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This Is What Sugar Is Doing To Your Skin

ELLE logo ELLE 2018-09-12 Nikki Chowdury
But Have you ever considered what your sugar intake is doing to your skin? Always floating in the back of our minds when it comes to your weight or health, Sugar is equally harmful when it comes to your skin.: This Is What Sugar Is Doing To Your Skin © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd This Is What Sugar Is Doing To Your Skin

Sugar is the one ingredient always floating around in the back of our minds when it comes to weight—but have you considered what your sugar intake is doing to your skin?

According to a large number of dermatologists (including Gweneth Paltrow's and Kim Kardashian's dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer) a high intake of sugar can trigger hormonal shifts in the body that lead to a poor complexion.

If you're wondering what 'sugar face' looks like, here are a few characteristics to look out for:

• Lines and wrinkles on the forehead

• Sagging under the eyes

• Gaunt look to the face

• Painful pustular spots all over the face

• Thinning of the skin

• A grey/pasty white hue to the skin

• Thinner eyebrows

This is because sugar causes glycation in your skin, which basically destroys collagen—meaning it's less elastic and more prone to wrinkles. It can also disrupt the bacteria in your gut triggering puss-filled spots.

According to Face Mapping (an ancient idea that links parts of your face to organs in your body) your digestive tract is linked to your forehead—so you'll see dry patches and spots there.

a close up of a mans face © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd

In addition, spikes in insulin can put pressure on adrenal glands, which in part control brow growth, so you'll see thinning or sparse brows too.

So next time you crave that afternoon chocolate bar, consider a green tea instead. Your skin will thank you.

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