Now for the facts. Let’s take a look at how to combat acne. The main strategy to use is prevention where possible and better skincare. Here are several top issues of focus for each: exercise, cosmetics, diet, hormones, hygiene, medications, shaving, stress.
1. Exercise – Keeping in shape can help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. However, some safeguards need to be in place to ward off acne that can result from your workout routines. First watch which products you use on your body because you’ll most likely be sweating. With any sunscreens for outdoor workout activities and any make-up or other cosmetics, check for
“noncomedogenic” and “oil-free” on the labels to help prevent pore clogging. And when your workout is finished, wash the products off as soon as possible, especially if you’ll be going into a steam room or sauna where your pores will be opening up more. You don’t want these lotions and other cosmetics getting into your pores and clogging them up, resulting in blemishes.
Watch what you put on your body with regards to clothing, sports gear and equipment, too.
For example, tight lycra and nylon exercise outfits might look great in the movies and on magazine models, but if you are susceptible to acne problems, avoid these synthetic fabrics that tend to trap in body moisture and heat resulting in a bacteria frenzy. Instead, choose loose clothing made of cotton or natural blends to allow more air to get to your skin. And when you’re finished with your workout, get out of clothing wet from perspiration or water sports. Shower and change into dry, clean clothing. And keep your sports gear and equipment
clean, too. Dirty headgear, for instance, can irritate forehead areas prone to acne problems. So toss headbands into the washing machine after workout sessions.
Tip: when cleaning your body after a workout, no need to scrub with force and irritate skin.
If possible, wash with medicated soap (check for “exfoliant” on the label) or medicated wipes from your athletic bag where showers aren’t available.
Tip: and when drying with a towel, even if it’s during your workout to erase sweat, always blot instead of rub. That way you avoid grinding excess dead skin, dirt, sweat and other chemicals into your pores and risking pore-clogging and skin irritation.