So you are one of the many people in the world who goes to the gym to workout, only to end up later discovering that your skin doesn’t react too well with the increase in sweating. The result is a breakout, mild or severe, of acne almost all over your body. Sometimes people who experience acne breakouts from exercising might actually stop performing the certain exercises in which they believe is causing such a breakout in order to avoid the acne. However, I encourage you to keep with your current exercise schedule and take a different approach to fixing the acne problem.
Whats happening when we workout is our body sweats out the toxins from within, which end up mixing with our skins oil, dead skin cells, and whatever other bacteria we may come in contact with while at the gym. This series can lead to our pores becoming clogged or infected with other germs. So how do we go about preventing these breakouts?
What To Do Pre-Workout
The first thing to do is to make sure that before you go to workout and sweat, you remove any such materials added to your skin, such as makeup, sunscreen, and even moisturizer. These are all products that can be applied to the skin and are used by millions, that when combined with sweat from the body, can lead to a build up of bacteria that results in oily skin. So by removing the makeup and other oils, we apply to our skin daily before beginning a sweaty workout, we can help prevent these oils and products from entering into our pores to prevent acne from forming later.
The next thing to do is to make sure you wash with an alcohol-free cleanser to help remove bacteria from your pores and skin. You want a wash that will foam or bubble when it’s mixed with water and applied to skin because this will help exfoliate the skin to remove any dead skin cells and unwanted dirt and bacteria that gets trapped in our open pores. If your skin is too sensitive or reacts differently to these products or these kinds of products simply do not work to help clear up your skin, it’s probably best for you to seek professional medical help from a dermatologist to figure out how to go about clearing up your skin and treating any acne that comes from exercising.
However, in most cases, no matter how severe your breakouts may be from working out, there is going to be at least one wash or treatment available to help fix your problem. I have had issues myself with acne breakouts and some of the best washes I’ve found to date to work very well are two common ones you can purchase in store. 1) PanOxyl. This was actually recommended to me by a dermatologist to help with my acne and it did wonders for me. What I couldn’t get cleared up for months on end actually ended up going away after about a week or two with this wash. What’s nice about the PanOxyl wash is that it contains Benzoyl peroxide, which is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and even exfoliating wash all combined into one foaming wash product.
Take Home Message
Although there are many great products that I can continue to list and many that I have tried and had success with myself, these I did list I feel have worked the best for me without causing any skin irritations like many others have. However, since everyone’s skin is different, you will need to experiment yourself with some acne washes to figure out which ones will and won’t work for you. If your skin burns or an allergic reaction of some sort occurs from a wash, I recommend stopping using the product immediately. If you are unsure how your skin will react to a product, try using a small amount to a test area on your body and see what happens before applying it all over. However, the most common and safest ingredients in most washes will be Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. Find yourself a wash with either of these two products and you should have clearer skin in no time.