Acne & Obesity: The Connection

Obesity is a scary word and, unfortunately, a fact of life for millions of Americans who are consistenly fighting a losing battle against weight gain. The number of health problems that exist in conjunction with obesity can be overwhelming and to make matters worse, many common skin conditions can also occur as a result of carrying too much weight.

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The added stress on the body can push it to extreme levels and unfortunately that toll can be highly visible at the surface. One of the most common complaints of those struggling with their weight is acne.

Acne So why is this condition so closely tied with being overweight; why are skin doctors so frequently visited by those diagnosed with obesity? Acne is a condition that occurs when excess oil is produced by the glands within the skin. The oil, along with dead skin cells, dirt, and grime, gets trapped in the pores of the skin causing infection. With infection comes swelling and discomfort. The result are the small, painful bumps known as pimples, zits, blackheads, or whiteheads. Sebum, which is the oil produced in the skin, can be increased when a person eats a diet high in fatty foods or sugar. These are the same types of food that would lead a person to have serious weight issues.

Dangers of Acne Getting rid of the cosmetically disappointing outbreaks is not just good for self-esteem, it is also very important for the overall health of the skin. When acne outbreaks are bad enough, they can cause permanent scarring.

There are treatments that can help address the problem, such as a photofacial from Laser Studio in Austin. Austin residents, however, must face the reality that treating the symptom is only half of the battle. The underlying issue of poor diet and excess weight must be addressed.

Losing Weight If the problem behind the obesity and the acne is a bad diet, then it would make sense that the first change a person should make is to the diet plan. The hCG diet, under the direction of a well trained individual, can prove very successful for those who have a great deal of weight to lose. This diet, which features a very specific five hundred calorie daily menu, can be the perfect kick start for those in need of a thinner frame and an acne free face. Efforts should be made to welcome omega-3 fatty acids (fish, avocado, nuts) into a person’s eating routine and to reduce sugar intake.

Treat the Acne As mentioned above, the same salons that offer laser hair removal Austin also feature treatments for the skin than can be very effective against the most common skin conditions. While these procedures are very useful in the fight against acne, it is also important to recognize the importance of a skin care routine at home, which should involve regular (gentle) cleaning, exfoliating, and moisturizing. Though it may seem odd to add moisture to a face that is already producing an excess of oil, it is necessary. The moisture will actually fight sebum production and provide a gentle barrier against environmental elements that could damage the skin.

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