It is no News that sugar can cause weight gain and heart disease. But do you know that sugar can also be responsible for damaged skin?
Skin problems such as wrinkles, acne, and eczema are caused by the delicate amount of sugar we ingest.
If you are someone that canca do without sugar and sugar-ladened foods then there are possibilities that you may be ignorantly damaging your skin.
Below are five ways sugar harms your skin more especially the face.
1. Causes a dehydrated appearance
Just like salt, sugar causes dehydration. Have you ever noticed how thirsty you get after eating a dessert? This is because sugar sucks the water out of our skin. Dehydrated skin may cause some dryness, puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.
2. Causes breakouts
Taking lots of foods that contain a high fragment of glycemic index may lead to inflammation in your body, which affects your skin.
Excess sugar can cause you skin conditions like acne and eczema. It is best to limit the amount of sugar you consume if you’re prone to inflammation. Eating healthy fats, such as nuts and avocados, which are anti-inflammatory and can protect your skin from damage is better.
3. Causes wrinkles
Glycation occurs when sugar links to proteins that form harmful molecules that attack collagen, the protein responsible for keeping our skin firm. There are different types of collagen in our skin, and glycation can affect all of them.
The more sugar you consume, the more likely it is to damage your skin. Furthermore, it becomes more sensitive to sun exposure, which is the leading cause of ageing.
4. Increases inflammation
It is science proven that the moment we eat sugary foods our body produces insulin. This happens in order to stabilize our blood sugar levels. On the other hand, the moment insulin is released in the body, the body inflammation then goes up and it may cause our skin to turn red.
A diet too too high in processed sugar is likely to cause rashes, cystic breakouts, redness, and overall puffiness and discolouration. It is advisable you reduce the amount of sugar you ingest so that you can prevent the appearance of rashes and redness in your skin.
5. Causes sagging
Elastin is responsible for our skin to fully recover which is another protein susceptible to glycation. When your elastin is damaged, it becomes loose which leads to the appearance of sagging.
Those smile lines and smoker’s lines (whether we smoke or not) will surely start to reveal themselves sooner if sugar is constantly a staple in our diet.
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Lifestyle editor at VouxElan, A student doctor at Usman Dan fodio University Sokoto, Sokoto State. A poet and a promising writer.