How Sugar Is Destroying Our Skin

Press   |    October 8, 2019

What is sugar doing to our skin?

Glycation is a definite buzzword right now, and as the global war on sugar rages on (twenty-six countries have already imposed a sugary drinks tax and Australia continues to implement policies and campaigns relating to sugar) we also continue to gain a better understanding as to what sugar is doing to age our skin. We decided to chat to Dr Katherine Armour; Dermatologist and co-founder of Bespoke Skin Technology.

Glycation is an irreversible process which results when sugar molecules attach to proteins such as collagen and elastin, creating crosslinked proteins. The end result is the creation of advanced glycation end products or AGEs. The formation of AGEs in collagen makes the skin stiffer and leads to a loss of the skin’s plumpness. When AGEs affect elastin, the skin is rendered less able to rebound, and is less supple. If we look under a microscope at this elastin, we can see that the elastin is abnormally clumped together. Dermatologists called this finding “solar elastosis.” It is thought that excess dietary intake of processed sugars and poor control of blood sugars leads to glycation.

 

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