How Inflammation Affects Your Appearance

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If you feel your looks are starting to fade, you may believe the effects of time and aging are starting to take its toll on your appearance. However, some of the changes you see in the mirror might not be simple aging. They could be attributed to the inflammatory processes taking place in your body when you do not eat right or exercise regularly.


Along with certain chronic disorders, such as arthritis and diabetes, two possible causes of the inflammation in your body are an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. If your diet mainly consists of chemical-laden processed foods and simple sugars, your body may have trouble absorbing and using them. When this happens, your immune system can try to fight them as foreign bodies. During these battles, your body then starts to also attack its own tissues and cells, causing damage and triggering the inflammatory response.

Along with an unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to the inflammatory response. When you do not exercise, blood and lymph flow through your system is reduced. Because these systems help remove free radicals and foreign bodies, a decrease in the systems’ efficiency levels means the majority of them remain, contributing to the inflammatory response. Over time, constant inflammation can lead to high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, as well as adversely affect your skin and hair.


If you are not eating right or exercising on a regular basis, you may have noticed some premature wrinkles on your face or neck. You may even have itchy and blotchy skin. These signs are likely an indication that inflammation is causing your immune system to destroy your skin cells and underlying tissues.

When the base tissues of your skin are damaged, they can no longer uphold the structure of your skin in some areas, collapsing the outer layer of the skin and forming wrinkles. Along with the damage to your skin cells, your hair follicles could also be damaged during the inflammatory process. When the follicles start to deteriorate, your hair will fall out. If you do not make changes in your diet or activity levels, you may eventually see partial or complete hair loss.

If your skin is dull and your hair is thinning, it is likely the inflammatory process is wreaking havoc on your appearance. Try eating anti-inflammatory foods and exercising daily so you can start seeing positive effects and a brighter version of you in the mirror. If you have already made the necessary changes in your diet, we’d like to show you what surgical options may be available to you.