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An Exerciser's Guide to Skin Care

Can Workouts Cause Breakouts?

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  • YAKUTA
    Sweating during excercise doesnt cause acne unless you already have acne. In that case, acne bacteria comes out and finds new areas to infect.
    I am acne prone. To control and get rid of acne, I periodically use "Niapads" - niacinamide pads for acne relief. - 11/29/2014 8:08:32 AM
  • So, does sweating excessively from heat have the same good skin benefits? - 7/26/2014 1:22:03 PM
  • I sometimes read these articles again. There is always something you forget about. - 7/26/2014 9:05:07 AM
  • REHASHAIKH
    Diet and beauty are co related more healthy food you intake which gives natural source of vitamins and proteins make your skin supple and glowing.
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    - 6/16/2014 3:00:52 AM
  • I've had horrible acne, and I've used a lot of things to get rid/prevent it (topical gels, pills, you name it). A combo that gave me the best results (in my late teens) was proactiv and birth control, but even then I had moderate acne and would break out. After exercising regulary however, I barely have any acne, and my outbreaks are minimal. I thought sweat would clog pores, but reading and learning that it actually unclogs them is pretty cool! - 4/15/2014 10:27:47 AM
  • My skin has improved as a result of healthier habits.
    Thanks Sparkpeople!

    ~Sonya - 1/1/2013 11:45:14 PM
  • Cystic acne seems to get enflamed worse when working out. - 9/4/2012 8:53:39 AM
  • The flaky skin is probably a result of the shower being too hot or being in it for too long or too often. Is it possible to get the temp down a bit? Have you tried moisturisers?
    I used to wash or take wipes to control the worst of the sweat and change into clean/dry clothing at the gym, but come home to shower so I could control the temp and not be exposed to other people's bugs. - 9/2/2012 9:35:42 AM
  • What about the flaky skin caused by all the hot showers? Surely I am not the only one with this particular problem...??? - 8/5/2012 11:08:13 AM
  • CHRISCHUA
    Hey workout is really necessary and during workout hydrating body is really necessary, as during workout we sweat, all the toxics in body come out through sweat, so it is really good to drink water and sweat more... - 5/31/2012 4:27:44 AM
  • JOHNTB29
    The problem can be sweating whilst wearing gym clothing. Even after showering if you haven't cooled off completely you can still be sweating, especially if your in a dash to go somewhere quickly after a workout. I carry a product from oxederm that helps keep my skin clear from breakouts after going to the gym.

    - 5/29/2012 10:03:05 AM
  • FITJESSI
    In my experience, exercise has been my greatest tool in fighting acne. My skin has been the clearest when I have been involved in sports or more recently when I made going to the gym a part of my daily routine.

    As the article mentioned, it is important to develop some hygienic habits such as not wearing make up, not touching your face, and taking a shower as soon as possible after a workout. As much as its good to be informed, I really think that if you use common sense, you really don't need to worry about the "risks" to your skin if you exercise regularly.

    - 2/18/2012 5:07:12 PM

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