The Truth about Why my Face is Fat, but I'm Skinny in 3 Minutes!

Woman with face fat

Body fat distribution varies from person to person. For example, some people store more body fat in their lower half (thighs, hips, and buttocks), while others store more in their upper half (waist, abdomen, and face). Genetics determines this difference.

That is the short answer to the question Why is my face fat, but I'm skinny?

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Tips to slim down your face

However, just because you may have a predisposition to storing more fat in your face doesn't mean you can't do anything about it. You can still do things to help slim down your face, even if the rest of your body is relatively thin. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Perform exercises that target facial muscles.
  • Losing weight overall can reduce fat stored in the face.
  • Reducing salt intake can help prevent water retention and bloating around the face.
  • Avoiding alcohol can contribute to dehydration and make a face look puffy.
  • Getting enough sleep, which can help reduce stress and inflammation.
  • Washing your face regularly and use gentle, non-abrasive cleansers.
  • Using make-up that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (it doesn't clog pores).

These are just a few ideas to help you slim down your face. Remember, everyone's body is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. Talk to your doctor or a certified personal trainer to get tailored advice for your individual needs.

Why do people store fat in different places on their bodies?

One of the most common questions I get asked as a fitness expert is why people store fat in different places on their bodies. The answer is pretty simple.

Hormones and genetics primarily determine fat storage. For example, women tend to store more fat around their hips and thighs due partly to higher estrogen levels.

Conversely, men tend to store more fat around their waists, thanks to higher hormone testosterone levels.

And while there's not much, you can do about your hormones or genetics. In addition, some lifestyle choices can influence where your body stores fat.

For example, people who eat a lot of sugary foods are more likely to store fat around their waist, while people who eat a lot of protein are more likely to store fat around their hips.

So, if you want to change your body composition, pay attention to your diet. And if you reduce your overall body fat, aim for a calorie deficit.

Are there any risks associated with having too much face fat?

Yes. Excess face fat can signify other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. It can also lead to problems with breathing and sleeping.

If you're concerned about having too much face fat, consult your doctor for advice and treatment. Many practical ways to reduce excess facial fat include diet and exercise, weight loss surgery, and laser liposuction.

The bottom line

While you can't change your genes, there are things you can do to help slim down your face. Exercises targeting facial muscles, weight loss, and salt intake can help reduce face fat. Talk to your doctor or a certified personal trainer for tailored advice.

DISCLAIMER: does not provide medical advice, examination, or diagnosis.

Medically reviewed and approved by Nataniel Josue M D.