One thing that I most definitely do not miss from my teenage years is acne. Up on that list is also being completely clueless as to how to grow out my bangs, feeling totally weird in my body and general social awkwardness. That however is for a different post.
Although I am pleased to report that most of my teenage acne woes are no more, I still experience an annoying break out on occasion – I know that some of it is hormonal. However others fall smack in the exercise acne camp.
This is not a fun experience at all! The reason we go to the gum is to feel better, both inside and out not to experience a break out. This is why we wanted to share a few tips from on how to prevent exercise acne for Be-YOU-tiful Week.
Tips on Preventing Exercise Acne
Nothing beats an awesome sweat session. However the benefits for your skin from working out are not as great as the benefits it provides for your health. Your pores can become clogged due to a buildup of sweat and this can lead to breakouts. On top of that, when you touch your face, oil and bacteria which mainly thrive in environments that are humid and moist, such as at the gym, can be transferred to our face, this can possibly lead to acne flare ups. Here are four simple ways in which you prevent exercise acne every time you go to the gym.
- Never Postpone Showering
When you shower shortly after a workout you prevent the sweat from settling on the skin and mixing with any dead cells which can clog pores. If you do not have access to a shower to the time to shower right after your workout, you can use a medicated pad with glycolic or salicylic acid, for examples ClearMe Pads by Clear Clinic, for a simple wipe down that can prevent exercise acne.
- Use the Correct Body Wash
Swap your regular soap for an anti-acne or anti-bacterial wash that contains ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can also help you to prevent exercise acne. A little tip for using benzoyl peroxide wash is to lather up and then leave it in a few minutes while you brush your teeth or shave in the shower, then thoroughly rinse off. This helps the medication to really soak in. You can also find various micronized form of benzoyl peroxide on the market which offers similar sized particles of this medication, this allows for it to penetrate deeper into the follicles and pores. If you want to find out more about washes then this site has an array of information.
- Exfoliate on a Regular Basis
The key to preventing a build-up of skin cells is regular exfoliation: body brushes, exfoliating scrubs, or a simple washcloth can make all the difference.
- Breathable Clothing
Try to wear breathable, loose fitting cotton clothing. Materials that are tight and synthetic simply compress the dirt and sweat into the pores.
Have you noticed that when you do not do these things you experience acne flare ups? I have found it a bit easier during the winter than during the summer simply because I sweat less and in cooler months, there is less humidity, and however the key for me is number three.