How sugar affects your skin

Having a bad day? Always reaching for that chocolate bar or soda?

Did you know that other than all the other benefits of eating consciously and mindfully, balance in your diet can in many ways help out your skin? Yes, that’s right. Cutting down on your sugar intake is a crucial step to acne-free skin, making you glow from the inside out! But how?

Sugar can be hard to resist – who doesn’t enjoy a treat or two while watching a movie or a cup of hot chocolate on a cold rainy day? But satisfying your sweet tooth does not have a good relationship with your skin and can be the root of many skin concerns.

Sugar and high-glycemic foods which quickly convert to sugar is not good for your skin. These types of foods up your insulin levels, putting unnatural demands on your body. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and is responsible for storing and using sugar.

Sugar exacerbates conditions such as acne and there is evidence to show sugar can trigger acne formation in the skin. This is because of the increase in levels of insulin following the intake of sugar which increases activity in oil glands and inflammation, leading to pimple-prone skin. And so, you guessed it – you’ll want to keep your insulin levels balanced if you want to keep your acne under control.

Did you know that a sugary diet creates the perfect environment for acne to thrive? Not only does it increase inflammation and oil production, it also suppresses your immune system and leaves you vulnerable to acne-causing bacteria lurking on your skin. The excess oil creates a greasy environment for bacteria to grow and populate. Yikes!

Food with a high-glycemic index are known as simple carbohydrates. The worst offenders of these types of food are sugar, white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, pizza, packaged treats & soda. It is important to know which foods to avoid and to think twice before you #treatyourself, what’s inside can show on the outside, and our skin is the largest organ of the body! Ever noticed how great you feel after a wholesome meal? Your skin feels great, too.

Diet alone can’t solve everything with your skin but combined with a skin-smart home care routine and self-care, you can make big improvements in your skin by taking these small steps. Less sugar = better skin. Balance and setting limits for yourself is truly worth it – everything in moderation is key!

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