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by Lorisa Hasenbush September 29, 2020
“Exercise breakouts” are a compilation of a lot of factors: diet, hormones, and skin conditions to name a few. Sweat also plays a major role. A good workout means you are really sweating, but sweat can trap dirt and toxins on your skin. Often, the sweat cannot evaporate due to makeup or tight fitting clothes, creating a warm, damp environment that is perfect for acne-causing bacteria and yeast to thrive. If the sweat does evaporate, it leaves dirt and salts on your skin that can clog your pores. Thankfully, the right skincare routine will help you avoid post-workout breakouts.
Remove your makeup
Makeup and exercise are not always a good match. Unless you are wearing non-comedogenic cosmetics, makeup creates a barrier on your skin and does not let sweat escape through your pores. Your pores get clogged, causing pimples and blackheads. To prevent this problem, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, like PURIFY ME, before starting your workout. If you want light coverage while working out, you can use a non-comedogenic tinted moisturizer, like GLOW ME, which blurs blemishes and evens skin tone with a universal tint.
Wear clean, loose clothes
Make sure to wear clean workout clothes every time you exercise, as dirty workout clothes can be breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause breakouts. Ideally, you want to exercise in clothes that are sweat-wicking and breathable. Bamboo and cotton fabrics are two natural fabrics that are excellent for activewear. FRÉ’s new 100% cotton T-shirt can be a great addition to your workout wardrobe. What’s more, the clothes should not be too tight; tight fabric can rub against your skin, causing irritation.
Protect your skin
You need to care for your skin before and during your workout. No matter the season, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, especially if you are exercising outdoors. But a lot of sunscreens are heavy, clogging pores and causing breakouts. If you plan to exercise outdoors, apply a non-comedogenic sunscreen, like PROTECT ME. The sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun and breakouts. In addition, pat your skin with a clean towel to keep your face and body dry as you workout. Rubbing your skin can cause acne to flare.
Even if you exercise alone, your sweat and bacteria is on your equipment, including yoga mats, free weights, and headphones (to listen to motivating music). Make sure to wipe down your equipment after your workout to make sure everything is clean for your next session and won’t be a source of acne-causing bacteria. Don’t forget to wash towels and gear, too.
Clean yourself up
A shower is the best way to fully clean up after an intense workout. Use a gentle body cleanser, like PURIFY BODY, to remove toxins, oil, and sweat. If you do not have time to head directly to the shower, wash your hands and face, use cleansing wipes on your body, and change your clothes; it is the second-best option until you reach the shower. Remember to put on clean clothes, so your skin can recover from your workout without irritants, such as dirt, bacteria and damp fabric.
Avoiding post-workout breakoutsWorking out feels great and doesn’t have to lead to breakouts. Use PURIFY ME and PROTECT ME before you start exercising and PURIFY BODY after you finish your workout. Make sure all your clothes and equipment are clean, so you do not invite acne-causing bacteria to your workout, and pat yourself dry throughout the session to avoid irritating your skin. Follow these tips to prevent breakouts and enjoy a radiant post-workout glow.
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