Are you a sugar addict? You may worry about the impact that sugar has to your waistline and your brain, but do you know that sugar can make your skin look older?
Research has found that diets high in sugar may not be so sweet for your skin, causing wrinkles, sagging and possibly even acne. Sugar can trigger a process known as glycation—meaning that sugars in the bloodstream can attach to protein and create a by-product that damages collagen and elastin, leading to connective tissue damage in your skin. Glycation can also discolor your skin, making it look sallow or yellowish, and leave your skin more susceptible to sun damage.
If that’s not bad enough, there is also some evidence that high sugar diets can worsen acne. Sugar triggers a rush of insulin and hormones, which some scientists suspect can stimulate oil production and inflame the skin.
Luckily, there are some ways that you can reverse or prevent some of the damage from your daily dessert habit!
Take the sweet out:
Treat the surface of your skin:
Up the ante on your sun protection:
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