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Does working out give you acne?

6th February 2015

Working out is can make you feel better, not only psychologically but also physically. However, when it comes to your skin, a great concern some have is whether exercising contributes to acne? If you thought this article was going to tell you to stop going to gym to avoid acne, then you will be disappointed.

Working out is essential for keeping a good and healthy heart, lungs and skin. In fact, whilst working out can affect some hormones that trigger acne, it can simultaneously release those that hinder it. Therefore we have carefully looked into providing some useful tips which can help you avoid acne and help you keep a healthier skin.

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Going to the gym might be a place where you want to look your best, but honesty why would you make an effort when deep down you know that you will be all sweaty and look red like a tomato. Makeup can help you psychologically when stepping into the gym but unfortunately, this will only increase the creation of pimples with your pores opening and letting the makeup seep in.


What you wear is probably as important as choosing what kind of exercise you will be doing. If you are likely to get acne, wearing clothing made of 100% lycra or nylon is a big no-no. We recommend having lightweight, loose-fitting garments made of natural fabrics such as cotton or wool. Consequently, your skin will be able to breathe and will be less likely to increase pimples on your skin.


The equipment you may use when going for a workout, whether it’s going to the gym or even wearing a helmet, might not be clean from the previous user. Therefore, making sure you have wipes to make sure there is no bacteria lying around is a good idea.

Furthermore, it’s not only about having everything clean but also making sure there isn’t too much friction created when exercising. Friction is the main cause of acne if exercising.


When is the best time to shower? As soon as you are finished with your work out is definitely the best time to wash. Why? I’s a medicated exfoliating cleanser by removing all the bacteria from your skin. However bear in mind that scrubbing your skin too hard whilst showering will only cause more acne breakouts. If ever you cannot shower straight away, it’s always good to wipe yourself with medicated pads.

If you’d like any recommendations regarding your skin to know exactly what you need to do for skin improvement, please book an appointment with one of our dermatologists at the nearest sk:n clinic to you.

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