What You Don’t Know About Sugar and Your Skin

By Diane Driscoll February 27, 2013 09:00 AM
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What You Don’t Know About Sugar and Your Skin

According to a leading dermatologist, consumption of sugar affects how you age, how your skin wrinkles and whether or not you have great skin. So what can you do about it? What do we know about sugar?

Dr. Fredric Brandt, celebrated dermatologist with an A-list clientele and best-selling author writes, “Glycation is a natural process during which excess sugar sticks to protein fibers binding them together causing fibers to become dry and brittle. As a result, skin loses its elasticity and becomes more vulnerable to wrinkling, sagging and UV damage. During digestion, carbohydrates are broken down into sugars and absorbed by the body, bringing more of these harmful end products to skin cells. They adhere to cell membranes breaking down collagen, another contributing factor in premature aging.”

So what can be done? You can use an anti-glycation product on your skin such as La Roche-Posay Derm AOX Intensive Anti-wrinkle Radiance Serum with fiber glycation molecules like Carosine, which help prevent sugar from clinging onto to elastin and collagen fibers (Amazon or at  some CVS drug stores  for $33-59.99,) or you can cut back on sugars in your diet. According to healingdaily.com, “The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of microwave meals.” Not to mention all of our favorite deserts and chocolates that we think we can’t live without!  Then there’s all the high-glycemic carbohydrates such as refined flour breads and pastas, potatoes and white rice that add to the problem.

Prior to the 1900s we ate on average only 5 pounds of sugar per person per year. Today that rate is 135 pounds per person per year! The human pancreas was not created to break down that much sugar and as a result, we see a rise in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer as well. It’s no wonder it affects our skin too, our largest organ.

I get complimented on how I have no wrinkles on my face and look ten years younger than my age. A good thing, a great thing, right? I know in part it’s genetic. I know it’s also that I started taking care of my skin at a young age and drink lots of water. But after reading what Dr. Brandt wrote, could it be because I also went years without eating anything with sugar or sugar derivatives in the first five ingredients and still limit my sugar intake? According to Dr. Brandt, that has tremendously helped my skin.

His tip: “Your body needs moderate amounts of sugar for energy, however cells can only handle so much…check labels and avoid added sugars such as cane sugar, corn syrup, fructose, honey and high-glycemic carbohydrates.”

Let me know, weBEgirls readers, if you try this and see any results.