Xmas Exercise

What about Exercise and the Skin?

What about Exercise and the Skin?

As we are approaching the holidays, it may become a bit more difficult to maintain motivation to exercise regularly. Thus, I thought research looking at whether regular exercise is of benefit to the skin would be particularly useful.

Rao et al., published a paper reviewing publications that evaluated  skin diseases and exercise. Of note, exercise (>4 hours a week) may reduce thinning of the upper layers of skin. After exercising, a marker of decreased skin aging, Pgc-1alpha, is upregulated. Furthermore, significant exercise also has a positive effect on modulating psoriasis risk in women.  In conclusion, a regular exercise routine can also have positive effects on the skin and please remember to wear sunscreen if exercising outside.

Happy Holidays,

Alison Ehrlich, MD, MHS