How can Obesity change your skin?
Obesity is a worldwide problem with its prevalence growing day by day. We all know obesity imperils your health in many ways. It not only increases the risks for heart disease and diabetes but can also affect your skin. The consequences of obesity on your skin are usually underestimated. In this article, we will talk about how obesity makes your skin vulnerable.
Obesity has many skin manifestations including, intertrigo, melanoma, acanthosis nigricans, and greater risk of skin infections. It can also cause poor wound healing and some inflammatory conditions known as psoriasis.
Obesity is defined as BMI equal to or greater than thirty. General features of the people suffering from obesity are altered. Studies have shown us that obese people have dry rough skin because of the impairment of the skin barrier and moisturizing functions of the skin.
When you lose or gain weight, stretch marks may arise on your skin surface. Stretch marks started to form as pink lines then they change to purple. Over time they become light and disappear. Itchiness occurs at the site of the stretch marks. Your skin becomes as paper and wrinkling occur.
Increased body weight leads to an increase in resistance against insulin and results in diabetes. As diabetic patients are more vulnerable, it can lead to the darkened and velvety appearance of the skin known as acanthosis nigricans.
Fold and skin creases attracts the moisture in them and can lead to several infections. It can become the breeding ground for certain bacteria and viruses. Rashes like intertrigo and redness occur in the skin.
Sometimes, your legs cannot bear the weight of your body, so your veins started to dilate and protrude from the skin resulting in the condition known as varicose veins.
Plantar hyperkeratosis, diffuse thickening of the skin of the heel, arch, palm and plantar areas. It occurs due to obesity and also, due to diabetes.
Soft, yellowish bumps appear around the eyes due to excessive weight and cholesterol in the body, they are also known as cholesterol spots. Skin tags and small flesh colour spots appear on the skin.
Obesity changes your lifestyle and your appearance; It can open the door for a certain disease. So, In order to live a happy and healthy life, you should exercise regularly and make yourself fit.
Always go to your dermatologist for cosmetic purpose and in case of any serious conditions. Your dermatologist will guide you about reducing the weight and protecting yourself from the harms of obesity.