Your daily sweat-fest is good for a lot of things: your heart, your mind, your waistline, etc. There’s no doubt that exercise does a body good, but if working out is so helpful, why does our skin not agree-why do we breakout after a workout? It’s most likely because we forget to do one very important thing before we step on the treadmill.
While it’s common practice to wash up after exercising, many don’t know how import it is to wash before we start to sweat. That’s right, it’s more important to cleanse your skin before a workout, than it is to do so after, says New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD.
“When we workout we perspire, and it’s only natural that you are going to wipe all that sweat off your face with a towel. But if you haven’t washed your face beforehand, all the oil, dirt, bacteria, and particles that have landed or grown on your skin, is pushed into your pores by your towel,” says Dr. Schultz. “And in doing that, you promote clogs and acne breakouts.” Sweating itself does not cause breakouts (a common misconception) unless you have applied something to your skin that is too heavy and it cant get it out, or you are rubbing your skin.
So how do you prevent post-exercise acne flare-ups? “The best way to do that is to make sure that before you exercise, take off your make-up and wash your face thoroughly and then tone it to make sure that you have removed all of the make-up, all of the oil, dirt, debris. So that when you do wipe your perspiration away, you won’t clog your pores or cause acne breakouts.
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