Can Weight Loss Cause Acne

Being concerned about whether or not losing weight can cause you to develop acne is a very valid concern. In a nutshell, yes, losing weight can theoretically cause acne but the good news is that this is not very common, especially if you are not a female. 

Developing acne as a side effect of weight loss is much more common in younger women or teenage girls and there is a very scientific reason for this. When burning large quantities of fat, the female body often reacts by converting its beneficial hormones (e.g. estrogen) into non-beneficial hormones in the form of testosterone. In females, testosterone can lead to acne development. 

However, this side effect is often very mild and should go away after a short while. Doctors and nutrition experts recommend following a healthy, balanced eating plan that has a beneficial impact on your skin. This, coupled with a good exercise program, should help you to lose unwanted fat and will actually help you to have clearer skin in the long run. 

Deciding not to lose weight in case you develop unsightly acne should definitely not be a reason not to lose weight or lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. 

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