Who else is working on getting summertime fine?
The season is here for showing a little more skin, which means many of us are working out more to shed a little weight to look and feel our best. One added bonus to working out is it’s great for healthier skin, but what else should you be doing to prevent acne breakouts as it relates to your workout routine?
First things first, let's talk about your workout routine.
Exercise is great for your overall health and can even help improve your skin by increasing blood flow and delivering oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. However, certain types of exercise and clothing choices can aggravate acne.
If you're experiencing acne anywhere on your body, try to avoid wearing tight-fitting workout clothes or gear that doesn't allow your skin to breathe. Opt for looser, breathable clothing made of natural fibers like cotton. Also, be mindful of sweat buildup on your skin. Make sure to shower as soon as possible after your workout, and if that's not possible, at least change out of your sweaty clothes and wipe down any areas prone to breakouts with a gentle, alcohol-free toner.
When it comes to your skincare routine, it's important to be gentle with your skin. Harsh cleansers or exfoliants can actually make acne worse by stripping your skin of its natural oils and causing irritation.
Instead, choose gentle cleansers that won't clog your pores. Look for products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can help unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria. It's also a good idea to incorporate a moisturizer into your routine to help hydrate and protect your skin.
If you're using any topical acne treatments, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and only apply them to affected areas. Over-applying these products can dry out your skin and cause further irritation.
Lastly, don't forget the importance of sun protection! Sun exposure can worsen acne and cause discoloration or scarring. Make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, and reapply as needed if you're exercising outside.
Remember, dealing with acne can be frustrating, but it's important to be patient and consistent with your skincare routine and your overall wellness. Be gentle with your skin, make healthy lifestyle choices, and don't be afraid to reach out to a dermatologist if you need additional support.