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Foods That Are Bad For the Skin

Is Sugar Your Skin's Enemy?

I have a sweet tooth. There, I said it. I have to control myself around bulk candy because otherwise I'll fill up that plastic bag with a heap of sugary treats, only to scarf it all down with lightning speed. Everyone needs to get a little sweet carb fix in now and then, but is sugar the enemy when it comes to your skin?

I consulted with Dr. Adrienne Denese, who has her own line of skin products, sold through QVC, to find out. "Sugar is your skin’s worst internal enemy," Denese confirmed. Shucks. "However, just to keep things in perspective, the detrimental power of sugar does not even hold a candle to the destructive power of your skin’s worst enemy: the sun."

So, while I've got it right in the sunscreen department, it looks like this Sugar gal needs to put the kibosh on that candy bin aisle. What is good for your skin? As suspected, a diet high in fruits, proteins, and vegetables will provide the best results, keeping the refined sugars out — or at least to a minimum, advised Denese.


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la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 8 years
ive cut my sugar in take soo much because i kinda had a feeling.. .
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Swedish fish!!! *insert Homer Simpson-ish gargly drooly sound here* And did you know there is also a such thing as chocolate covered gummi bears??!! *another Homer Simpson drooly gargle with head thrown back until passes out*
emalove emalove 8 years
Good to know...luckily, I do not really have much of a sweet tooth.
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 8 years
I wholeheartedly believe this! I stopped eating sugar and other refined carbohydrates—mainly to lose weight. I noticed my chin stopped breaking out though. I think I have hormonal acne exacerbated by sugar. It is HARD doing this, but my body likes it.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
I wanted to buy organic gummi bears this afternoon... Really weird I didn't.
minze minze 8 years
ahhhh! I have the sweetest tooth ever. EVER. gotta have that sugar fix! But there's hope. David Wolfe says raw chocolate (cacao) is a superfood loaded with minerals. sugar free, but yummy!
sham28 sham28 8 years
I bought and ate some sugar free gummi bears as a result of this post, that's high- impact journalism!
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
totally bad on my skin. I just discovered Swedish Fish and have been eating them non stop for like a week and my skin got horrible when it was clear...but I just can't quit Swedish Fish lol
ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
gummi bears....omg. thanks bella for reminding me to get some! yum. Sugar may be bad for the skin but what is life without candyyyy!
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
On our honeymoon, my husband and I indulged in 5 pounds of candy from a bulk candy store-- we're not usually candy eaters, but that was a divine indulgence until we got tummy aches!!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
foods with low glycemic index are a must for healthy skin. that's why i opted sugar to fructose. it has 15 index only :) out of 100.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Oh my God... gummi bears..... I'll be right back. :)
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