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Preventing sweat bumps and other post-workout skin problems

Solution » Is sweating good for your skin? » Sweat bumps

Sweating is a natural body function that serves several purposes. Mainly, it regulates body temperature when sweat evaporates on the skin. However, it is best to get sweat off the skin as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can cause skin problems.

They commonly occur on the face, forehead and on the neck and are usually stingy.

Bumps from sweat

Those who live in hot, humid climates and those who exercise frequently are more prone to skin problems related to sweat. Sweat bumps are one such problem. Also known as prickly heat, heat rash or miliaria, the bumps are not dangerous but they are uncomfortable. The bumps tend to appear on areas that have a lot of sweat glands and where clothing rubs against the skin. It is therefore common to get;

  • sweat bumps on face
  • sweat bumps on chest
  • sweat bumps on legs
  • sweat bumps on forehead
  • sweat bumps on back
  • sweat bumps on groin
  • sweat bumps on feet

Types of sweat bumpsHow You Get Sweat Spots

Babies are more susceptible to these bumps than adults because their sweat ducts are underdeveloped. They often get a mild form known as miliaria crystallina around their chest, shoulders and neck. Two other types of sweat bumps are miliaria rubra and miliaria profunda. The term sweat bumps is derived from miliaria profunda which is more serious and which causes lesions that resemble goose bumps to form on affected areas.

Symptoms of sweat bumps

Sweat bumps are formed when excessive sweat damages the skin cells on the uppermost layer of skin and trap sweat below. When this happens, bumps form, swell up, burst and release the sweat which stings the skin around the bump.

This causes symptoms including;

  • Lesions that are made up of pin-head size red bumps.
  • Lesions that form on the face, back, neck, armpits, over the tummy and groin but not on the palms and soles.
  • Prickling and irritation around the lesions which swell and then burst to release the sweat which can be very itchy.
  • Lesions that may fill with pus. The pus may be non-infectious but constant itching can cause a secondary pyogenic infection.
  • Burning and tingling sensations and itching that are made worse by sweat.

Sweat bumps and workouts

Apart from hot, humid weather, sweat bumps are also caused by physical activity that causes sweating. This is why it is common for those who work out frequently to get them. If you are a woman who works out often and you see these bumps form, no worries. There is a solution. You can keep working out for health and fitness if you use products that are dedicated to taking care of skin that is often sweating.

The Solution: 123FRÉ Skin Care Treatment

Formulated for skin that sweats.

123FRÉ is a comprehensive 3-step routine that creates a clear complexion and a healthy glow. It combats exercise and sweat-induced skin damage: breakouts, dehydration and aging.

Step 1: Protect Me (2 fl. oz / 60 ml) is an ultra-light SPF30 moisturizer. It is water-resistant, won't clog pores and won't sting eyes when you sweat. No white cast. 

Step 2: Purify Me (5.07 fl. oz / 150 ml) is a hydrating facial cleanser that prevents and treats breakouts, de-stresses and re-balances skin pH, post-workout.

Step 3: Revive Me (2 fl. oz / 60 ml) is a specialized anti-aging serum that boosts fatigued skin with vitamins and minerals, regenerates collagen and skin elasticity, creating an energized healthy glow.

All products are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic. 

The 123FRÉ set lasts for more than 3 months. Value: $150. 

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I have to say that I was blown away by the quality of the products! There simply is no other way to put it. And what surprised me most was that I wasn't the only one to notice that my skin looked better; people complimented me for having this "certain glow".


I have a very sensitive skin (that easily gets irritated from sweating during workout and from the changing weather conditions here) and the Fré samples calmed and soothed the skin directly after the first use.

FRÉ skincare for active women

FRÉ is the first skincare range specially formulated for women who work out. FRÉ products are formulated for skin that sweats with natural ingredients. 123FRÉ is a comprehensive 3-step facial skincare treatment that keeps skin as healthy as exercise keeps the body. It prevents sweat and outdoors workout induced skin damage and promotes a resilient and glowing skin.

The 123FRE skincare set is made up of;

  • Protect Me is Step 1. It is an incredibly light SPF30 moisturizer made for skin that sweats. It is resistant to sweat; it won't cause the eyes to sting should it get into the eyes and won't clog pores.
  • Purify Me is Step 2. It is a facial cleanser that will clean, soothe, rehydrate and rebalance the skin's pH after a workout.
  • Revive Me is Step 3. This anti-aging serum keeps skin young by regenerating collagen production which maintains skin elasticity.

How to get rid of sweat bumps

Usually, it will not be necessary to see a doctor because of sweat bumps. They will usually clear up by themselves in a few days. This is unless you have scratched them and they have become infected with bacteria. In this case, a doctor may give you a prescription for a topical steroid cream. An over-the-counter remedy like calamine lotion will also usually take care of the bumps.

Once the bumps clear up, you can keep them at bay by faithfully using FRÉ skincare products for women who exercise. FRÉ products are also the answer to the question of how to prevent and treat sweat bumps on face. Use the three products on days that you work out and even when you don't to ensure that your skin always has an effective barrier of protection.

Stopping them before they start

Apart from taking good care of your skin with FRE products, you can take other precautions to keep sweat bumps and other post-workout skin problems at bay. One is to work out in workout clothes that wick moisture away from the skin. They also keep you dry and comfortable.

Another is to try and keep your workouts to times of the day that are cool such as early morning and evenings, more so if your exercise outdoors. If you exercise indoors, ensure that the room remains cool with air conditioning.

You also want to avoid showering in water that is too hot after working out and then applying perfumed products after that. That is very likely to trigger skin blemishes. Rather, take a warm shower, then use FRE products on your face, neck and chest. Your skin will thank you with a lovely glow and radiance that never fades.

123FRÉ Facial Skincare Routine

Step 1: "Protect Me"
  1. Apply to facial, neck, and décolleté skin prior to workout.
  2. Massage until fully absorbed.
Step 2: "Purify Me"
  1. Apply directly to skin post-workout.
  2. Massage into skin with a facial sponge.
  3. Rinse.
Step 3: "Revive Me"
  1. Apply several drops of serum to clean skin.
  2. Massage for overall coverage.
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You don't have to compromise between exercise and your skin health. Inspired by active and resilient women, FRÉ skincare products are specially formulated to help protect, cleanse, and repair skin that has undergone damage caused by sweat, environmental factors and intense exercise. Launched in October 2016, we are committed to promoting healthy beauty in motion thanks to our botanical-based research & development.