Does Running Cause Sagging Skin?

There are numerous reasons to run. It’s a great way to get in shape, improve your immune system and lose weight. Many people enjoy running as a part of their daily routine.

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Running daily can result in skin sagging.

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However, running also has it’s downsides. Doctors and plastic surgeons agree that running can result in loose and saggy skin. High-impact exercise causes the skin to jolt, which can cause the collagen to tear. The more your skin’s elasticity is damaged, the less chance it has of staying tight and firm and unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do once the damage has been done.

Though don’t hang up those running shoes just yet, because the saggy “runner’s face” (as one plastic surgeon referred to it) can be prevented in a couple of ways.

  • Maintain a slow and steady weight loss program. Losing weight over a longer period of time will give your skin time to adjust to fat loss, which in turn can minimize sagging.
  • Wear sunscreen and maintain a healthy diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are important because most are packed with carotenoids, which strengthen your skin cells and promote cell turnover.

Although a strenuous running routine can, over time, cause skin to sag, genetics, age and certain lifestyle habits can play a role as well. As long as you lead an active lifestyle and eat healthy, the benefits you will get from running will surpass any possible sagging side-effects.

For more information on healthy ways to sustain your skin, or for more information on body sculpting in Los Angeles, please contact Dr. Berger and Rejuvalife at 310.856.9173.


With over 25 years of experience in the medical field, Dr. Berger has geared his practice towards the soothing and therapeutic side of cosmetic medicine. By specializing in anti-aging treatment along with cosmetic enhancement, his goal is to help each patient live a long, healthy, and beautiful life. Call us, or complete the form on this page.


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