IS YOUR WORKOUT MAKING YOU BREAKOUT?
Does it feel like exercise is causing or making your acne worse?
Don’t cancel your gym membership just yet! Exercise is great for the whole body including our skin. It’s actually the steps you take (or don’t take) pre and post workout that could be causing your skin to breakout.
Working up a good sweat can create the perfect conditions for acne-causing bacteria to thrive so when exercising, it’s important to have an effective #SKINWORKOUT in place.
If you wear makeup, it’s best to remove it before your exercise. Sweat and bacteria can get trapped making skin vulnerable to what dermatologists call pore-occlusion - which basically means clogged pores!
Best practice is to use a soap-free cleanser formulated for acne prone skin- a good one to have in your corner is our Cleanance Cleansing Gel that gently washes away blemishes and reduces excess sebum without stripping or drying.
If your lunchtime class leaves you with little time to remove and reapply or you just forget (it happens!), opt for light, oil-free, mineral and non-comedogenic product that won't clog pores and make acne worse.
Keep your hair off your face
While 80’s fashion was wrong in (SO) many ways, one thing that is still relevant especially for acne prone skin is the sweatband!
When you sweat, natural oils from your hair and styling products can be transferred to neighbouring skin.
Pay attention to where your skin breaks out- most likely affected areas are the hairline, neck, shoulders and upper back.
So channel your inner 80’s aerobics queen and keep your hair off your skin with a high pony or bun, and soft stretchy headband (leg warmers are optional)!
Wipe it down
Clean equipment before use to minimise any bacteria, dirt and oils that could find their way onto your skin- this is especially helpful if you suffer from bacne or acne on other parts of your body.
Keep it clean
Yes! Your workout gear should be washed after every use.
Dead skin cells, bacteria and oil can clog your pores and cause breakouts.
Hit the shower
Barre before brunch is a great idea- as long as you can squeeze in a post sweat sesh shower!
Breakouts can occur on your back, chest and bottom and considering acne-causing bacteria loves sweaty skin, it’s good to hit the shower as soon as you can!
Sub in a cleanser that is formulated for acne prone skin- our Cleanance Cleansing Gel comes in an XL 400ml size and can be used on both the face and body.
Simplify your post exercise #SKINWORKOUT
Though we have talked a lot about bacteria on the skin, skin dryness and excessive oil production are also major factors.
And while it’s tempting to throw all you can at your skin to beat your breakouts, harsh, drying acne treatments may be more of a problem than a solution.
We recommend a simple routine, using just a couple of products... and giving them time to work. Like any good workout routine, consistency is key!
Step 1: Dermatologist-recommended Cleanance Cleansing Gel gently washes away blemishes and reduces excess sebum without stripping or drying.
Step 2: Moisturising is an essential step for oily, acne-prone skin.
To avoid further breakouts, opt for a non-greasy and non-comedogenic moisturiser like our Comedomed Anti-blemish concentrate, which contains a unique plant, derived active ingredient Comedoclastin™.
By helping to limit the formation of microcomedones (that occur underneath the skin surface), moisturising and regulating excess sebum, Comedomed effectively reduces both existing and future breakouts.