02 Dec Tips for Saving Your Skin from Post Workout Acne
Working out has so many health benefits but it can also wreak havoc on your skin if you don’t properly prep your skin before and after a workout.
In many ways, exercise can be very good for our skin. It can increase blood flow to the skin cells, bringing in nutrients and oxygen and taking away waste, which may aid healing.
It can also help reduce stress.
However, working up a good sweat in the gym can also create the perfect conditions for acne-causing bacteria and yeast to thrive, causing more frequent breakouts.
Here are some ways to save your skin from post workout acne:
Remove any makeup before your workout
During exercise, 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.
Pull long hair or bangs back off of your skin
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.
Wipe any equipment that is going to touch your face or areas prone to breakout
This includes headphones, if you enjoy listening to music or a good podcast during your workout.
You should also clean any sports equipment that touches your face, such as helmets or googles.
Cleaning them will remove oil, dirt, and bacteria that can contribute to breakouts.
Avoid touching your face with your hands during a workout
Make it a habit of not touching your face with your hands during a workout.
Any bacteria, oils, or dirt that you’ve touched can get transferred to your skin, contributing to clogged pores and infections.
Wear breathable, moisture wicking clothing
Sweaty, tight-fighting clothes trap moisture next to your skin, creating the perfect conditions for acne flares, said Massick.
Whenyeast overgrows on your skin, it can cause a type of fungal acne to develop.
This type of acne is often misdiagnosed as bacterial acne, leading to improper treatment.
Skin breakouts due to yeast overgrowth require oral antifungal medications.
Shower right after your workout
If possible, shower after your workout to remove any sweat, oil, dirt, and bacteria that may have accumulated.
Using face and body cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide to cleanse acne-prone skin.
Benzoyl peroxide can reduce the amount of an acne-causing bacteria called Cutibacterium acnes.
If benzoyl peroxide is too harsh for your skin, you can alternatively use a gentle, oil-free cleanser or micellar water to remove bacteria and oils after your workout, she suggested.
If it isn’t possible to shower after your workout, at a bare minimum you should be washing your face.
Some people develop blackheads from workout out and so some of these gentle blackhead cleansers will help!
Simply taking good care of your skin before a workout by removing any makeup and then washing your skin with gentle cleansers right after, will go a long way!