Think Before You Eat: How Holiday Treats Impact Your Skin

The holiday season is filled with parties, seasonal get-togethers, and a lot of holiday treats.  Sugar cookies, cookie dough balls, chocolates, egg nog, and pie are some of the common go-to winter time treats laid out at parties.  While they can be very tasty, high amounts of sugar and dairy can be bad for your skin.  As our holiday gift from your local dermatologist in Winston-Salem to you, we want to let you know the effects of common holiday treats have on your skin.

Sweets: Think about a desert table at your next party, filled with pies, cookies, frosted cupcakes, and a whole bunch of decadent bite sized treats.  They all have two things in common, they’re delicious and they’re filled with simple sugars.  Simple sugars, like refined sugar, will quickly increase your blood sugar and increase the amount of insulin in your body.  Large amounts of insulin will trigger your skin to start producing extra sebum oil which will make your skin greasy and clog up your pores, causing an acne break out.

Carbs: Most crackers, bread, and cakes are filled with carbs.  Carbs break down into simple sugars which will increase your insulin levels and you’ll run into the same problem as above.  Insulin produces sebum oil, sebum oil make your skin oily, and oily skin leads to acne.

Dairy: Egg nog is a holiday favorite and is a common sight around this time of year.  Egg nog, as with all dairy products, can cause acne to flare up.  The direct link between the two hasn’t been discovered just yet, but there is a correlation between excessive dairy and acne outbreaks.  You might want to treat egg nog as a treat instead of your drink of choice this winter.

Alcohol: Many people consume alcohol to battle the cold weather and relax at the end of the year, from winter themed beers to festive wine and cocktails.  Alcohol also dehydrates your body which can make your skin look older than it actually is.  Make the effort to drink water when you drink alcohol so you don’t get dehydrated.

When you do treat yourself to holiday treats, for the sake of your skin don’t over indulge, your skin will thank you later.

Psychodermatology: How Stress Affects Your Skin

Stress, by default, isn’t fun.  It can cause nail biting, panic attacks, high level of anxiety, sleepless nights, and even stomach pains which just aren’t fun symptoms to have.  High levels of stress can even cause skin problems and other health complications.  Psychodermatology is the branch of dermatology that studies the effect of your mental state on your overall skin health.  This is important because high levels of stress can wreak havoc on your body and agitate pre-existing skin conditions, such as psoriasis.  Simply understanding that stress causes your skin to break out or rile up your psoriasis is a big step in the right direction towards healthy skin.  When you know why your skin breaks out, you can stop it from happening in the future. [Read more…]

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