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is good for your weight, agility, stamina, cardio, and managing stress, it can
also carry some unexpected and not very pleasant effects.
However, if we
know what these side-effects are and learn how to control or prevent them, we
can fully enjoy benefits of all form of exercising.
What we must
first understand is this: exercise stimulates production of testosterone in both women and men. While testosterone
offers more stamina and a more muscled body, it is also a major stimulator of
sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (skin oil). Overproduction of sebum leads
to oily skin and hair and furthermore may initiate acne cascade…no matter your
gender, body type, or age.
increases blood flow to the skin. This increased blood flow causes the pores to
open, trapping makeup, skin products, sweat, and bacteria in the open and
enlarged pores. Over time, this leads to clogged pores and acne.
create the perfect conditions for acne-causing bacteria and yeast to thrive,
causing more frequent breakouts. Following some simple tips can help stop
breakouts before they start.
Keep your skin clean and dry.
medications that control bacteria and balance skin oil production.
To prevent post-workout acne, use
these tips to keep your skin as in-shape as your body:
1. Remove makeup and
topical skin products prior to your workout.
there’s increased blood flow to the skin. This increased blood flow causes the
pores to open. Makeup can cause sweat and bacteria to become trapped in the
enlarged pores. Over time, this can lead to clogged pores and acne.
your hair is long, pull it back and off your face.
Natural oils from
your hair and hair care products can be transferred to your skin. Hair can also
trap moisture on your skin. This can clog pores and encourage fungal growth,
contributing to breakouts.
3. Wipe down any
shared or personal exercise equipment prior to use.
This is an important
precaution for preventing the spread of Covid -19, but also will keep your skin
includes headphones and any sports equipment that touches your face, such as
helmets or googles. Cleaning the equipment will remove oil, dirt, and bacteria
that contribute to breakouts.
4. Avoid touching
your face with your hands.
oils, or dirt that you’ve touched can transfer to your skin, contributing to
clogged pores and infections.
plenty of water.
Water is an
effective way to help flush toxins from your system, allowing your internal,
acne-fighting abilities to operate more effectively.
6. Wear loose,
tight-fighting clothes trap moisture next to your skin, creating the perfect environment
for acne flares.
type of yeast called Malassezia, which is commonly
found on the skin, thrives in the warm, moist conditions created by your
workout clothes. When this yeast overgrows on your skin, it can cause a type of
fungal acne infection. This type of acne is often misdiagnosed as bacterial
acne, leading to improper treatment. Skin breakouts due to yeast overgrowth
require oral antifungal medications.
7. Change out of
sweaty clothes as soon as possible.
Though it may be tempting to wear your old gym
shirt, it’s important to properly wash your workout clothes before wearing them
again. Pore-clogging oils and dirt can get trapped in the material and transfer
to your skin the next time you work out.
8. Shower immediately after your workout.
If possible, shower immediately after your
workout to remove any sweat, oil, dirt, and bacteria that may have accumulated.
Use mild cleansers to avoid over-drying or irritating your skin. Using more
harsh cleansers causes your skin to produce more, not less oil (sebum).
It is also better to use warm and long streams
of water versus very hot steam, to avoid stressing and over-drying the skin.
If it isn’t possible to shower after your
workout, at a bare minimum you should wash your face.
9. Use non-comedogenic
moisturizers on your face and body.
Your skin needs
moisture to keep young and supple but also to avoid over-shedding the dead skin
cells that clog pores.
should be free of oils, heavy perfumes, lanolin, and other heavy ingredients.
If you’d like to
exfoliate, do so in the shower no more than once a week. If your skin is
sensitive, only exfoliate once every two weeks. Do NOT over-exfoliate as it may
injure the skin and make it susceptible to infection.
an all-natural, over-the-counter botanical
therapeutic to control sebum production and kill bacteria
that causes acne and, as a result, PREVENT acne from coming or getting
exasperated by your exercise routine.