Keep Your Skin In Shape After A Workout

June 25, 2019

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Working out is great for your body!  Well, most of your body. There are a lot of things lurking around the gym that can do more harm than good and those things can wreak havoc on your skin. Bacteria and fungus are everywhere!  One of the biggest skin issues is acne.  The bacteria that causes pimples thrives in a sweaty environment and the more we work out, the more we sweat and the more natural body oils are produced, which is perfect for an acne breakout. So always shower shortly after your workout.  Not only will it rid your body of built up sweat and oils but it will wash away any other microbes and bacteria you may have been exposed to from touching surfaces all over the gym. If you’re prone to acne, or have a teen growing into an adult, use a body and face cleanser hat contains acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.  If you are running short on time or somehow cannot adequately shower after a workout, use a cleansing wipe to quickly clean off sweaty areas. Leaving sweat to dry on your body can keep the bacteria inside your pores, which makes breakouts and folliculitis more likely. While the idea of a hot shower sounds great, it can actually dry your skin out too much in the long run. Dry skin begs to be itched and scratching your skin too much can make it easier for bacteria and yeast to get in, especially at bad in high-risk environments like the gym. So opt for a warm or lukewarm water, especially if you are prone to dry skin. Prevention can help your skin too.  When working out, use a separate towel to lay down on equipment and use another one to wipe sweat off your body. Finally wipe down the gym equipment before and after you use it. Most gyms are pretty good about providing wipes to sanitize equipment, but if yours doesn’t, use that extra towel you’re now carrying around with you. Wipe everything down before you use it and after to reduce the risk germs follow you.

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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