The Ugly Side of Exercise and What You Can Do About It

The Ugly Side of Exercise and What You Can Do About It

Exercise, no matter what form, is beneficial for the body. From helping manage your weight to elevating your mindset, from keeping your heart healthy to helping normalize your insulin levels, the benefits are across the board. Those benefits also encompass your skin. But, like most things, too much of a good thing can be bad. So it is with your exercise and your skin.

When Exercise Harms Your Skin

Below is a list of the most common cosmetic problems resulting from doing too much exercise:

  • Runner’s Face – This is particularly common amongst those who run long distances or run almost every day. Signs of premature aging such as the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines may develop. In addition, prolonged periods of running can also lead to sagging facial skin and an emaciated appearance, as too much fat is lost. These problems can be remedied with dermal fillers such as Restylane and Voluma that contain hyaluronic acid.
  • Sun-damaged skin – This is more common in those who regularly exercise outdoors for long periods of time — swimmers, cyclists, trail runners, and the like. While the skin does a good job in regenerating collagen and elastin for that plump and naturally youthful look, it may not be able to keep up with consistent sun exposure. The result can be sunspots, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Apart from wearing sunscreen, we suggest having regular chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing procedures, or dermal fillers that help improve the appearance of creases and lines.
  • Acne Excessive sweating from exercise can cause an imbalance in the bacterial environment on your skin resulting in breakouts. Beyond the face, other common areas for breakouts due to exercise include the neck, shoulders, and back. Our skin care services such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion can help you deal with acne and acne scars.

You do not have to give up exercise. Let us help you find other alternatives to help you deal with its negative effects on your skin without sacrificing your fitness. Call 518.346.0002 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to your visit!