Addicted to candy? Those who like to repeat the cake portion or cannot control themselves with sweets should know that, beyond deteriorating the teeth or modifying the silhouette, the sugar conspires against the skin.
Apparently, experts suggest, this substance damages the collagen fibers and, therefore, over time, promotes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
"Sugar is addictive, causes inflammation and negatively affects the quality of collagen through a process known as glycation." The death sentence was given by dermatologist Adriana Raimondi, a member of the Argentine Society of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology.
"The glucose present in sugar (each molecule of sugar contains a unit of glucose and one of fructose) reacts with proteins to form glycosylated structures, which accumulate and end up destroying the support of the skin, which is composed of fibers of collagen and elastin, "said the specialist." It is an irreversible process that ends up damaging the elasticity and tonicity of the skin because it becomes stiff and looks aged."
On the other hand, as he explained, " sugars also induce inflammatory processes and worsen acne and rosacea if prone to them. An excess of insulin in the body leads to increased production of androgens and growth factors, which trigger acne breakouts."
The best way to fight this phenomenon is to bet on a good diet.
But how much sugar is a lot of sugar? "Not counting the one found naturally in milk and fruits, the famous added sugar present in an infinite number of industrialized products should not exceed 10% of daily calorie consumption," said Raimondi, who warned: "No we must lose sight of the fact that sugar is hidden under different names in industrialized foods: High fructose corn syrup, honey, dextrose, fructose, glucose, sweetener, malt syrup, lactose, maltose, sucrose, molasses, among many others denominations. Just check the packaging to discover it."
The specialist stressed that "although there are several antiglication products for topical use, with cranberry extract, for example, its efficacy is unknown since they are not able to penetrate the dermis." And he deepened: " Those with retinol or tretinoin can stimulate the production of new collagen and combat the adverse effects of sugar . Topical antioxidants can also be a good complement."
In short, small changes in daily eating can lead to better skin.
Thus, the specialist suggested the consumption of berries (blueberries are ideal) for its low concentration of sugar, its antioxidant power and a high content of vitamin C, which destroys free radicals, causing lines and wrinkles; foods enriched with vitamin A (present in dairy products); Vegetables, fruits, seeds, whole grains, eggs and white meat.
"The effects of a healthy diet will be seen on the skin and we will not want to eat harmful foods again," he concluded.