There are many reasons why the skin becomes damaged. One of the biggest reasons is over-exposure to the sun’s UV rays which can cause premature aging and skin cancer. However, another big contributor to skin problems is sugar, because it affects overall health, and therefore the skin.

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How Sugar Affects the Skin

There is quite a bit of information available as to how sugar affects health, however, there is not much information as to how it impacts the skin. Excess consumption of sugar can actually accelerate the aging process, which can speed up the development of wrinkles and contribute to many other skin issues.

Inflammation: Sugar consumption causes spikes in blood sugar, which results in inflammation. This can cause the skin to look red, dull, and unhealthy.

Collagen: Collagen is a very important protein to maintaining beautiful, youthful-looking skin because it makes the skin firm, smooth, and elastic. The glucose in sugar breaks down the collagen in your skin and causes the body to produce less collagen, which can cause more fine lines and wrinkle development.

Blood Sugar Variations: Excess sugar consumption can cause rapid spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. This can lead to acne breakouts and flare-ups of certain skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

 

Take Action: Cut Down on Sugar

The negative effects of sugar on your skin can be reduced if the daily intake of sugar is reduced.

In order to reduce sugar intake, it is important to look at the sugar content of the food and drink that is consumed. Many of the foods that are consumed on a daily basis contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup, such as bread, sauces, and snacks. Food also contains carbohydrates, which are found in many foods such as white bread, fruit juice, etc. These carbohydrates break down into glucose, which is a form of sugar. It is important to be aware of the ingredients that are in the foods that are eaten. The nutritional labels will list the ingredients, such as sugar, corn syrup, and carbohydrates, etc.

It is important to reduce sugar intake in order to eliminate the negative effects on the skin and body, however, some sugar is healthy for the body. It is best to use foods that have a low to moderate amount in order to have a healthy body and healthy skin.

 

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