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holidays are a time where many indulge in sugary things. From the
holiday parties to intimate gatherings, there is so much temptation that
it can sometimes be hard to avoid. But do know this! Sugar REALLY is
bad for your skin and may exacerbate acne as well. Many people wonder
why they can't break the cycle of acne - and this is one major cause.
is not just a part of cookies, candies, cakes or sodas, but it also can
be found in almost every food in your refrigerator from mayo to
Canadian bacon. The ingredient may not say "sugar", and be disguised as
corn syrup (or a word that ends with "syrup"), fructose, lactose (or a
word that ends in "ose"), fruit juice concentrate, sorbitol or xylitol.
When you combine their rather overwhelming presence with foods that
easily and rapidly convert into sugar like potatoes, pasta, crackers and
potato chips, your skin can continually have issues. Remember -
sugarplums should dance in the Nutcracker, not on your table!
Sugar causes two major types of damage to your skin:
Inflammation, that may affect different organs in your body including skin (which is an organ!) and Glycation,
which is a chemical reaction similar to the one that occurs when you
fry meat - collagen (a building block of the skin) deteriorates, and as a
result, your skin loses its elasticity and brightness - basically, it
So how do you decrease your sugar intake, and save your skin?
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