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Health - Wellness
Fact Or Fiction: Is 'Runner's Face' Real?
Getting the gaunt, aged look known as “runner’s face” is a common fear associated with running, which is believed to be caused by the bouncing motion of the exercise. While running can affect faces, a proper skincare routine and appropriate fueling and hydration will actually leave skin healthier thanks to exercise.
According to Dr. Rachel Nazarian of the Schweiger Dermatology Group, the belief that running can cause an aged look is based on outdated research suggesting exercise causes increased free radical production and oxidative stress that could lead to wrinkles. Nazarian pointed out that antioxidant-rich foods could combat those free radicals.
Weight loss might also cause the effect, as Dr. Kiya Movassaghi explained, “What we call ‘runner’s face’ does indeed often correlate with a runner’s body type and lifestyle, but running does not specifically cause one to have a gaunt face.” Constant sunlight is another factor linked to premature skin damage; experts suggest using sunscreen while running.