Sugar face: real or hoax?
Written by Kelsey McGillis
Everyone you talk to likely has differing opinions about what you should and shouldn’t be eating – some pointing to milk, gluten or meat as the root of all health problems. Recently, many have begun focusing on what’s referred to as the “3 white devils”. With a name like that, you’d expect the absolute worst. However, these 3 supposedly evil foods are probably in your cabinet right now – salt, sugar and refined flour. Linked with weight gain, increased stress and bad skin, these ingredients have certainly gotten bad reps.
Enter the term “sugar face.” Though it might sound like a sweet nickname, it is actually being used to describe the way skin looks after consuming excess sugar. The idea is that “[sugar] breaks down collagen, the springy substance that makes your skin look plump, youthful, and lifted,” according to TheCut. But how much truth is there in this bold claim?
According to DLK on Avenue’s Dr. Lisa Kellett, very little. “Your skin reflects your internal health, but when you eat something, it is broken down to metabolites… there is not one entity.” In other words, sugar itself likely isn’t the root cause of your skin woes. So before you toss that vanilla latte, remember that moderation is key in all aspects of life.
“Some people break out, for example, if they eat a certain type of food, but there is no evidence to suggest that eating only chocolate means more blemishes”, adds Kellett.
A healthy diet is always a good idea for your general wellbeing, but obsessing over certain ingredients is never the right way to go about things.