Doctor issues weight-loss warning to people over unexpected skin and hair problems

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Dr Babak Ashrafi, a GP at Superdrug Online Doctor, has shared how sudden weight loss can affect your hair and skin and the best course of action to take to resolve it

A doctor has issued a stark warning for those embarking on weight loss journeys – warning that rapid shedding of pounds could lead to hair and skin issues.

With the new Mounjaro weight loss injection hitting the market, patients are faced with an array of options for slimming down. However, amidst this boom in weight loss solutions, many remain unaware of the potential side effects, including how sudden or extreme weight loss can impact their body.

Dr Babak Ashrafi, a GP at Superdrug Online Doctor, advises those looking to lose weight to seek guidance from professional clinical services. These experts can help navigate through the various treatments, address concerns, and help mitigate any adverse effects. Dr Ashrafi highlights the importance of understanding how drastic weight changes can affect your hair and skin, and what steps to take to manage these issues.

Regarding hair health, Dr Ashrafi warns: “Rapid weight loss can trigger hair shedding and thinning. This occurs due to the body’s response to stress, which can disrupt the hair growth cycle. As a result, individuals may experience noticeable thinning of the hair and a reduction in hair density. This effect is often temporary and reversible with proper nutrition, consuming protein, vitamins and minerals to keep your hair healthy.”

He also says on the issue of dry skin, suggesting that maintaining a balanced diet is crucial during weight loss to avoid such complications, reports Wales Online. Dr Ashrafi has highlighted the potential skin issues that can accompany significant weight loss, adding: “Significant weight loss can lead to decreased skin hydration and moisture levels, resulting in dryness. This might be attributed to changes in hormone levels and a decrease in the body’s natural oil production. Maintaining skin hydration through adequate water intake and using moisturising skin products can help alleviate this effect.

“Fluctuations in hormone levels during rapid weight loss can disrupt the balance of oil production in the skin, increasing the risk of acne and breakouts. Increased levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, can stimulate your glands to produce more oil and clog your pores. Proper skincare routines and dietary adjustments can help mitigate acne flare-ups and maintain clear skin.”

Regarding when to seek medical advice, Dr Ashrafi advises: “Seek help if you experience excessive hair loss, persistent skin issues or unexplained symptoms like fatigue or mood changes. Superdrug weight loss services and Superdrug Online Doctor can support and provide personalised guidance and support to address underlying concerns and ensure a safe and successful weight loss journey.

“When undertaking a weight loss treatment, your Superdrug GP will always prescribe you a starter dose best suited to your healthcare needs. To keep side effects to a minimum, this is then adjusted over the course of your treatment depending on your requirements as you progress through your weight loss journey.”

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