There are very few things that make our skin look healthier than a workout! Exercising nourishes skin by promoting blood flow which in turn carries oxygen and nutrients to all the parts of the body, including our faces. Exercising can also make us sweat which promotes the removal of toxins from the body.
But, working out can also create an environment that may induce acne. This is because increased sweat and dirt cause clogged pores and encourages bacterial growth. Anywhere you perspire while working out–think your waist, back, face, neck, and even under your bust–is more prone to breakouts.
Obviously, forgoing exercising isn’t advisable so we’ve put together a guide to help you to take care of your skin and keep breakouts at bay. By understanding what you can do before, during, and after your sweat session, you can reduce the chances of acne.
Before your workout
· Start with a clean face otherwise the layer of bacteria and dirt sitting on your skin will make their way into your pores, causing acne.
· To cut down on the amount of sweat that finds its way onto your face, wear an absorbent cotton headband. This will soak up any sweat and residue of haircare products that may trickle down your skin, clogging pores.
· Choose breathable fabrics while working out. If your sweat is trapped under non-breathable ones, it will lead to breakouts.
· If you’re applying sunscreen before working out, make sure it is a non-comedogenic formula.
During your workout
· To prevent irritation, use a soft and gentle napkin to mop up your face. Remember to dab it versus rubbing it vigorously.
· Avoid touching your face while working out. Every time you do that, you only deposit a layer of grime on it!
After your workout
· Wash your face with a salicylic acid-based cleanser as this active ingredient will dissolve any sweat and oil that may congest your pores.
· To prevent acne on your body, try to get out of your sweaty clothes as soon as possible. Shower to wash away all the perspiration, otherwise, the bacteria on the skin can multiply.
· Clean your workout equipment (especially your exercise mat) before and after using it. This will reduce your exposure to bacteria, grime, and dirt.
· Wash your sweaty clothing after each workout session as these can be hotspots for fungus and bacteria.