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How sugar affects your skin.

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We’re not big on scare tactics here, but with Halloween just around the corner, we thought a little fright was alright. And with all that candy around, what better time for a friendly heads up on what too many fun-sized Snickers can do to your face?

Here’s how sugar affects your skin.

It leads to wrinkles:

When you eat a lot of sugar, your body goes through a process called glycation. During this process, a substance called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) are created, which attack and weaken the collagen in your skin. Collagen is like the scaffolding inside your skin that keeps it from sagging and wrinkling, so weaker collagen means more wrinkles.

It causes breakouts:

Eating too much sugar leads to a decrease in white blood cells, the good guys that fight infection, leaving your skin vulnerable to acne-causing bacteria. Sugar also triggers your body to produce a stress hormone called cortisol, which increases oil production and exacerbates breakouts.

It increases inflammation:

Sugar skyrockets your insulin level. When insulin increases, so does inflammation. This increase in inflammation can aggravate existing skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.

We know how tempting those tasty treats can be but if clear, healthy-looking skin is important to you, don’t dip into the trick-or-treat stash too much.

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