Big, Beautiful—and Breaking Out

Your weight can cause problems with acne.

Being a person of generous proportions can be a wonderful thing. You never have to worry about anyone seeing your ribs, you have a healthy appetite, and, if you happen to be a woman, you have curves that other women can only dream about. Unfortunately, you tend to be worse off when it comes to acne.

Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, sees patients in all shapes and sizes. He explains that “carrying extra weight can lead to several skin conditions.” Doctor Ourian contributed to this article and goes on to say: Here are some of these conditions and what you can do about them. Your diet may be high in fact and sugar. This means an increase in the amount of sebum (oil) in your skin and it will clog your pores. This, of course, leads to breakouts. The goal is to figure out how to get your skin to shed this oil, as opposed to having it stay on your skin. Changing your diet can help; eating meals higher in fiber and protein instead of fat and sugar can help your skin clear itself up. In the meantime, wash your skin regularly and use a cleanser designed for acne control. Pay attention to ones that have no soap or oil in them, otherwise you may find yourself breaking out due to dry skin.

As a large person, you may also notice that you sweat more than your skinnier counterparts. This is mainly due to the fact that you generate more body heat than they do with a lot less effort; great on a freezing cold day, but very irritating on boiling hot ones. This sweat, coupled with the oil mentioned above, can also clog your pores and lead to acne. There a very simple way to deal with this. Again, wash your skin regularly. Removing the sweat will keep it from causing breakouts and will also keep you smelling fresh and clean.

The healthiest way to handle all of these skin problems is to lose the weight one way or another. Along with the previously mentioned change in your diet, an exercise program is a great way to burn those calories. You don’t have to do anything overly strenuous to begin with. A walk around the block is the perfect beginning. As you notice your stamina improving, gradually work your way up to more strenuous activity. And do your exercise with a friend or at the very least an iPod, to keep yourself motivated. The best bonus of all is that not only will you notice a change in your skin, but a change in your overall health as well. You will find yourself with more energy and, in the long run, a longer life span. Of course, before you start any type of exercise or diet regime, check with your doctor to make sure it will work for you. At Epione we offer nutritional counseling and a weight loss program for our patients. The weight loss will result in clearer skin and an even more wonderful you.