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Ezine 169 February 2017


What's corn syrup doing to your skin?

Corn syrup is a sweetener that is used in a lot of common daily foods, including many beverages. It is bad for your health including the largest organ of the body, your skin! Corn syrup contains both fructose and glucose but not as an even ratio. It contains more fructose than glucose. The reason that this is a factor is because there is no chemical bond between them and no digestion is necessary. It is quickly absorbed to your bloodstream and fructose goes straight to the liver, which triggers the production of fat and cholesterol. Corn syrup may also be the reason behind adult acne, puffiness, dryness, hyperpigmentation and many more uncomfortable symptoms.

Studies have shown that removing 90% of foods that contained corn syrup from the diet, patients were left with a better mood and a smaller size of pores on the skin! Many patients also saw changes in their skin that made their skin look more youthful and luminous. If you are looking for more healthy and youthful skin (and who isn't?), make sure to watch your corn syrup intake.

Anti-Aging Tip

Dry hands make you feel crummy!

There are many causes to dry hands, the most common being that that the outer layer of skin is compromised. Skin is made to hold in moisture and to naturally rejuvenate itself. Exposure to UV rays, dry air, dirt, chemicals, cold weather and water affect the outer layer so that skin can no longer hold onto moisture. Damaged skin is also more vulnerable to environmental pollutants which can speed up the process of dryness and aging of the hands. Studies have also shown that even slightly dry hands make people feel more irritable and not happy. Severely dry hands can also cause pain, cracking and bleeding which only make them feel worse.

Some ways to soothe dry hands include but are not limited to, using a humidifier if indoors, wearing gloves, moisturize with pure coconut oil or pure aloe, exfoliate and avoid hand dryers. Also try to avoid harsh soaps which are full of drying chemicals. Be nice to your hands especially during the winter and your friends will tell you that you look much happier, because you are.

Plastic Surgery Tip

Benefits of Botox for Hyperhidrosis!

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term used for excessive sweating of the underarms. In 2004, the US FDA approved Botox for the treatment of severe hyperhidrosis. Botox is the most studied brand of botulinum toxin. It blocks the secretion of the chemical that triggers the bodies sweat glands, which then the outcome is no sweating in that particular area. Botox is injected just below the surface of the skin and remains in that area for up to fourteen months. Research has shown that it is safe to inject in areas that have excessive sweating not only for the underarms but also hands, feet, face and also other small body areas. Best of all, it's not surgery!

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Thanks for a great year.

Warm regards,

Sam Speron, MD, FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon


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