I’m pretty sure it is not the fats I eat. It just looks like it is. There are a dozen fat-related explanations for why some faces are fat and other faces aren’t.
The fat in the face is created by hormones associated with the face: a type of fat called subcutaneous “triglycerides” (triglycerides, being the specific form of triglycerides in the blood). These fats are used to lubricate and strengthen skin. Their presence on the face makes it seem fuller, plumper, more alive (so you can see) but also darker than a well-developed, healthy face. And because of the fatty acids, there is some lipolysis. Lips may also break down to release a substance called “hormone-free” fat, which is a bit like fat in a candy bar but usually white and creamy and without any chemicals.
What is “skin fat”?
There are two types of fat on the body that we find on your face. These are lipofacial and subcutaneous fat; there are also non-fat macrophage and other fibrous components of the skin.
Lipofacial lipids are more prevalent in people in the upper face of the face, and those with thin skin and low levels of fat. Lipofacial fat occurs mainly near the center of the face but may also occur at the corners. (The fat in this area is probably more prone to oxidation.) Subcutaneous fat occurs mainly in people with oily skin and high levels of fatty acids. Subcutaneous fat lies less close to the center of the face, so it is less able to lubricate the skin. This may also make it less able to produce hormones.
If your face isn’t oily there is a greater chance that it has subcutaneous fat.
Subcutaneous lipids are associated with “skin wrinkles;” they are found in the most common areas on the face: the forehead and eyelids. Lipofacial fat also occurs in the lower back and neck.
Lipofacial lipids are associated with age. In most individuals, lipofacial lipids become even less abundant with increasing age. (This is because as we age, our skin begins to produce more oil, so the fatty acids have less of a way to travel to the periphery.) Subcutaneous fat may also contribute to face-fat distribution.
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