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acne sufferers try to avoid certain foods under the belief that they are the
cause of their breakouts. While there are some problems with this line of
reasoning, it's definitely true that the things we put into our bodies have an
effect on them, and most people would be wise to more closely consider the
consequences of their diet.
thing that our typical modern diet is loaded with is sugar. From sweets and
breads to pasta sauce, it's difficult to find products that aren't full of the
stuff. Summer happens to be one of those "sweeter" times of year with
sugary drinks, ice creams and even fruits (ex. grapes, cherries and bananas are
loaded with sugar).
have clearly demonstrated that too much sugar can lead to any number of health
problems, like diabetes and obesity, but can sugar also affect the health of
answer to this question is not so clean cut. Scientific knowledge about the
link between acne and sugar is continually being revised as new studies shed
light on the subject including the impact of different types of sugars.
In short, sugar can play a huge role in making your acne worse or
priming your skin for breakouts in the future. However, it's not quite accurate
to say that sugar is a primary cause of acne, though.
people talk about the effects of sugar on the skin, someone is bound to mention
inflammation. While we normally think of inflammation as a nuisance, it's
actually part of an ingenious process that your body uses to protect
itself-when your skin is exposed to a potentially harmful irritant, your body
attempts to get rid of it, and inflammation is a sign that this process is
occurring. Unfortunately, the inflammation process can leave your skin looking
less-than-perfect, and sugar is an easy way to trigger it.
our bodies digest sugar, the molecules attach themselves to our collagen in a
process known as glycation. Collagen is a special type of protein that is
absolutely necessary for healthy skin-it's what gives skin its strength and
elasticity and it is often called the brick and mortar of skin. During the
glycation process, your collagen begins to deteriorate, which leads to things
like dull, wrinkled skin. However, glycation can also lead to inflammation,
which can either make your current acne breakout worse or make you more
susceptible to breakouts in the future.
you're looking to cut excess sugar out of your diet, you're going to have to
learn to read labels to check ingredients and revise those comfort food and
"healthy" snack recipes. Food manufacturers are notorious for
sneaking sugar into their products under a variety of names-including
sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, molasses, and brown rice syrup. Watch out
for names like these, and always check to see how many total grams of sugar are
in your foods. Most physicians recommend that men limit their daily sugar
intake to 37.5 grams and that women limit theirs to 25 grams.
obvious offenders like sodas and sweets, but also watch out for products that
you might not suspect as being high in sugar, like ketchup, yogurt, and
granola. Whole fruit is also high in sugar, and some fruits are actually worse
than others. See the list below for high, moderate and low sugar fruits.
you can see, a diet that is high in sugar can help perpetuate the vicious cycle
of acne. However, is it the original cause? The answer to this question is a
begins when your sebaceous glands, which are located directly below your skin,
overproduce skin oil-known as sebum. This excess sebum clogs your pores and
allows acne-causing bacteria to flourish, which leads to the all-too-familiar blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts.
overproduction of sebum is caused by an imbalance in your hormone levels. This imbalance
can come from many things like puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, but the one
thing it can come from is diet alone! Therefore, expecting dietary changes to
eliminate your acne entirely will leave you disappointed when you don't receive
the results you were looking for.
to effectively treat acne you must address the root of the problem-that is an
over production of sebum and factors that may over stimulate your sebaceous
glands such as hormonal imbalance. AcnEase does this in a safe, natural way by
regulating their effect on your sebaceous glands, which means that you'll see
improvement in your current breakout as well as a decreased risk in future
sugar is something that most of us are consuming far too much of and that can
exasperate acne and have an adverse effect on skin health and looks, it's not
the primary cause of your acne. Reducing your intake can help minimize your
outward symptoms, but until you address your acne at its root, your breakouts
will continue to persist.
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