Could High Fructose Corn Syrup Be Responsible for Your Skin Condition?

High Fructose Corn SyrupWhen you have a skin condition like acne, rosacea, eczema, and even melasma or psoriasis it’s important to take a look at several different factors to help determine the cause:

  • What skincare products you use (the wrong ingredients can cause inflammation, irritation, clogged pores, and breakouts)
  • Hygienic practices
  • Lifestyle factors like stress, sleep, and fitness
  • And of course–the diet

Diet is often the strongest factor since specific foods and substances in food products are common triggers to these skin conditions. In my bestselling book, Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, I identify sugar, dairy, and gluten as the top three most common skin triggers. I even gave them a cool, ominous sounding name: The Skin Trigger Trifecta (right?).

While people work hard to reduce their consumption of these common triggers, it’s unfortunately very easy to?miss a few since?sugar and gluten hide behind many different names on food product labels. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a prime example of this.

What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

GMO_corn_label_RoundUp_Liberty_Link_Herculex_I_Cruiser_Mid_RateAccording to Wikipedia, High Fructose Corn Syrup?comprises any of a group of?corn syrups?that have undergone?enzymatic?processing to convert some of its?glucose?into?fructose?to produce a desired?sweetness. Because of its low price compared to?sugar,?HFCS is the predominant sweetener used in processed foods and beverages in the United States. It’s important to note that HFCS is almost always manufactured from GMO corn.

HFCS is sneaky because it’s not just found in cookies, ice cream, and cakes where you’d think to look for it. It often turns up on seemingly healthy foods like cereals, canned tomatoes, soups, pickles, and yogurt. It’s also commonly found in condiments and seasonings, as well as breakfast syrups, jams and jellies, applesauce, relish, over-the-counter medications, children’s juice boxes, sweetened beverages for adults, and even bread.

What’s even more confusing is that certain brands use cane sugar and HFCS in the same product but in different packaging. Iced tea is a prime example of this–I’ve seen glass bottles of Snapple that are sweetened with cane sugar and natural flavors, while the plastic bottles are sweetened with HFCS.

HFCS doesn’t just affect the body internally–it also affects the skin.

Overconsumption of sugar and HFCS has been linked to so many health problems–obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, hormone imbalance, and even dementia. Dr. Mark Hyman has a great article about this if you want to read more about how and why that happens.

Candida albicans

What most articles about HFCS don’t address however, is something that’s also linked to all of these disease, plus just about every skin condition people come to me for help about: Candida overgrowth. Candida overgrowth, or candidiasis, is what happens when the body’s naturally occurring of beneficial bacteria and microflora–the ones responsible for keeping the body’s inner ecosystem balanced–becomes compromised due to poor lifestyle choices, use of antibiotics and steroids, and poor diets high in sugar and other substances including HFCS. When numbers of these beneficial microbes are too low, the Candida albicans strain of yeast multiplies and essentially takes over, becoming a systemic yeast infection which causes damage to every organ and system of the body including the skin.

I wrote a thorough article for Dermascope Magazine explaining how this happens that I want you to check out–click below.

“How Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Affect the Skin?”

Comment BelowDo you find it difficult to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup in your diet? Leave a reply below and tell me about it in the comments.

*Image 1 from Dermascope Magazine, Image 2 by Orin Hargraves from Carroll County, MD, USA (Better Living through Genetic Modification) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, Image 3 by CDC/Dr. William Kaplan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


6 thoughts on “Could High Fructose Corn Syrup Be Responsible for Your Skin Condition?”

  1. I am allergic to high fructose corn syrup. If I eat or drink anything containing high fructose corn syrup I break out in severe cystic acne. After years of trying every prescription acne medication I finally found a dermatologist who figured out that it was high fructose corn syrup causing my severe breakouts!

  2. I live in the UK. 4 different trips to the US have resulted in Sebaceous Cysts forming on me. The last one was September 2018 when it occurred a day after drinking a large can of a particular fizzy soda which has High-Fructose Corn Syrup in it – something we don’t have here in the UK. The fact that this has happened 4 times during trips to the US when I’ve been enjoying the sodas was the icing on the cake especially after an occurrence in the UK happened after a delivery of Root Beer – something we don’t have here. I’m positive it’s made it happen each time.

    This year I’ve been to the US twice. Each time I’ve noticed that many drinks now have real sugar in them and not Corn Syrup. My last trip was to Hawaii where it was hot and I drank loads. None of the drinks I had contained HFCS and zero issues with my skin.

    A quick search turned up this blog so I had to mention what happened to me.

  3. My skin was literally on fire red rashes everywhere and it itching in the morning I thought it was the coffee I quit coffee mate within one week most of the rash cleared no more itching.

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