A good sweaty workout or run can really boost your energy. It’s also a great way to improve your mood. The downside is that sweat, combined with dirt, grime and other environmental factors, can make you breakout. Read on to find out why sweat pimples happen and what to do about them.
Sweat alone doesn't cause pimples; it is the buildup of dirt, oil and bacteria on your skin that can cause pimples. When you sweat, the sweat moves through your pores and gets onto your skin. Sweat then evaporates on the skin and cools down the body. This mechanism is also how the body flushes out toxins.
Problems begin when there is dirt and bacteria on your skin. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist conditions and if the sweat is not washed away, bacteria quickly multiplies. As bacteria and other impurities accumulate on your skin, they start to block your pores. Sweat cannot get through clogged pores, causing the follicles to swell and sweat pimples to form.
Gently cleansing the affected area after sweating heavily and at the end of the day is the best way to get rid of sweat pimples.
- Use lukewarm or cool water to apply the cleanser and to rinse it off. Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils.
- Use a cleanser that does not strip the skin of its natural oils. Excess oil can clog pores, but stripping the skin of its natural oils will leave the skin dry and susceptible to infections. PURIFY ME contains argan oil, which the skin absorbs quickly. Argan oil nourishes and hydrates skin with Vitamins A and E.
- Use a cleanser that has anti-inflammatory properties. PURIFY ME contains hamamelis, which has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe skin irritation.
- Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Rubbing your face dry can increase skin irritation.
A good wash stops sweat and impurities from building up on your skin, clogging pores and forming sweat pimples.
As with treating sweat pimples, proper hygiene also is the key to preventing them. Removing makeup, dirt and bacteria from your skin before working out will prevent clogged pores and sweat pimples. This way, when you sweat, the toxins that the body releases through sweat will find clear pores to pass through and flush away impurities. After exercising, you should cleanse your skin again, washing away any toxins before they start forming blemishes.
Heat rash is caused by excessive sweating in hot and humid conditions. It can appear as small white or clear, fluid-filled bumps or as red bumps on your skin’s surface. Typically, heat rashes form on the back, chest, and neck.
Boils are caused by bacteria, Staphylococcus. They are discolored bumps that develop deep in the skin. These bumps increase in size as they fill with pus. Boils usually form around cuts or breaks in the skin and are more painful than pimples.
Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). They are tiny blisters that appear on the lips and in the mouth. They are very contagious and can be spread through saliva or close contact with someone who has a cold sore outbreak. Pimples do not form on the lips or in the mouth and are not contagious.
If you are not sure which skin condition you are suffering from, you should consult with a dermatologist. Getting the correct diagnosis is the first step to solving any problem. Dermatologists are also able to prescribe medications that are not available over-the-counter.
Don’t stop exercising, but do keep your skin clean. Maintaining your skin’s natural pH is essential. The best way to do this is through a consistent skincare routine that includes a gentle but effective cleanser.
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