Top 3 cosmetic problems caused by exercise
By: Ron Robinson
We all look to exercise as a way of bettering ourselves by keeping our bodies in shape, relieving stress and warding off ailments such as diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. Overall, exercise is also great for your skin (the body’s largest organ), as it helps with blood circulation to nourish skin cells and keep them vital and tone muscle
But too much of a good thing can also be harmful! It’s important to know when you’re working out too much, as it can be strenuous to your skin, causing unwanted wrinkles, stretch marks and an uneven figure. Read on to find out three common problems from exercise and the best treatments to help reverse the damage exercise has done!
Runner’s face: Vigorous running can cause skin to sag around the cheeks and premature aging in other areas from burning off too much fat underneath the skin. Depending on how and where your skin is sagging, nonsurgical skin tightening, like Ultherapy or Thermage, can give you a subtle, yet effective lift with little downtime needed for recovery. Hyaluronic acid fillers, like Perlane, Voluma and Restylane, are quick and effective ways to add volume and support the areas that have fallen due to impact.
Sun damage: Damaging UV rays can cause wrinkles, sagging and sunspots on runners, cyclists, swimmers and anyone else outside for hours at a time. The skin will eventually be unable to repair itself or produce collagen and elastin, which keeps it youthful and tight. While treatments like IPL and laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels can help reverse damage, the best course of action is prevention. Wear a hat, sunglasses and at least an SPF of 30 on all exposed areas, concentrating on the face, neck, chest and hands. Using a special formula that is meant for the face will prevent clogged pores and breakouts (also rampant during workouts).
Exercise-resistant fat: Working out can make your body health inside and out. However, some areas might tone up easier than others. To avoid an uneven figure, liposuction can even out and contour those hard-to-lose areas like upper arms or any other body parts that are resistant to diet and exercise. There are many forms of liposuction, but the best results come from an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your personal situation.
In the end, exercise is essential to look and feel your best. But as with everything, make sure to find that healthy balance between feeling good and looking good.