Keeping yourself physically fit is a big do but if you’re dealing with a certain skin condition, your fitness routine could be a big don’t in your skincare. However, it is possible for the two to be in harmony so you can experience healthy and happy skin as well as a fit and energized body.
Learn how you can make the most of your next visit to the gym without putting your skin at risk.
When you workout, you sweat. Even though this function is perfectly normal and necessary in regular bodily functions, when mixed with skin disorders, the results can be disastrous.
The presence of constant sweat can be hazardous for those who suffer from acne (especially “bacne”), eczema, oily and dry skin types.
Because most gym goers tend to sport tight fitting clothing while working out, this traps the loads of sweat tightly against the skin, clogging pores and inviting a lot of dirt, oil and bacteria.
If left untreated, this can create a breakout of acne on the shoulders, chest and back – commonly know as “bacne.”
Eczema sufferers who sweat excessively during a workout can be tempted to scratch at the area, which can lead to unsightly sores that take forever to heal.
The presence of sweat for oily skin types can wreak havoc on the complexion, causing the sebaceous glands to produce more oil than ever, leading to breakouts.
Dry skin types that sweat can be prone to scratching and damaging their skin.
In order to fight the negative effects of sweat for these skin conditions be sure to follow these helpful tips before, during and after your workout.
How To Take Care Of Your Skin During A Workout
- While working out, keep hair out of your face and neck by putting it up in a bun or ponytail and wearing a clean and dry sweatband so the sweat, dirt and oil gets captured there instead of on your skin. After your workout quickly wash and dry your sweatband and never use it if it’s already dirty.
- Always take a shower after working out or in between workouts. This will effectively wash away all of the accumulated sweat and dirt so that your pores stay clean and free of breakouts.
- If you’re a fan of the sauna, avoid staying too long or you can be doing more harm than good to your skin. Enjoy the sauna in increments and rinse off quickly in the shower.
- Never let sweat sit on your skin for a long period of time. If you feel you’re getting too sweaty, take a break and take a quick rinse in the gym showers and then resume your workout. Apply moisturizer as needed and if you take a dip in the pool, shower off then as well. You never want to keep chlorine on your skin.
- While working out, avoid wearing clothes that are too tight or made of fabric that restricts your skin’s ability to breathe. Opt for loose-fitting cotton fabrics.
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