Whether I’m running along my favorite outdoor trail or sprinting full speed in an intense cycle class, there are few things I enjoy more than breaking a sweat. There’s just something about the combination of music blasting, my heart pounding, and sweat dripping that makes me feel alive---and who doesn’t love that post workout glow it leaves behind? Unfortunately, there is the occasional downside to all that sweating--- body breakouts.
Sweating opens the pores and allows toxins and other buildup to release. While that’s a good thing, the bad news is that open pores are a haven for dirt, bacteria and other potential problem causers. And let’s face it, when you work hard to look good in the season’s shoulder-bearing tops, there’s nothing worse than an unsightly zit on your back or chest to distract from your efforts.
So can you break a sweat without breaking out? Sure! As long as you follow a few simple tips:
· For starters, wear clothing in moisture wicking fabrics to pull sweat away from the body—and change out of those wet clothes as quickly as possible!
· Avoid wearing makeup when you exercise. If you just can’t “bare” it, make sure to wash your face immediately following your workout.
· Try to keep contact between your skin and machines, benches etc. to a minimum. They are covered in bacteria. Place a towel on equipment before using it.
· Finally, and most importantly, cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. Obviously a shower is your best bet, but Dr. Alison Stocker of Skin By Design recommends wiping down with pads containing glycolic or salicyclic acid if that isn’t an option. “These are handy when you are unable to shower right away,” she says.
Below are some of my favorite products for addressing and preventing breakouts. Used regularly, they are so effective that the next time you want to bare some skin, you won’t have to sweat it!