Sugar isn’t just bad for your waistline warns London skin expert

As if it wasn’t looking bad enough for sugar, our London skin expert Sue Ibrahim from Elan Medical Skin Clinics is warning clients about the effects it can have on our skin.

From acne to ageing, wrinkles to blemishes, sugar has a lot to answer for. Sugar and high GI (glycemic index) foods lead to a spike in insulin levels and this causes inflammation throughout our bodies. Sugar also binds to collagen making the skin stiff. The technical term for this is a process called glycation. It’s simple really: less sugar equals better skin – and the results can very often be seen in just a week.

Insulin spikes are linked to acne breakouts and can cause the skin to appear red and inflamed. This is because inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.

As well as increasing the effects of ageing, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. There’s also a cumulative effect of eating too much sugar – the more we eat, the more likely it is we’ll develop insulin resistance, and this can lead to excess hair growth and dark patches on the neck and in body creases.

The good news is…

The team at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh in Essex can help with many of the downsides and effects of eating too much sugar. Our award-winning nurse consultant, Sue Ibrahim, has more than 30 years’ experience in dermatology. She is an expert in skin conditions and her friendly and professional manner will instantly put you at ease.


We have a wide variety of treatment options to help control acne and prevent scarring. Evidence suggests that a combination of treatments can produce a better outcome and help keep acne under control. Here are some of the acne treatments that we may recommend:


Sue Ibrahim, has more than 15 years’ experience in advanced wrinkle reduction procedures. Done properly, no-one should be able to tell you’ve had wrinkle reduction or dermal fillers. Elan Medical Skin Clinic is dedicated to providing the safest, most effective cosmetic treatments on the market today, which is why we use the revolutionary Soprano Near Infrared. This effective cosmetic procedure safely and effectively produces thermal heat to warm the inner layers of the skin, promoting the formation of collagen and causing the skin to contract, which is essential for a smoother, firmer and younger look.


We use a combination of treatments for rosacea and do our utmost to provide the best outcome for you. These include:

Excessive hair growth

Elan Medical Skin Clinic has invested in one of the very best laser hair removal machines available to ensure that people of all skin types, skin colours and hair types can achieve hair-free skin. The Soprano ICE can treat every part of the body, including the face and most intimate areas, painlessly, quickly and effectively.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us today.