Why Working Out Can Cause Breakouts

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Exercising is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle. However, it can cause breakouts that wreak havoc on your complexion. Taking care of your skin both before and after a working out is a stage that many people forget about, but, its probably just as important as the rest of the work.

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Does Sweating Cause Spots?

I'm sure that when we say working out can cause breakouts, you thought that sweat would be the culprit. This, however, is not actually the case. Back in 1975, researchers conducted an experiment on American Football players to see if there was a link between exercise and breakouts.

There were several different trials of the experiment each to test different factors, but as a result, they found that there was no real relationship between sweating and getting spots. Therefore surprisingly enough, you don't get all your spots from sweating. Sweat can actually be good for your skin as it flushes out toxins and anything that could clog up your pores. So that's sweating ticked off the list, you can now sweat like there's no tomorrow.

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Does sweating cause breakouts?
PHOTO CREDIT: Healthy Eating Daily

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Exercising And Acne

While sweat may not be the direct cause of breakout when you're exercising (even though it could be a problem if you don't thoroughly wash your face after a workout), there are a few other ways that may have you noticing more blemishes after a gym session.

One large contributing factor to this is the gym equipment itself. Gym equipment in a shared space is guaranteed to be bacteria ridden, and if you're touching the equipment and then touching your face there is a good chance that bacteria will work its way into your skin and cause breakouts. To work against this, make sure you're wiping down the equipment before you use it and cleanse your face when your workout is complete.

Friction is another thing that could annoy your skin and cause spots or blemishes to flare up. If your exercise involves any equipment that touches your face, the friction from it could cause irritation that could provoke breakouts. To prevent this from happening, just add a barrier between the equipment and your skin, even a layer of moisturiser would help or a clean towel.

Another factor to bad skin after exercising is working out too hard. Studies have shown that strenuous cardio exercise can actually decrease the skin's elasticity. This breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin, which increases the likelihood of acne sprouting up. With this in mind, keep your exercise moderate - meaning only getting up to 40 to 60 percent of your heart rate.

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Try not to keep touching your face while working out as it can transfer dirt and cause breakouts
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How To Reduce Breakouts When Working Out

So you've come up in a load of blemishes and spots after your workout and you're not sure what you can do to prevent it happening again. Well, we have the answer. You need to prepare your skin before the workout and look after it after your workout.

So before you start, you want a fresh, blank canvas. Whether you go first thing in the morning or last thing at night you want to start your workout with a clean face. Rinse your face with warm water to remove any dirt or impurities that may have built up during the night or throughout the day. While working out you don't want any creams or soaps or anything mixing with your sweat (sounds grim but it's true), so keep it simple and sweat away.

Once you've finished a workout it's time to seriously care for your skin. You're hot, sweaty and don't feel that fresh - sounds like it's shower time. You wash your body after a sweaty workout but don't wash your face? Why not? Your face has probably got just as sweaty as the rest of you. A simple wash will do the trick and remove all the sweat and dirt that's been transferred onto your face throughout the session but, if you still suffer from blemished and spotty areas you may need to invest in a cleanser.

A cleanser will help to remove all the dirt and impurities that have built up during your workout. The cleanser with freshen up the skin and leave you feeling as refreshed as minty shower gel. If you want to go even further, after the cleanser, choose a face wash that's specific for your skin type. Sensitive, dry, normal or oily skin types should all use different face washes as these all do different jobs, so choose wisely and keep your face clean.

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Wash your face before and after a workout to keep your skin fresh
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Does Exercise Help Acne?

While there are a few ways that working out can mess with your skin, there are also a few ways that it can actually help clear up acne. For one, exercising lowers stress levels. This is kind of an indirect benefit, but with lower stress, you won't get as many stress-related breakouts. So, if you find that your breakouts are linked with stress consider exercising to relieve that tension.

Exercise, of course, raises your heart rate, which encourages better circulation. A good circulation of blood helps the body rid itself of toxins and impurities that could otherwise cause acne. So, with regular exercise, you could notice healthier looking skin and less blemishes.

Why Working Out Can Cause Breakouts

  • Sweating may cause some breakout but not all, sweating actually helps to remove impurities and toxins that may have built up within your skin. It basically helps to flush out all the badness.
  • Things that can cause breakouts and blemishes include dirty equipment, too much friction, and overexerting yourself, so don't over do it and use a clean towel to wipe your face instead of your hands.
  • Working out can be good for your skin too, exercising lowers stress levels and can help remove impurities as well as tension.

PHOTO CREDIT: Men's Fitness

On That Note

While there is a link between exercise and acne, don't let that stop you from doing it. Just make sure that your equipment is clean and that you're taking care of yourself and your skin during and after a workout. At the end of the day, working out is great for your skin and body in general and is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle.

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