Staying active is an important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, but when your workout routine is causing nasty breakouts, it can become a major problem. For the 85% of 14-24 year-olds who experience acne, feeling like a workout is the cause can be off-putting and make it hard to feel confident being active.
Whether you are a runner, sports player, or simple gym-goer, having the right routine for your skin can prevent these types of breakouts and help you feel empowered in your fitness routine. Read on to learn some easy steps you can take to prevent workout breakouts, before and after your exercise.
Before the Workout
Get Yourself Ready
Prepping your skin before a workout is essential to setting yourself up for success. Take off your makeup and use a gentle face wash like the ones recommended in your custom Acne Intelligence routine before the gym to prevent foundation or built-up oils from clogging pores. If you have long hair or bangs, pull them up and away from your face. Leaving your hair down can sometimes trap sweat under the hair, making those areas of your skin more susceptible to breakouts.
Have the Right Gear
Cleaning any wearable workout gear that touches your face, back, or other major breakout areas before use can significantly help fight against pesky breakouts. Make sure your headphones are sanitized and any helmets, goggles, or other gear have been cleaned before you put them on. Additionally, choosing the right sweat towel is important. You may think that grabbing any old hand towel from home is fine, but if you’re serious about preventing breakouts, this may be the step that you’re missing. A proper gym towel is much lighter and thinner than your typical bath towel. Bath towels from home are too thick to be effective in the gym and may be trapping bacteria from your sweat that is then put back on your skin each time you wipe off.
During the Workout
After you’ve fully prepped for a skin-friendly workout, make sure you aren’t making mistakes during your workout that may lead to acne. If you can, avoid touching your face with your hands during your workout. Instead, wipe away perspiration with a clean towel or paper towel. Our hands can harbor bacterias that are harmful to the sensitive skin on your face and will cause unwanted breakouts. You should also wear clean workout clothes that are loose-fitting and moisture-wicking to prevent germs from getting trapped between the fabric and your skin. Staying hydrated is also important to prevent workout breakouts. If you’re dehydrated, it will reflect in your skin.
After the Workout
Once you’re done with your sweat sesh, change out of your dirty clothes ASAP. You may think running to the store or going to class right after your workout isn’t the end of the world, but in reality, it can give excess sweat and dirt time to sit on top of your skin and trigger breakouts.
If your schedule allows, you should always shower immediately after your workout. Even if it’s quick, cleaning your face and body will leave you feeling fresh and will get rid of any buildup that could cause a breakout. Be cautious though, and skip the scalding hot water, which can strip the skin of vital oils and leave your skin feeling dry and sensitive. Opt for warm or lukewarm water instead and always remember to moisturize afterward.
Skincare is a process. Knowing how to protect your skin during everyday activities can help set you on the right track to clear, healthy skin. Ready to get started with an acne-fighting routine that really works? Download the Acne Intelligence app for your free consultation and personalized regimen today.