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How sugar is ruining your skin

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on February 9, 2016

Far too many of us are addicted to sugar, a problem that’s made worse by the fact it’s in most of the things we eat. Sugar is in almost every processed food, from chocolate to bread. Often we don’t even realise how much of it we’re consuming.

The problem is not only that sugar leads to weight gain, diabetes and even heart disease, but too much sugar can also wreak havoc on your skin. From causing breakouts and acne to making you more prone to premature aging, sugar and healthy skin don’t go hand in hand.

The main reason sugar causes damage to our skin is glycation. This is a natural process where the sugar in our blood attaches to proteins, to create harmful molecules called AGE’s. The more sugar you consume, the more of these your body produces and the more damage is done. Of course, the question is, what exactly do AGE’s cause damage to and what are the other effects of sugar?

It damages collagen and elastin causing wrinkles
When it comes to keeping your skin firm and smooth, collagen and elastin are your best friends. However, sugar doesn’t get on with these substances and damages the proteins in them, leaving them dry and brittle. It’s this that makes your skin more prone to wrinkling. On a cellular level, sugar eats the collagen and elastin, affecting the appearance of your skin. The only way to prevent this from occurring is to decrease your sugar consumption.

Makes you more prone to sun damage
The number one cause of premature aging is sun damage. To keep our skin free from sun damage, we’re told to cover up with SPF protection every time we leave the house. What many of us don’t know, however, is that AGE’s deactivate your body’s enzymes, leaving your skin more prone to sun damage.

Causes inflammation
One of the worst ways sugar ruins your skin is by causing inflammation in the body. When we eat sugar it causes our blood sugar levels to rise and then quickly drop, which causes inflammation. It’s this inflammation that leads to breakouts and blemishes. If you’re prone to acne and other skin blemishes, it’s best to avoid sugar wherever possible.

Leads to dehydration
When we eat sugar, our skin becomes dry and dehydrated. This is because the sugar molecules suck all the water out of our skin, leaving it dry, dull and dehydrated. Too much sugar can also make under eye bags puffier and darker. If you reduce your sugar consumption or stop eating it altogether, you’ll notice that your skin will look and feel healthier.
Sadly, sugar can wreak havoc on our skin in many ways, from making us more prone to wrinkles to causing breakouts. That’s why it’s best to reduce your sugar consumption by avoiding processed foods.

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