Why You Should Avoid Eating Candy This Halloween

By: Amir Karam MD

Halloween is a fun time of year, but a big part of it is candy. Eating Halloween candy at this time of year can be pretty hard to avoid. It’s easy to overdo it with candy around Halloween–but when it comes to your skin, eating that Halloween candy can actually do more damage than putting a couple of extra pounds on your waistline and negatively impacting your health.

Here are the key reasons to stay on track during Halloween and the holiday season. First, let’s take a look at what sugar does to the skin.

How does sugar affect the skin?

Eating too much sugar and junk food in general is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. A diet high in sugars and highly processed foods can cause mild inflammation in the body, resulting in dull, older-looking skin and acne. Sugar breaks down collagen and elastin the important proteins that provide structure, shape, firmness, and a healthy skin tone. 

What is the result of too much sugar? Over-indulging in Halloween candy can actually lead to drier, duller skin. Over a longer period of time, a poor diet high in sugar and processed foods accelerates the aging process and results in wrinkled, sagging skin with more skin breakouts.

Reversing the negative effects of sugar and junk foods on the skin

If you’re seeing accelerated effects of aging on your skin, these can be effectively reversed. Depending on the severity of the signs of age and what level of rejuvenation you’re looking for, the approach may include surgery, skin treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, or IPL. Regardless of the extent of your approach to reverse skin aging, it will include lifestyle changes and a stellar skincare regimen.

I talk more about both the surgical approach to achieve a lifted, youthful facial shape and effective skincare to achieve beautiful, luminous skin in my video: Plastic Surgeon Reveals Two Signs That You Might Look Older than You Are!

What can be done to help improve and refresh the skin?

Aside from surgery or more advanced skin treatments such as microneedling, these tips can effectively and beautifully renew and transform your skin without requiring a trip to the med spa or a plastic surgeon. Revitalize your skin with the following skincare tips:

Do not smoke and keep your alcohol intake at a moderate level

Junk food and sugars aren’t the only toxins when it comes to knowing what to avoid to achieve youthful, beautiful skin.  Smoking is the top skin aging factor other than sun exposure. Both alcohol and smoking direct toxins into the body that negatively affect your skin–aging it quickly. 

Live a healthy lifestyle

What does this mean? Overall health status means everything when it comes to the skin. The skin is a huge organ, the biggest one of the entire body. The skin reflects the overall health of the body. Keep your body and skin healthy by getting plenty of sleep, exercising well to improve circulation and skin tone, and eating well.

Follow a clean diet

Eat a clean diet with foods packed with antioxidants such as berries, avocados, leafy greens, asparagus, squash, and others that are packed with the nutrients your skin needs to thrive. Supplements are also important to boost the nutrients that make your skin appear fresh and luminous.

Stay hydrated

Unless your skin is properly hydrated, it will appear flat, dull, lax, and more wrinkled. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily and include electrolytes to ensure that your body can properly absorb the fluids you drink. 

Use good sun protection

Aside from smoking, the sun is the number one age accelerator when it comes to the skin. Use an effective, proper sunscreen to protect your skin every day. Look for a non-oily, broad-spectrum product that effectively blocks both UV A and UV B rays.

Put the right skincare products on your face

The right skincare products include the following active ingredients. Use these on your face both morning and night to achieve beautiful, radiant skin. The overall effect of these ingredients on your skin reduces pigmentation and inflammation concerns, boosts collagen production, and hydrates, firms and brightens the skin. Look for these ingredients in your skincare products:

  • Retinol 
  • Niacinimide
  • Vitamin C
  • Growth factors
  • Hyaluronic acid serum and lipids
  • Non-hydroquinone lighteners
  • Peptides

The KaramMD Trifecta 

Dr. Karam spent over a decade as a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon helping patients achieve youthful features and sculpted facial lines with his innovative surgical procedures. However, knowing that beautiful skin can’t be achieved with surgery, he dedicated himself to finding effective, simple skincare solutions to turn back the clock on skin aging and dull or damaged skin quality. Finally, Dr. Karam realized the right products simply weren’t on the market. 

Over the next five years, Dr. Karam devoted himself to researching and crafting the KaramMD Trifecta, his groundbreaking, three-step skincare line. His products include all the vital ingredients you need for luminous, youthful, healthy skin.

Dr. Amir Karam: double board-certified facial plastic surgeon

Dr. Karam is widely recognized as a leading doctor in the field of aesthetic medicine. His passion for helping his clients, his relaxed yet professional approach, and his dedication to helping clients achieve their cosmetic goals set him apart.


  • Mary Jane

    Thank you for your advice on skincare!! It is soooo helpful!!

  • BC

    My question is WHEN in regard to addressing face shape with surgery? Is mid 40’s too early? I don’t want to do this and then have to repeat it in 10 years because I did it too early. Please advise on that doc!

  • Lena Cohen

    Knowledge is Power!!!! I just want to thank you for embarking on us women about our skin and health care because what we take in and the use of topical skin care is crucial

  • Arline Pineda

    I got the trifecta already, but I am afraid to use it because the melasma I have on my cheeks. Please advise

  • Lori Long

    Great reminder and advice! ♥️

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