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Updated on January 10, 2016
Pre and Post Workout Tips for your Acne-Prone Skin
New Year, New You…right?
As we enter into the New Year, we take time to reflect on the last twelve months and what we have accomplished, as well as what we want to accomplish for the coming year. A common resolution we all set for ourselves is to get back into the game and pursue a more active and healthy lifestyle. While the benefits of working out and staying active consistently are prodigious, some of us can’t help being faced with those acne-prone workouts.
Or can we?
While acne is something many of us suffer from, there are many steps you can take to help aid your acne-prone skin not only post-workout but in general.
Here are some tips to get you on track to healthier skin pre and post-workout:
The best thing you can do for your skin is to cleanse at night before bed. Overnight, the skin needs oxygen to repair itself, and sleeping with your makeup on deprives it of this vital nutrient (Future Derm Article). You are basically suffocating your skin whether or not you use foundation. Not only that but throughout the day we come into contact with so many pollutants that cause our pores to clog, like touching our faces for one. When you think of the amount of things our hands come into contact with and we touch our face, we are just transferring those pollutants to potentially clog our pores by mixing oils with toxins. So cleansing at night helps prepare our skin by allowing it to recover for the next day.
A quick cleanse in the morning is beneficial to the rejuvenation of your skin as it helps remove dead skin cell’s and excess oils that your skin has produced overnight, especially if you plan to hit the gym in the morning. A quick rinse helps remove up to 65% of those dead skin cells and excess oils (Future Derm Article). Remember to always wash your skin with warm water because hot water tends to dry it out. When you are ready to wash your face we recommend using circular motions from the inside out. Rinse with warm water and gently dap dry to make sure you’ve completely rinsed all product from your face. Apply a toner to help prevent bacteria from entering your pores while you are working out.
Working out at night after a long day of work? It’s extremely important to fully cleanse your face to remove makeup, dirt, and oils because if you don’t you are putting yourself at risk for those post workout breakouts. While we work out we are working up a sweat, body temperature is rising and our pores are opening. If you fail to cleanse your skin pre-workout where do you think the makeup, dirt, and oils are going to go? You guessed it, back to clogging those pores. And nobody wants that.
Follow the same steps you would for cleansing your skin pre-workout. This is extremely important. Especially since we know you just hammered out that sweat session. If you have issues with your chest, shoulders, and back breaking out be sure to cleanse those areas of your skin as well. You’ll be glad you did.
Here’s to wishing you a Happy New Year and New You!
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