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7 tips to keep your skin clean after exercise
Those who exercise regularly can sometimes develop skin problems. They are associated with excess sweating, sebum production, and bacterial growth on the skin. Such problems should not be a reason to stop exercising. Experts from the American Dermatological Association told what to do to prevent acne.
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The health benefits of a good exercise routine cannot be overstated. But those who exercise regularly may periodically experience skin problems. They are associated with excess sweating, sebum production, and bacterial growth on the skin. Such problems should not be a reason to stop exercising. Experts from the American Dermatological Association told what to do to prevent or get rid of acne.
“While exercise by itself does not cause acne, the habit of taking care of your skin before and after exercising has a significant effect on your skin. Because training rooms are full of bacteria, it is important to maintain good hygiene during exercise to prevent pores from clogging up and causing harmful bacteria to grow in them,”says Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, Research Fellow at the American Dermatological Association.
News Medical has published Dr. Hausmund's advice for preventing acne after exercise.
1. Wear clean, non-tight, drainage clothing that will not chafe your skin. Clothing and accessories that are too tight (such as headbands, bra straps, spandex clothing) can contribute to acne in areas of repeated friction.
2. Remove any makeup before exercising as it closes the pores of your skin. Use non-greasy makeup removers, gauze pads and micellar water.
3. If you do exercise outdoors, spare sunscreen for all areas of your skin that are not covered by clothing. Solar radiation not only increases the risk of skin cancer. It can provoke skin inflammation and rashes by increasing the production of sebum. It is recommended to use a cream with a broad spectrum of protection with a protection factor of at least 30. The package must indicate that the cream is waterproof, without grease or does not clog pores of the skin.
4. Try to keep your skin dry during exercise. Use a clean towel. Do not rub your skin with it, as this may irritate or inflame existing acne.
5. Wipe down public exercise equipment. They can have a large number of bacteria that contribute to acne. Some halls provide special wiping solutions. You can also use wet wipes for this. It is good practice to wipe down your sports equipment after exercise.
6. Take a warm shower immediately after sports activities. Wash areas with acne with a mild cleanser that says it is fat-free, pore-free, or non-comedogenic. If you have oily skin, you might consider using products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If you cannot shower right away, wash your hands and wipe your face with a salicylic acid swab.
7. After a shower, you need to put on clean clothes, and send sweaty ones to the wash.
“Remember, acne can have many causes, including genetic, hormonal, stress and medication. If you still have acne despite following these guidelines, see a dermatologist,”recalls Dr. Elizabeth Hausmand.