Skin Care For The Anorexic In Recovery

August 27th, 2014 | Self Improvement, Skin care

Contributed by reader, Jenni Barnes

Aside from the obvious extreme weight loss, there are several very obvious signs that a person is either suffering from anorexia, or just starting out on their anorexia recovery journey. Anorexia causes the hair to become very brittle and fall out whilst a fine layer of downy skin appears all over the body and because of the lack of essential nutrients in the anorexic body, it can also cause severe acne, skin yellowing, and other skin conditions. Anorexics tend to be deficient in Vitamin A (also known as Beta Carotene) which is found in fish and in selected fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A is essential for bones and teeth, and it is also a lack of vitamin A that will be responsible for any acne and dry skin you experience. [1] If you’re a former anorexic currently on the path to recovery then you may well want to improve the condition of your skin and reduce the effects of any skin condition you are experiencing in the interim.


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Healthy Skin Starts From Within
A Starvation Study in Minnesota has found that recovery from anorexia is only possible by gaining weight; the mental recovery process (i.e., having the desire to gain weight) will only be successful once the physical recovery process has begun. [2] That means that, as difficult as this will understandably be, one of the best things a recovering anorexic can do for the condition of their skin is to start and continue to eat. The recovery process for anorexia is considered a lifelong commitment [3], and monitoring the condition of your skin is a great way of monitoring your progress whilst avoiding the bathroom scales. As you begin to recover you’ll find that your nails and hair are stronger, your eyes are brighter and your skin begins to glow without having to do anything else. You can speed up this process and enhance your skin’s new found glow by using the right kinds of products.

All natural ‘That Zit!’ acne treatment [4] is a fantastic place to start, as it is able to treat pimples, whiteheads and blackheads, as well as controlling breakouts of any level. If you want to clear up your skin quickly and break the cycle of bad skin then it is the ideal product to use to begin this process. As anorexia tends to dry out your skin, you should also invest in a good quality light moisturizer that you can apply both day and night to keep your skin as moist and nourished as possible whilst you wait for your skin’s nature moisture to redevelop and begin to rejuvenate your skin naturally. If possible, choose a moisturizer made using 100% natural ingredients, as harsh chemicals will dry out your skin, which would be counterproductive. Finally, if you find that your skin feels rough and dry (another common problem anorexia suffers experience) then all-natural Terrasil Skin Repair ointment could well provide the solution. This multipurpose ointment can quickly calm irritated and damaged skin. More importantly, its moisturizing formula won’t dry out your skin, so you don’t need to worry about any harmful side effects from the product.

Look to The Future
According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, 75 to 90 percent of all people who suffer from anorexia go on to make a full recovery. [5] Current recovery rates are very good, and keeping this statistic in mind will help you to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Anorexia is one of the few mental health disorders where self-help can be beneficial and there are a number of self-help books and guides available on the subject that could help you look towards a healthier and happier future. [6]If you struggle to think about your weight gain as you recover then choosing instead to focus on the improved condition of your hair, nails and skin could be a really positive and proactive way to increase your positive well-being as you overcome anorexia.

Citations and sources
1 “Vitamins, minerals and deficiencies”, Something Fishy, 

2 “Starvation study shows that recovery from anorexia is possible only by regaining weight”, Psychology Today,

3 “Recovering from anorexia – what to expect?”, Columbia University,

4 “Anorexia explained”

5 “Rapid Non Drying Acne Treatment”, Aidance Products,

6 “Getting Anorexia Treatment”, Futures of Palm beach, 

7 “Health information: anorexia nervosa”, Patient,

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