Weight Lifting & Acnesteroid
Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:23 PM
To put it in its simplest terms, increased levels of testosterone in the body will in turn increase sebum production, thus increase acne. Hence why people who use steroids often experience acne as a side effect.
If someone is heavy resistance weight training, they will of course be aiming to increase muscle mass and size, which relies heavily on increasing the bodies endogenous testosterone production.
I have definitely experienced this, especially when "lifting heavy", deliberately making the weight lifting as intense and heavy as possible. I wanted to see if anyone else who are now out of the obvious puberty age bracket where testosterone levels are all over the place anyway can draw comparisons to their acne and weight lifting.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:44 AM
I have posted a similar question a couple of days ago in the Oily Skin Section.
I have started doing regular weight exercises for the last two years or so. I just do 4-5 exercises 4-5 days a week including resistance machines and free weights but nothing too extreme besides I do not take any protein supplements. I also do some cardio at least once or twice a week.
I have had oily and spots on and off for many years (since I was 17 and I am in middle 30's now) even when I never went to the gym and had crap diet. I started to notice lately that my scalp and face becomes extremely oily but I am not sure if it's because of weight lifting or it is just a stereotype. After recently reading a few posts about the effect of weight-lifting on hormones and oil production, I started to even consider stopping which is a shame because I really enjoy it besides I need to gain a little bit more weight.
Edited by eg6947, 12 November 2012 - 07:45 AM.
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