Frutels’ original gummy acne treatment, their chocolates contain a slew of vitamins that supposedly heal and prevent blemishes from the inside out by addressing stress, hormone and dietary issues. The chocolate formula is sugar-free, Kosher, vegetarian and a natural acne product. The company also claims that their chocolates are free of side effects, which some people disagree with. The chocolates contain an artificial sweetener called maltitol that can act as a laxative in high doses or on an empty stomach. This ingredient is also known to cause migraines in a very small number of people. (Please note that most people are able to use Frutels without incidence.)
Because Frutels is ingested, the candies may be used to treat acne that occurs on the face, back, chest, buttocks or anywhere else on the body. This makes it a good multi-tasking choice for those who experience breakouts in more than one area. Of course, the most important question when it comes to any acne product has not yet been addressed: is Frutels effective? Let’s take a quick peek at the formula’s active ingredients to find out if the clarifying treats have the ingredients needed to back up these claims.
Each serving of Frutels chocolates (2 pieces) contains the following:
- 50 mg Vitamin C
- 7 mg Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
- 7 mg Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 7 mg Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- 7 mg B6
- 7 mg Biotin (Vitamin B7)
- 7 mg Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- 7 mg PABA (Vitamin BX)
- 7 mg Choline
- 7 mg Inositol (Vitamin B8)
- 3.34 mg Zinc
- 27 mcg Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
- 7 mcg B12
Based on the active ingredient list, Frutels contains many vitamins and antioxidants, both of which contribute to clear skin. The B vitamins in particular help balance sex hormones, one of the main causes of acne. Zinc, which speeds wound healing while providing other beneficial actions, is often used to treat acne and support the skin’s overall health. Plus, the fact that these nutrients are packed into naturally antioxidant-rich dark chocolate means that each active ingredient is more readily absorbed by the body.
User reviews of the product are varied. Some claim to notice an almost immediate improvement in their acne. Others say that the price ($29.95 for a one month supply for those with mild acne, $58.95 for a one month supply for those with more severe acne) is simply not worth the results, or lack thereof. As with most things, you’ll only be able to find out if it works for you by trying the chocolates yourself. Frutels does offer a money back guarantee on your first purchase – 100% of your initial purchase amount (minus shipping and handling) will be refunded if you return your empty boxes within 60 days of purchase.