Jessica Linder, Amena Usmani, Maria Miteva, Camillo Ricordi, Paolo Romanelli

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Obesity has a profound impact on the development of skin manifestations. Obesity causes abnormalities in skin barrier function, sebaceous glands and sebum production, sweat glands, lymphatics, collagen structure and function, wound healing, microcirculation and macrocirculation, and subcutaneous fat. Obesity is implicated in a wide spectrum of dermatologic diseases including acanthosis nigricans, acrochordons, hyperandrogenism, striae distensae, adiposis dolorosa and fat redistribution, lymphedema, plantar hyperkeratosis, bacterial and mycotic infections, hidradenitis suppurativa, and psoriasis. Recognizing that obesity can both exacerbate and increase the likelihood of many dermatological conditions will permit earlier diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical and Pathological Aspects of Skin Diseases in Endocrine, Metabolic, Nutritional and Deposition Disease
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781607611806
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acanthosis nigricans
  • Acrochordons
  • Hyperandrogenism
  • Obesity
  • Plantar hyperkeratosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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