With Halloween here, we are all eating more sugar. If you’ve noticed increased skin inflammation or other changes to your skin, you may be wondering whether it is truly the result of your sugar intake or if that is just a coincidence. While we often hear that sugar can lead to pimples, many people also believe this is an old wives’ tale. The truth is that ingesting too much sugar can lead to skin inflammation in addition to other skin issues.
Sugar Spikes Skin Inflammation
When you eat a lot of sugary snacks, or when you eat a lot of carbs, which convert into sugars, your blood sugar will naturally spike. In order to counter this, your body produces a surge of insulin that helps to balance your blood sugars. Unfortunately, the increase in insulin causes a flare up of existing skin inflammation. This means that conditions such as rosacea and eczema can worsen considerably when you are eating too much sugar.
Sugar Breaks Down Collagen
Another little-known side effect of eating too much sugar is that it breaks down the collagen in your skin. Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and prevents it from sagging or developing fine lines and wrinkles. As you age, your body will naturally begin to produce less collagen and you will need to fill in the gaps with natural collagen substitutes in your skin care products. If you do not want this process to start any sooner than it would naturally, it is important to avoid excessive sugar in your diet, even around Halloween.
Sugar Worsens Allergic Reactions
One of the more unfortunate consequences of eating too much sugar is that it suppresses your white blood cells, which help your body fight off infections. When this happens, your body is less able to respond to allergic reactions, making them much more intense than they would otherwise be. This is not limited to skin care products that may cause a reaction in your skin but can also include any existing food allergies. Folks who know that they have allergies need to be especially careful about their sugar intake to avoid a dangerous reaction.
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