Sweat sores – what are they, how to treat them and what products are best for you.

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What are sweat sores and how to treat them. What to take with you in the gym bag and how to protect all skin types. Find out what are the right products, easy and fast.

Working out keeps you in shape, helps you to deal with stress and improves your skin complexion. However, there are some potential skincare damage that needs to be taken into consideration, such as sweat sores.

Sweat sores are discolored spots that you get, when you work out outdoors. We all know, that vitamin D is great for you, but on the other hand, UVA/UVB rays can be harmful. Sweat sores appear on the face, neck and decollete and very often they are accompanied with itching.

How to actually prevent this? You should take care of your skin properly and you should adopt a skincare regimen that works best for you, something fast and easy, but on the other hand efficient.

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

Exercise and Your Skin

SPF (Sun Protecting Factor) is the combination of ingredients that protect our skin from the harmful sun rays. It can be physical or chemical. Did you know that sweat causes photo-sensitivity to UV sun rays and it intensifies the sun damage, causing premature aging? SPF is important! Go for SPF30 and above, because the skin on the face and neck is very gentle.

You should choose a non-comedogenic SPF that is also sweat-resistant and moisturizing. Read the ingredients carefully; stay away from Parabens, Mineral oil (paraffin), DEA, Petrolatum, PEG and Propylene Glycol. Go for something vegan, when possible. Ingredients you should look for in your SPF are vitamins (A, B5, E), because they fight the free radicals and firm your skin. Flowers and leaves extracts such as chamomile and melissa are antioxidants and are anti-bacterial; they will calm and sooth your skin. Last but not least, essential fatty acids are great for your skin, because they restore the natural barrier function. You also want something light, that will not clog your pores (because many creams appear thick and they never sink in). Moreover, it is very important for the SPF to protect you from UVA, UVB and IRA rays.

The SPF number is actually referring to the time your skin is protected, so the higher you go, the less you will need to re-apply it!

Makeup is not suggested to be applied when sweating, because it can clog your pores.

Post-Workout Skincare

Post-Workout Skincare

The Solution: 123FRÉ Skin Care Treatment

Formulated for sweating skin. 

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".


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.

Don’t take sweat sores like something minor, because at some point skin damage can become permanent. Take proper care, choose the right natural products and always use a non-comedogenic and sweat-resistant moisturizer with SPF30. Love your sweat, love your 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.