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Preventing sweat rash and other post-workout skin problems

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Sweat and exercise are healthy for your body and soul. They do at least 7 good things

  1. It eases pain. According to California MD James Ting, a sports medicine physician based at the Hoag Orthopedic Institute, exercise stimulates neuro-chemical pathways in the brain which prompts the production of endorphins, hormones that are natural painkillers
  2. It removes toxins. Sweat flushes out substances that clog the body such as salt, alcohol and cholesterol, says New York Sports Club exercise physiologist Melissa Morin.
  3. Sweat controls mood swings. Dr. Ting attributes this to sweaty workouts stimulating neural circuits that are temperature-sensitive in parts of the brain that control mood.
  4. It wards off colds and other infections. Findings from a study done in Eberhard Karls University Tubingen, Germany indicate that sweat has a natural antimicrobial peptide known as dermcidin that fights germs that cause tuberculosis and other pathogens, says New York dermatologist Dr. Bowe.
  5. Sweat regulates body temperature as it evaporates off the skin. This, Dr. Bowe says, prevents overheating during an intense workout. If the body did not sweat, this could lead to anhidrosis that can cause dizziness, skin rash and fainting, Dr. Morin warns.
  6. Sweat prevents kidney stones. Research from the University of Washington revealed that sweat lets out salt while retaining calcium in the bones which prevents the two from going into the kidneys and urine and forming kidney stones. Frequent exercisers also drink more water which also prevents kidney stones from forming.
  7. Finally, sweat keeps skin clear. The body warms up during exercise which opens up the pores and releases the grime that has accumulated in them, so says Dr. Bowe.

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

Does it really?

You may have doubts or questions about that last benefit of sweat. The key, says Dr. Bowe is to get sweat off the skin as soon as possible. This is because sweat brings up the dirt in the pores up to the surface and it is this grime that can cause breakouts if it is left on the skin.

Can sweat cause rash?

One of the problems that women who work out frequently experience is sweat rash which is basically a rash caused by sweat. Perhaps you have seen your skin break out after working out and wondered, can sweat cause a rash? The answer is yes.

Skin rash from sweat is a fungal yeast infection that occurs between the folds of the skin. It is caused by a yeast known as candida. This rash after sweating develops from humidity, lack of ventilation and friction.

Symptoms of heat rash

Rashes caused by sweat have a number of symptoms

  • Blisters
  • Skin that stings or burns
  • Red rash with scales around the edges
  • Skin that is broken in between the toes or fingers
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Sweat rash treatment- FRÉ to the rescue

It is said that treatment is better than cure and this applies to sweat rash cure as well; it is best to prevent sweat heat rash by getting sweat off the skin before it causes a problem. This is what the FRÉ range of skin care for women is all about. FRÉ is the pioneer brand of skin care products dedicated to women who love to work out and sweat.

Women who exercise frequently and vigorously have unique skin care needs. They need skin care products that address their specific needs including preventing problems like sweat rash on face and neck. FRÉ develops facial skincare products specially formulated for skin that sweats. Its special formulas and textures address post-workout breakout caused by sweat and reduce the risk of skin cancer increased by sweat and over-exposure to the sun, which makes the skin more photosensitive.

123 FRÉ: a comprehensive facial skincare range for women who work out

Packed with Argan organic oil, leaf water extract and stem cells, FRÉ products that are formulated for sweating skin and prevent sweat-induced rashes. They successfully passed the most advanced skincare clinical tests approved by the American FDA. FRÉ skincare products are:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested
  • Water-resistant
  • Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • SPF30, effective against, UVA, UVB and IRA; fights the visible signs of photo-aging
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Treating sweat rash

FRÉ is an efficient answer to sweat rash prevention but does not treat an existing rash. To cure sweat rash, you should get treatment to clear up the Candida infection. The rash is cleared up with a topical antifungal. If there is inflammation such as redness, burning and itching, then you will need an anti-inflammatory cream as well. Specifically, you be use Clotrimazole which is an antifungal as well as antibacterial or Hydrocortisone which is a mild anti-inflammatory that is given along with Clotrimazole.

The Solution: 123FRÉ Skin Care Treatment

Formulated for skin that sweats. 

123FRÉ is a comprehensive 3-step anti-aging treatment that creates healthy and resilient skin for women who love to work out. Its formulas and textures are specially suited to skin that sweats. 

Step 1: "Protect Me" is an ultra-light SPF30 moisturizer. It is water-resistant, won't clog pores and won't sting eyes when you sweat (ophthalmologist tested).

Step 2: "Purify Me" is a hydrating facial cleanser that soothes, de-stresses, hydrates and rebalances skin pH, post-workout.

Step 3: "Revive Me" is a specialized anti-aging serum that regenerates collagen and skin elasticity.

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

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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".

Linda

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.

Complete care with FRE products

Once the infection has cleared up, you can start using the 123FRÉ, the 3-steps skincare resilience treatment:

  • Protect Me, a defense facial moisturizer SPF30
  • Purify Me, a hydrating facial cleanser
  • Revive Me, a deep replenishing serum

When you are working out, you need to focus on your body and mental efforts without worrying about your skin. FRÉ works on your facial skin when you work out. Post-workout, it helps your skin recover and creates healthy, resilient and glowing skin.

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.