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
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;
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.
Whenever you clean your skin, it is important to be conscious about pH. The skin has its natural pH balance and the products you use should maintain and not disrupt this balance. Otherwise, skin may react to being aggravated with harsh products by breaking out. The best products are gentle ones with natural products like aloe, honey and argan oil that hydrate and soothe the skin.
There are so many different skincare brands. However, there isn't any that is made specifically for women who work out who are often dealing with sweat pimples and other forms of post-workout blemishes. FRÉ is the first facial skincare range specially formulated for skin that sweats.
There are so many different skincare brands. However, there isn't any that is made specifically for women who work out who are often dealing with sweat pimples and other forms of post-workout blemishes. FRÉ is the first facial skincare range specially formulated for skin that sweats. FRÉ products were formulated by a team of dermatology and botanical experts who studied the effects of intense workout, sweat, the sun and other outdoor & indoor elements on the skin. Based on their research, 123FRÉ, a 3-steps facial skincare routine for women who work out was designed. FRÉ products have textures that suit skin that sweats: they are silky, very light and quickly absorbed. They are also water resistant, which means they keep skin protected even during the sweatiest workout.
Protect Me is the first step of the 123FRÉ skincare routine. Protect Me is a facial moisturizer with SPF30 which provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It contains powerful antioxidants that prevent damage by sun infrared radiation as well as preventing the formation of dark spots, photo-aging and damage from other environmental factors. If sweat does run down your face, you don't have to worry about the product stinging your eyes; Protect Me is ophthalmologist tested and will not sting eyes. It is also non-comedogenic (won't clog pores).
The second FRÉ product made for women who work out is Purify Me. It will keep your skin absolutely clean by so that sweat and any impurities on the skin do not form sweat pimples. It contains argan oil and water extract as well as jojoba which will not only clean the skin but hydrate it, soothe it and rebalance it to its natural pH after the toughest workout. It also gently exfoliates the skin to leave it soft and radiant.
Skin needs to be revived after a demanding workout and this is what Revive Me does. It is a skin treatment with aging delay capacities made for skin that has been sweating. It has argan stem cells which enhance the skin's natural ability to regenerate and ensures that healthy, new skin cells are constantly forming to replace dead skin cells.
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.
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.