'Sugar face' may not be real, but here's what sugar can do to your skin

September 21, 2018

We all know excessive refined sugar isn't doing anything beneficial for our internal health, but what can it actually to do our skin? There is no evidence-based research that suggests sugar itself can change the way your skin looks or feels, and more research is needed on that topic as a whole. Dermatologist Dr. Julia Carroll of Compass Dermatology added the definite link between sugar and your skin comes down to sugar falling into the carb category. "In terms of glycation, we do see more AGEs (advanced glycation endproducts) in older skin, especially diabetic skin," she told Global News. " There are laboratory links between AGEs and skin wrinkling. However, its not clear that increased sugar consumption leads to the increased AGEs and therefore wrinkles." She also said there is some evidence that could suggest that foods with a high glycemic index or high carb foods can exacerbate acne, but it's only a contributing factor. Other experts in the past have said simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to "a burst of inflammation throughout the body," HuffPost said. The site also noted this inflammation creates enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. "Plus, the more sugar you eat, the more likely it is you'll develop insulin resistance, which can manifest as excess hair growth (hirsutism) and dark patches on the neck and in body creases." And while these findings may make it seem like sugar can ruin your skin, experts said it's important to remember not one single food can change the how your skin looks and feels. In fact, it's more important to focus on other ways to improve your skin that have very little to do with diet. https://globalnews.ca/news/4440303/what-sugar-does-to-skin

 


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