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How can eating disorders affect the skin?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
If you suffer from anorexia or bulimia, you are wreaking havoc with your skin. Severely restricting your food intake, taking laxatives, and inducing vomiting all have profound adverse effects not only on your skin but also on your hair and nails. Of course, you are also damaging your health in general. I strongly encourage you to seek counseling. I’m counting on the fact that you will be motivated to get help now that you know that you are causing your skin to look far older than it really is. I know that’s not what you want, and I have faith that you’ll decide to get your situation under control so that you can follow all of the advice in this book and have the glowing, youthful skin you deserve.

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