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Feed Your Face: Go Ahead — Eat That Halloween Candy!

By Dr Jessica Wu

Do you have leftover Halloween candy around the house? Did a co-worker bring a bowl of sweets to the office this morning? Chances are you’ll come across some sweet temptation today. Those of you who have been following my advice know that sugar can aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes. But if you simply can’t resist, there are ways to enjoy a sweet treat while minimizing the effects on your skin. Here’s how:

Choose candy wisely. Dark chocolate peanut M&M’s are better than Jelly Belly jelly beans because you get some protein in the nuts. Similarly, choose Snickers over Milky Ways. Dark chocolate is less harmful than milk chocolate, which is higher in sugar and contains dairy, which has been linked to acne.

Save candy for the end of the day. If you have a Butterfinger for breakfast, your blood sugar will skyrocket, and it will remain out of whack all day. On the other hand, studies have shown that a high-protein, low-carb breakfast (like scrambled eggs, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, or Greek yogurt with berries) keeps your blood sugar more stable through lunch and dinner. If you splurge on a Butterfinger later in the day, it will have less of an effect on your blood sugar and, in turn, your skin.

Have candy at the end of a well-balanced meal. Have a piece of candy for dessert, not in addition to dessert. You won’t be as hungry after your meal, so you’ll be less tempted to eat a whole bag of Tootsie Rolls.

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