Having a healthy and active fitness routine at the beginning of the year is almost everyone’s resolution, right? But little do we know that our new workout routine might come with a not so pleasant consequence: breakouts.
No one wants to ruin their skin when working on their body, so it’s important that we know ways to prevent post-exercise breakouts. All you need is to take the proper steps to maintain an effective skincare routine that will keep your skin free of dirt and other bacteria.
First things first, exercise alone does not trigger acne, found a study by Stanford University. It’s the combination of dead skin, clogged pores, and bacteria that build ups during exercise that can lead to acne breakouts. Exercise is actually really good for the skin! It increases blood flow and benefits many organs like the heart, lungs etc.
Take your makeup off before going to the gym
The makeup clogs the pores and blocks most of the sweat from coming out, causing it to build up under the skin. That’s when bacteria grows and you get breakouts.
Wash your face before working out
This small detail can remove the buildup of makeup, oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells, helping to lower the chance of breakouts.
Wear clean gym clothes
The old sweat that accumulates in your used workout clothes creates a build-up of bacteria so to avoid back and butt acne you should always make sure your outfits are clean!
Wipe down the equipment you are using
Most gym equipment is cleaned at the end of the day, which means you’ll come into contact with other people’s sweat and bacteria that will cause you breakouts.
Stay hydrated, as dehydration leads to more concentrated sweat, which may predispose the skin to more clogged pores.
Shower right after working out
Letting the sweat and dirt linger on your skin for too long after a workout is another big reason acne appears after exercise, says Papantoniou. Wash your face and other problem areas right after your workout.
Workout at cooler times of the day
Exercising outside, especially during the summer and during high humidity can increase oil production, blocking pores and leading to increased acne. Try working out during cooler time periods throughout the day — either first thing in the morning or later in the evening.