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For years, rumors have circulated that candy causes acne. As a woman with a sweet tooth, I’ve always been hesitant to believe these claims. I mean, come on—how could something so delicious be bad for my skin? However, as it turns out, there may be some truth to the rumor after all. Here’s a closer look at the connection between candy and acne.The Science Behind the RumorThere are two main ways that candy can contribute to breakouts: by increasing blood sugar levels and by promoting inflammation. Let’s take a closer look at each of these:Blood Sugar Levels: spikes in blood sugar levels can trigger a hormonal response in the body, which can lead to an increase in sebum production. Sebum is an oily substance that helps keep our skin moisturized—but too much of it can clog pores and lead to breakouts.Inflammation: certain types of candy contain inflammatory ingredients like refined flour and additives. These ingredients can trigger inflammation in the body, which can show up on the skin in the form of redness, swelling, and pimples.So, should you swear off candy for good? Not necessarily. Moderate amounts of candy are unlikely to cause excessive spikes in blood sugar or promote inflammation. However, if you find that you’re breaking out every time you indulge in your sweet tooth, it may be worth cutting back on the candy—at least for the sake of your skin! Candy might be delicious, but it could also be contributing to your acne breakouts. The next time you’re reaching for a sugary snack, keep in mind that moderation is key—both for your waistline and your skin!
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