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Exercise and Acne

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Exercise and Acne

SWEAT + TIGHT CLOTHING + FRICTION = BODY BREAKOUTS

So you’ve been hitting the gym. Sweating it out in lots of hot yoga sessions, crushing it in spinning class, increasing your running miles… nice work!!

But along with the awesome benefits of exercise (think endorphin release, stronger muscles, better health, and you look great!) can come unwanted tagalongs-- acne and folliculitis!

Avid cyclists and spinners can get wicked butt acne.

Martial artists struggle with shoulder and back breakouts from grappling on the matt.

Hot yoga aficionados end up with pimples and folliculitis under their sports bras and yoga pants.

Why? Because when you exercise, clogged pores and follicles are exposed to sweat, friction, and a bacteria-laden, grimy environment under tight clothing. And then, to add insult to injury, instead of hitting the showers right away, after your workout you grab coffee or go grocery shopping. VIOLA! You’ve got a bad case of body acne putting a damper on your toned physique.

If you suspect that your workouts are causing breakouts, then don’t worry, you don’t have to stop exercising! You can continue playing your sport or hitting the gym, but make sure to follow these tips:

  • Get out of your sweaty gym clothes as quickly as possible. Ideally, you hop in the shower right after exercising. But we know this isn’t always possible. If you can’t shower then at least bring a change of clothes so you can get the sweaty, dirty clothes off of your acne-prone skin.
  • Can’t shower OR change clothes?? Well okay, then at least smear some Almond Clear onto the blemish-prone area right after working out! Almond Clear is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, so it will immediately start killing acne and folliculitis-inflaming microbes. Trust us, if you start applying Almond Clear regularly after working out, your post-workout breakouts will noticeably decrease.
  • Opt for looser, lighter fabrics. We love “athleisure” clothing as much as the next person. But those tight-fitting shirts and pants are a major contributor to body acne. Why? Because they rub against your skin, and there’s a type of acne called acne mechanica that’s caused by rubbing (like the pimples that you get from backpack or purse straps). To minimize acne mechanica, wear looser fitting, breathable workout gear. Think lightweight cotton shirts and shorts. Also, when you’re lounging at home, give the yoga pants a break and choose some garb that allows your skin to breathe!
  • If you have booty breakouts, choose cotton underwear! Butt acne and folliculitis are the bane of many cyclists and runners. Exercise creates the perfect environment for buttne, because sweat gets trapped against your skin and then restrictive clothing and underwear create constant friction on the butt area. It’s important to let the skin down there breathe, so ditch the synthetic fibers and choose breathable cotton underwear instead.
  • Wear a headband! If your post-workout breakouts appear on your forehead, then it’s likely that your hair products are dripping down onto your forehead. Hair products can really clog your pores, so wear a headband to keep them from making contact with your face.
  • Scrub your skin gently in the shower. A lot of people seem to think that it’s good to scrub like crazy in the shower because it exfoliates your skin. Not true! All that harsh scrubbing is irritating your bumps and spreading bacteria or fungus between your pores and hair follicles. So knock it off with the abrasive scrubbing! Your blemish treatment product will do the exfoliating for you because it removes dead skin cells and oil via chemical exfoliation. All that you need to do is use a mild cleanser and scrub gently with a warm, wet washcloth. Ahhhh, much better!
  • Quit picking at your bumps! Squeezing and picking will cause them to get much worse, and will increase the likelihood of scarring. Keep your hands off of your breakouts and trust your skin-clearing product to do the hard work for you.
  • Got folliculitis? Try an antifungal supplement. If you suspect that you have folliculitis, then talk with your doctor about taking an antifungal dietary supplement. There are many effective antifungal supplements that can be found in natural grocery stores. You might also want to talk with your doc about dietary changes like reducing sugar and simple carbohydrates.

    If you’ve only got the bandwidth to make one change, then by far the most effective step is to start using a skin-clearing product like Almond Clear. Its exfoliating, antibacterial, and antifungal properties stop breakouts before they start. Kiss your post-workout acne and folliculitis goodbye with daily applications of Almond Clear.