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How to get rid of sweat pimples

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With all the benefits of exercise, you may be having problems with your skin after a workout. According to certified NY dermatologist Dr. Hilary Reich, post-workout breakouts are caused by sweat mixing with the natural oil produced by the skin known as sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria. The grime clogs pores and that's how blemishes form

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

Can sweat cause pimples ?

When you sweat, the sweat goes through your pores and gets onto the skin. It then evaporates on the skin and cools the body. Sweat is also how the body flushes out toxins. When there is dirt and bacteria on your skin, then the problems begins. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist conditions and if the sweat is not washed away, bacteria quickly multiplies. Since it cannot get through clogged pores, it makes the follicles swell and sweat bumps form.

Pimples from sweat typically form where there are a lot of sweat glands. Therefore, you will often see;

  • sweat pimples on face
  • sweat pimples on forehead
  • sweat pimples on legs
  • sweat pimples on chest
Post-Workout Skincare

How much is too much?

How much one sweats is determined by genetics and levels of physical activity. Those who work out often are therefore more susceptible to sweat pimples. However, you don't have to slow down your exercise routine but to take better care of your skin.

Hygiene is key both before and after working out. The key is to get rid of makeup, dirt and bacteria from your skin before and after working out. This way, when you do sweat, the toxins that the body releases through sweat will find clear pores to pass through and all impurities will be washed away before they start forming blemishes. The same principle applies post-work out.

So, does sweat cause pimples? No, it doesn't. It is the impurities on the skin including bacteria that thrive in sweat which provides moisture and warmth, that cause pimples.

Post-Workout Skincare

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.

Whether you work out every day or not, use FRÉ every day even on days when you don't work out to strengthen your skin resilience, prevent sweat and environment-induced skin damage and promote your natural glow.

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.