Breaking a sweat, while fantastic for your body, mind, and overall health, sometimes leads to some not-so-fantastic breakouts on your face and body. Sweat can build up and clog pores, bacteria that thrives in humid gym environments can be transferred to your skin when you touch an uncleaned machine, and all of these things can cause acne. New York Dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Fenton of Schweiger Dermatology Group has come to the rescue and has shared tips for avoiding workout breakouts! So stop avoiding those sweat sessions and start following the tips below:
1. Don’t Postpone Showering
Showering soon after a workout will prevent sweat from sticking around and mixing with dead skin cells to clog pores. If you don’t have time or access to a shower right after your workout, you can use a medicated pad with salicylic or glycolic acid for a quick wipe-down.
2. Use the Right Body Wash
Trading out your regular soap for an antibacterial or anti-acne wash containing ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can also be helpful. One tip for using a benzoyl peroxide wash is to leave it on for a few minutes after you lather (shave or brush your teeth in the shower) before rinsing it off. This can help the medication sink in. There are also micronized forms of benzoyl peroxide on the market now that have smaller sized particles of the medication, allowing for deeper penetration into the pores and follicles.
3. Exfoliate Regularly
Regular exfoliation is the key to preventing the buildup of skin cells: exfoliating scrubs, body brushes, or just a washcloth can make a big difference. Try dry brushing, it increases circulation and even helps to reduce cellulite.
4. Breathable Clothing
Try to wear loose fitting, breathable cotton clothing. The tighter, synthetic materials just compress the sweat and dirt into the pores. Check out some of our favorite workout wear here!