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Your solution to feeling better, gaining
energy or perhaps improving your appearance is exercise. However, you can’t
seem to work out those pesky post-workout breakouts and wondering what’s the
connection between exercise and acne. Exercising helps increase in the
circulation of blood and nutrients to the skin, encouraging skin repair and
creating a natural healthy glow. It also reduces stress levels, which in turn
decreases fine lines and wrinkles. This all sounds good, but for people with
acne exercising may also bring more
breakouts. How disappointing to then working so hard, only to breakout
afterward. But you don’t have to stop exercising, here’s what you should do to
tackle this obstacle.
Exercise stimulates production of testosterone
in both men and women, so if it is too intense it can increase the level of
testosterone production and as a result – a level of a free testosterone in the
blood. Since “free” testosterone (the one circulating in the blood) is the
largest stimulator of secretion of the sebaceous glands that produce sebum
(skin oil), and too much sebum cause of acne.
If you exercise intensely and you have
acne, you might want to consider decreasing the intensity of your
For example, if you workout 7 days a
week, consider exercising 3 or 4 days a week. Or you can also decreasing the
hours you work out.
Does sweat cause acne? Directly, sweat
is not a cause of acne but it can exasperate acne condition. The salts that are
found within the sweat can irritate the skin and worsen the breakouts. Also
seat may attract and bond keep dirt and dead skin cells that can clog pores,
and bacteria that can induce inflammation.
is primarily caused by an overproduction of sebum. An infection within the hair
follicle can arise once it becomes blocked with skin oil (sebum) and dead skin
allowing bacteria to thrive. As you workout, the sweat naturally cleanses its
pores. On the other hand, once the sweat dries, bacteria are able to get in and
if sweat can contribute to acne, it doesn’t cause it. To better understand why
sweat doesn’t cause acne, you need to understand the structure of the skin. Our
skin contains two types of pores (hair follicles and sweat pores) and two types
of sweat glands (eccrine and apocrine).
sebum that works to lubricate the skin is found in the hair follicles. The
sweat pores are connected to the eccrine sweat glands and apocrine glands.
Eccrine glands are found throughout the whole body, and its purpose is to
regulate high temperatures by bringing water from the pore to the surface of
the skin. The apocrine glands job is to secrete an off-white sweat that
encourages the growth of bacteria for body odor. These are found only in the
armpits and pubic area.
breakouts from exercising are often linked to the material and fabric that is
worn during the activity. When unclean and moist clothing is rubbed against the
skin for long periods of time, both oil and sweat mix creating those pimples.
Take, for example, a football player wearing their helmet.
one of us has a unique routine, and knows how to achieve the best workout from
inside to out. If you are unsure of your habits, check out our informative guide on
how to exercise without aggravating your acne. To summarize, it is important to be
aware of what you do before, during, and after your workouts. Ensure to remove
makeup, protect skin from sunlight using sunscreen and clean exercising
equipment BEFORE you exercise. DURING your workout, keep your hands away from
your face and use a clean towel to wipe off the sweat. AFTER the workout, Pat
skin dry the sweat with a clean towel, and take a shower. If you are looking
for an more relaxing
way to exercise,
there is in fact 3 kinds of exercises to get healthy and distress the right
way. Yoga, Pilates and Qigong are the matches to your needs!
you exercise for fun or for the benefit, it is healthy for your well-being. Do
not stop because it can trigger pimples, however, focus on fixing the root
cause of acne itself,which is exactly what AcnEase does. Post-workout acne
located on your face, chest, and back can be tackled by
using AcnEase. This is a unique,
safe and naturaltreatment
designed to address your sebaceous glands and decrease future breakouts.
only is honey sweet, but it contains goodness for the skin too! Honey is found
to contain antibacterial properties which will keep pore clear and clean. Honey
also has a skin lightening agent that will decrease the appearance of scars.
Burned skin and aid recovery can be calmed with using honey as this will
restore hydration into the deepest layers of the skin. Try it!
this is your first time using honey, there is a chance that you will feel an
itchy feeling - don’t worry! Massage the itches area and try to keep the mask
on for the full 10 - 15 minutes.
Don’t use more tea tree oil than is recommended. Remember, less is more. Too
much tea tree oil can burn your skin. Always dilute essential oils with other
oils/ingredients before application.
We want to hear from
you! How do you prevent acne when working out? What are your secrets for
keeping acne away? Tell us in the comments below!