This is a guest post written by Dr. Parks of DermWarehouse
For most of us, working out is something that we do to make us look good and feel good. So, it can be very frustrating when your workouts are leading to breakouts. Believe it or not, it’s not necessarily the sweating itself that’s causing you to breakout. There are many other factors that lead to post-workout acne. There are several things that you can do, however, to ensure your workouts won’t make your skin suffer.
Don’t Blame the Sweat
A good sweat session can actually be good for your skin, as it helps remove impurities and clean out your pores. In reality, what is likely leading to breakouts is not the sweat itself, but letting that sweat sit on your skin after the workout. Your sweat has all the bacteria, dirt and oil in it that was in your pores. If you let it sit on your face, those impurities will just settle right back into your skin.
Keep Your Face Clean
Tip number one leads us right into tip number two. If letting sweat sit on your skin causes it to break out, the solution seems pretty simple. Clean your face immediately after a workout. Don’t wait until you get home from the gym, do it while you’re still there. If you don’t want to carry a face wash around with you, throw a package of facial wipes in your bag and wipe down as soon as you hit the locker room. Try the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths.
Not only should you make sure your face is clean after a workout, you should also go into a workout with clean skin. Wearing makeup while you work out can cause a buildup of oil and clog your pores even more. Again, facial wipes can be a huge help here.
Get Out of Your Sweaty Clothes ASAP
The same way that not washing your face right after you work out can lead to breakouts, staying in sweaty clothes can cause you to breakout on your body. If you can, try to shower as soon as you’re done working out, but at a very minimum, make sure to get out of your sweaty clothes and let your skin breathe a little bit.
Keep Your Hair Off Your Face
Make sure to pull your hair and bangs away from your face while you’re working out so that the grease and sweat that accumulates in your hair doesn’t make its way onto your face. Try wearing a head band or hat to ensure no strays fall onto your forehead!
Use Oil-Free Sunscreen
If you’re exercising outside, you should always be sure to wear sunscreen. Choose an oil-free formula to keep pores clear, as oily sunscreens can clog pores and lead to breakouts. The Obagi Sunshield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a great sunscreen option pre-workout.
Wash Equipment Before You Use It
We know that gym-goers are “supposed to” wipe down their equipment after using it, but don’t trust others to do this sufficiently. There’s tons of bacteria living on gym equipment and touching dirty equipment and then your face is a sure-fire way to cause breakouts. Clean all equipment yourself before you start using it, and better yet, just keep your hands away from your face altogether during your workout.
Dr. Alan J. Parks founded Eastside Dermatology & DermWarehouse. Dr. Parks is board certified in dermatology with clinical interests including cosmetic and surgical dermatology, laser treatments, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and skin cancer surgery. Dr. Parks is a recipient of the American Academy of Dermatology Community Service Award for skin cancer screening and the Edmund D. Lowney Teaching Award for teaching dermatology residents. Facebook | Instagram