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Effects of Ketogenic Diet on Your Skin and Hair

Weight loss is an integral part of our lives these days and they come with a long list of diets

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3 April 2019

Last updated on 4 April 2019
Effects of Ketogenic Diet on Your Skin and Hair

Diets play an active role when it comes to reaching our optimal weight loss goals quickly and effectively.

In the last few years, we have seen a sudden increase in people opting to try the Ketogenic diet for quick weight loss and fast results.

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet plan that initially developed to help people with epilepsy. However in the last decade or so, it is being practiced as an effective weight loss method.

The keto diet works by eliminating most of the grains, starchy vegetables, legumes and sweets and replacing it with fat. It consists of 5% carbohydrates, 75% fat and 20% protein.

After being on the keto diet, your body starts entering the ketosis phase, which is basically your body converting fat into ketone bodies. These ketone bodies act as an alternative energy source besides glucose derived from glucose. Ketones which come from fat are the only fuel that the brain can use under this diet plan.

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Besides aiding weight loss, a keto diet comes with its own set of disadvantages and advantages. The advantage of a regular keto diet pan is that it helps one lose weight quickly. Research and clinical studies have proven that people who follow the keto diet lose twice as much weight over a period of six months as compared to people who follow a regular low-fat, low-calorie diet.

There is however a downside to this diet, dermatologists and skin specialists have observed that it tends to negatively affect your skin and hair.

Here are some possible side effects of the keto diet plan on your hair, skin and body:

Keto’s effects on your skin

As the keto diet is high in fat, it tends to increase the production of oil (sebum) in your skin which will further spike the risk of acne, psoriasis and eczema.

One thing to take note of is that everyone’s skin is different. While the keto diet can help some with clearing their acne, for others it can actually cause a severe acne breakout. A particular side effect that keto diet is famous for is called ‘Prurigo Pigmentosa’ or ‘Keto Rash’. This is a rare inflammatory dermatosis; Prigo Pigmentosa tends to appear on people’s skin in the early phases of ketosis.

Usually a keto rash or acne can pop up anywhere from your cheeks, chin, jawline or neck. As it appears on the U zone, it is harder to clear up than teenage acne as this area is harder and has more stubborn nodules than rest of your areas on your face.

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But it’s not all bad and there is some good news. One shouldn’t have to sacrifice their skin to attain weight loss goals. A certified and experienced dermatologist can easily help you to keep your skin clear and radiant.

A dermatologist will first analyze your skin’s structure and then advise the right treatments that will help reduce the excess sebum oil (sebum) and also prevent clogged pores.

Your expert dermatologist will also be able to provide you with a customized anti-inflammatory measures such as Acne Solution, Acne Scar Repair and Laser Treatments to prevent the acne or rash from occurring again.

Keto’s effects on your hair

Another side effect that one might experience from being on keto diet is hair loss. Severe changes in one’s diet can cause ‘Telogen Effluvium’, a temporary hair loss condition that can last for about 2-3 months.

Additionally, as your body doesn’t receive the needed amount of protein, this in turn can result in hair loss, as hair is mostly made of protein. Furthermore a ketogenic diet also causes your body to experience vitamin and mineral deficiencies, dietary stress, lack of biotin and an unbalanced gut health; all these are major triggers for hair loss.

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Hair loss may seem a temporary set-back in your journey towards weight loss through a keto diet; your dermatologist can help you figure out the best possible treatments to maintain your gorgeous mane.

An expert dermatologist will be able to analyze your hair and might also suggest hair strengthening therapies as Mesotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Hair Cell Activitation Therapies and help you say goodbye to hair loss.

Keto’s effects on your body

As you start to losign severe amounts of weight of weigth with the ketogenic diet, you might to suffer from stretch marks throughout your body. The skin as we know is very elastic and when stretched, the eleastic fibress in the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin starts to weaken and break down in various places, further causing stretch marks. Stretch marks tend to develop in various places on your body.

An experienced dermatologist is the best qualified person to help you deal with stretch marks and come up with solution to treat them, such as Mesotherapy, Stretch Mark Reduction Therapy, Carboxy Therapy and Bipolar Radiofrequency Therapy.

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Consult your doctor before starting any diet plan

It’s important to remember that all of us have different bodies, skin and hair types and require specific treatments. It is highly beneficial that one maintains a balanced lifestyle with a good diet.

A balanced diet is able to bring back the glow on your face rather than taking away from it. It is also suggested that you consult your doctor before starting any diet plan especially an extreme one like keto. A doctor is the best person to analyze your body type and suggest a diet plan that will work best for you.

Even though being on a ketogenic diet may help you lost weight quickly, it also brings with is a list of complications that affect your skin, body and hair. If you are already on keto diet or are planning to go on one in the future, its best that you book an appointment with your dermatologist and let them help you keep the complications that come with being on this diet at bay.

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