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Does Losing Weight Cause Acne?

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Does Losing Weight Cause Acne?
Acne development may not be directly tied to weight loss. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Acne development on your skin can be caused by a variety of different sources, including changes in your body weight. However, the acne breakouts you experience may actually be more a result of changes in your body's hormone levels. Speak to your doctor or a nutritionist for more information on weight loss and acne development, as well as further skin-treatment options.


According to the Mayo Clinic, acne, also known as pimples, zits, or blemishes, can appear anywhere on your skin. Acne lesions tend to heal slowly and can differ in severity or size. These skin blemishes are usually a mere annoyance to the patient; however, prolonged acne may cause skin scarring or pain when left untreated. Hormone changes during life cycles can also have an impact on acne development.


As the Mayo Clinic suggests, hormonal changes in both males and females can lead to acne development. Furthermore, similar hormonal changes as a result of maturation can lead to weight loss as your body develops from the body of a child to that of an adult. As a result, acne development along with weight loss may seem to coincide with one another in some individuals.


Nutritional value in the meals you choose to eat can also cause the development of acne on your skin, especially when eating foods high in saturated fat or grease. Healthier eating via the omission of fatty foods or items high in calories may cause you to lose weight. However, there is no direct or proven connection between this weight loss and the development of an acne breakout. In fact, the Acne.org website suggests that healthier eating can actually prevent the onset of acne.


As of November 2010, there is no scientific evidence that the act of losing weight will alone cause the development of acne on your skin. Acne is more a side effect or symptom associated with nutritional choices, cleanliness, hormonal changes, or as an effect associated with medication according to the Mayo Clinic.


Acne treatment can differ depending on the severity of your condition. Your doctor or a licensed dermatologist may prescribe a topical skin ointment to apply directly to the affected area. Keeping your skin clean via regular bathing or showering can also help prevent the onset of acne.

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