How to avoid breaking out when you work

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SATURDAY, January 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) – While exercise can boost your health and mood, it can also cause your skin to break.

But don't kick your new year determination into the curb, because dermatologists say exercise-induced acne can be prevented.

Experts from the American Academy of Dermatology explain that hitting the gym can cause oil, dirt and bacteria to accumulate on your skin and lead to acne. Practicing good hygiene before, during and after a workout is the key to keeping your skin glowing, doctors recommend.

"Although exercise doesn't cause acne, the skin care routine you maintain around your exercise can have a significant impact on your skin," says dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand. "Because germs thrive in the gym, it is important to maintain good hygiene during exercise to prevent clogged pores and spreading harmful bacteria."

To keep your skin from getting acne after exercising, Houshmand recommends:

  • Choose clean, loose-fitting clothes that do not rub the skin.
  • Make up before work.
  • Apply sunscreen to exposed skin when exercising outdoors.
  • Wipe your body of sweat with a towel during your workout.
  • Clean shared equipment before use.
  • Bathe with warm water immediately after work.
  • Change clean clothes after bathing.

"Remember that acne can have many causes, including genetics, hormones, stress and medications," …


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