How to Save Your Skin by Reducing Your Sugar Consumption
For those who have
food allergies, know someone with them and/or don't want to give out candy this
year: paint a pumpkin teal, and put it on your doorstep this
Halloween. Why? The Teal Pumpkin Project is a public awareness
campaign designed by FoodAllergy.org to
raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for
Halloween time is
here, and in addition to fun costumes and scary movies, it means lots and lots
of candy! While there's nothing wrong with getting in the holiday spirit and
indulging in a few sweet treats, lots of excess sugar can be a real terror on
your skin. So, before you reach for a handful of candy corn or another mini
candy bar, take a look at some of the facts on sugar and how you can keep your
Halloween sweet but acne free.
can sugar affect the skin?
In large quantities, sugar can damage your
skin in two primary ways -inflammation
and eventually, glycation. Inflammation leaves your skin feeling
swollen, looking red, and prone to new acne breakouts. This condition shrinks
your pores (due to swelling) and makes your skin generally more sensitive to
irritants, and these are both things that can spur on a breakout.
Additionally, when sugar is digested, its
molecules attach themselves to the collagen and elastin molecules in your skin.
When this process, known as glycation, occurs, your skin's cells become stiff
and malformed - and this leads not only to an increased risk of breakouts but also
poor skin health in general, including wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.
Here are some of our general tips on sugar
to check labels: When purchasing candy for the
holidays, always take a look at the label before you buy. Most candy
includes GMO's and has high sugar content. We get it - you look
forward to those peanut butter cups and candy bars all year
long. So if you have to indulge, atleast check the sugar
content (which may sway your decision!).
good substitutes: Visit a local organic market
to search for candy that is lower in sugar content, and have an associate
help you to choose something without scary ingredients. If you can't
pronounce an ingredient, most likely, it's not good for you. If
you're thinking, well,
maybe I'll just find a sugar-free candy...think again.
The sugar in these treats has to be replaced with something, and most of
the time it's replaced with artificial sweeteners, which are in general no
good for your body.
your sugar limits: Many different organizations
have established recommendations for how much sugar a person should have
each day, and while these figures have some variation, they are generally
around the same amount. Most experts recommend no more than 37.5 grams per
day for men and 25 grams per day for women. And for kids, depending
on their age, this number is even lower at between 12-16 grams.
be fooled by fruit: While fruit might seem like a
healthy alternative to all the processed treats of the season, too
much of a good thing can still be dangerous. Naturally
occurring glucose, like that found in fruit, should still be factored into
your daily intake amount. While fruit is an important part of a healthy
diet, limit yourself to 3, ½ cup servings each day.
It's true that too much sugar can cause damage
to your skin and overall health, but if you keep your sweet tooth in check most
of the year and only splurge on special occasions like Halloween, you're doing
ok. Don't let your fear of sugar spook you out of enjoying life!
Have a fun and safe Halloween...
With a promise of clear skin,