Did you know one regular soda, just ONE, has enough sugar for a whole week? CRAZY. Catchup is over half sugar. Too much sugar can wreak havoc with your skin. The American diet has way too much. All the pre-packaged foods and take out is full of it.
Let’s examine how sugar affects your skin. Sugar’s oxidative properties can provoke acne and breakouts. Sugar and foods high on the glycemic index (meaning foods that, once ingested, convert quickly into glucose and cause your body’s insulin levels to elevate), lead to a burst of inflammation that goes throughout your entire body. Foods high in sugar and saturated fats – like white bread, candy, fried foods, ice cream, sodas, and anything else with a main ingredient of sugar – cause spikes in your body’s insulin levels that further exacerbate inflammation. Steep insulin spikes increase the production of skin oils and contribute to the clogging of follicles, which can worsen skin complexion.
Your body breaks down “simple carbohydrates”, like refined sugars and white flour, rapidly converting them into glucose, which then floods the bloodstream. When this occurs, your body reacts by producing insulin to counter the glucose-insulin levels spike, leading to inflammation-producing enzymes which attach to your body’s collagen through an oxidative process known as glycation. This process breaks down collagen and elastin, contributing to aged, sagging and wrinkled looking skin. Glycation not only increases the appearance of aging but also can aggravate particular skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. (Glycation also occurs internally, affecting connective tissue and joints!)
Let’s all be healthier. It will show on our skin.