Blood Sugar & Skin

Blood Sugar & Skin

Two Ways Blood Sugar Affects Skin: 

1. Acne - High blood sugar could drive the production of androgen hormones responsible for acne by telling the body to make more insulin.

2. Collagen Disruption - High blood sugar could cause high levels of advanced glycation end products (ages), which may disrupt collagen integrity.

Labs can unlock the underlying root issue(s) behind skin concerns. As mentioned in this post, blood sugar may affect skin resiliency & contribute to hormone imbalances behind acne.

*Clean Skin Club team's research below*

Your skin tells your story, and skin health is a reflection of inner health. Blood sugar levels play a significant role in skin health, particularly regarding acne and collagen disruption. Elevated blood sugar can exacerbate acne by triggering inflammation and increasing oil production in the skin, leading to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Additionally, high blood sugar levels can disrupt collagen production and accelerate the breakdown of collagen fibers in the skin, contributing to premature aging and the formation of wrinkles. Therefore, maintaining stable blood sugar levels through a balanced diet and lifestyle can help support healthy skin and minimize acne and collagen-related issues.

Blood sugar levels can have a significant impact on the skin in several ways. Two of them being acne and collagen disruption as previously discussed in this blog. Four other ways are...

1. Inflammation - Elevated blood sugar levels can cause inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. This can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, making them more red, swollen, and itchy.

2. Premature Aging - High blood sugar levels can lead to a process called glycation, where sugar molecules attach to proteins in the skin, such as collagen and elastin. This can weaken the skin's structure, leading to sagging, wrinkles, and premature aging.

3. Dark Spots - High blood sugar levels can contribute to the formation of dark spots and hyperpigmentation on the skin, a condition known as melasma. This occurs due to increased production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color.

4. Dryness - Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect the skin's ability to retain moisture, leading to dryness, flakiness, and dullness. This can compromise the skin's barrier function and make it more susceptible to irritation and infection.

Overall, maintaining stable blood sugar levels through a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and proper skincare can help promote healthy skin and prevent many of the negative effects associated with elevated blood sugar levels.

Thank you for reading! 

This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Bryant Esquejo, Licensed Naturopathic Doctor and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Bryant, please shoot us an email, and follow him Instagram @dr.bryant