• David Steuer

Putting On Weight Damages Skin Collagen - Can Exercise Help?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019



IT'S OFFICIAL: Putting On Weight Damages Your Skin

In the latest study on the effect of weight gain on skin health and appearance, scientists found that putting on weight impairs the skin's collagen structure. This adds to a growing body of research showing that putting on weight leads to skin looseness.

This is because adipocytes (fat cells) expand and break down the connective tissue around them, which is made of collagen and elastin. As a result, skin - and any other connective tissue adjacent to fat - becomes lax.

Furthermore, adipose tissue produces inflammatory hormones which have an adverse effect on connective tissue.

And Exercise repairs it

However, the scientists have also managed to show that exercise can actually reverse this connective tissue deterioration. This is probably due to a combination of the anabolic effect of exercise, as well as the physical reduction of fat tissue itself. The reduction of fat tissue derived inflammation must also play a role.


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