Can Weight Loss Cause Acne?

“Can weight loss cause acne?” Many individual, particularly teenagers, often ask this question while losing weight.

Most of them are impatient and use methods for instant weight loss. They want to lose pounds of weight in just a week. If you are one of them, hold your horses, my friends.

These rapid weight loss methods that are available on the internet, discussed in morning shows, printed in the health magazines, come with their risks.

Hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiency, disturbed metabolism are some major problems that can occur due to rapid weight loss. Moreover, as soon as you lose that strict diet, you will gain that fat again in a very short time.

If you want to know specifically about acne and its relation to weight loss, then we would say there is no such direct relationship between weight loss and acne. The basic reason for that is behind the science of acne.

Science of Acne

Acne is a bacterial infection of oil glands (sebaceous glands) of the skin. Most acne people suffer from excess oil secretion from sebaceous glands.

Many reasons are suggested for this like excess testosterone in males. This excess secretion clogs the pore and bacteria start feeding on it. Which in turn results in inflammation of the gland and pus formation.

So, there might be some indirect relation. Such as stress or nutritional deficiency that results from weight loss could lead to a weak immune response from an ineffective immune system. That makes it difficult to eliminate the bacteria, which leads to acne.

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Does Less Fat Mean No Acne?

You might think that as acne is caused by excessive oil secretion, losing weight means losing fat so less oil and no acne. But it is not that simple.

The body loses fat by utilizing it for energy. It converts the fat to fatty acids which are used for energy purposes and some are converted to carbohydrates and protein.

When your blood contains excess fatty acids, the body eliminates it. Some of it through the secretion of sebaceous glands, in the form of oil, on the skin. Moreover, the hormonal imbalance is also a culprit in causing acne.

Final Word

“Can weight loss cause acne?” Although there is no such study that relates weight loss and acne but still our suggestion that you should consult a physician to gain more deep insight on this topic. They will also examine your skins and could also suggest you safe and healthy ways of losing weight.