Can Weight Gain Affect Your Healthy Skin?

Being overweight can affect your healthy skin and inflict you with several skin problems. These skin health problems can be attributed to certain factors such as changes in hormones, stretching of the skin, increased pressure on the legs, and retained moisture in body folds that promote growth of fungi and bacteria. It is important to learn about these so you can take the necessary precautions to prevent them, or treat them if you already are suffering from such problems.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are the most common skin problem associated with weight gain. These are faint pink, stripe-like lines of stretches that appear as a result of skin stretching due to rapid weight gain. Although these marks make the skin appear unsightly and feel slightly itchy, they should not be cause for much concern because they are not a serious condition. Stretch marks are commonly found on the thighs, buttocks, breasts, lower back, belly and shoulders.

Callus (Tyloma)

Callus is the thickening of the skin that occurs due to excessive and repeated friction from rubbing of the skin. This happens in people who are overweight, because excessive fat makes their skin rub together constantly. This can be brought about by bearing excessive weight.

Varicose Veins

Another way that healthy skin can be affected by excessive weight bearing is varicose veins. Varicose veins refer to enlarged twisted, veins that appear on the skin surface, usually on the legs. This happens when too much pressure on the legs results in poor functioning of the deeper leg vein valves. It causes blood to accumulate in the veins and the surface veins to enlarge. An overweight person’s sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to this problem. Overweight people tend to do less exercise. Varicose veins can be relieved through regular proper exercise to help the blood circulate more efficiently.

Acanthosis Nigricans

A more serious skin health problem is Acanthosis Nigricans. This is a condition that involves abnormal skin thickening and darkening, particularly in areas of the body where there are creases. This skin problem is typically associated with obesity and other health problems such as polycystic ovarian disease.  

Stasis Ulcer

A stasis ulcer refers to the breaking down of the skin due to fluid accumulation that occurs as a result of venous insufficiency or poor vein functions. These fluid buildups cause leaks from the veins and into the skin tissue when the blood goes back, instead of heading to the heart through the veins.

Most of these skin problems can be resolved with a weight loss program that combines a healthy diet and proper exercise. Whether it is a minor problem like varicose veins or something more serious like a stasis ulcer, it is imperative that you take action to resolve the problem before it gets worse. Remember, skin health is just one of the many things that weight gain can affect. It is important to lose weight not only for healthy skin, but for your overall health.


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