Your Guide on How to Exercise Without Aggravating Your Acne

Your Guide on How to Exercise Without Aggravating Your Acne

There's no doubt that exercise is essential for good health - from weight loss to preventing cardiovascular disease, it's one of the best things we can do for our bodies. However, working out may not have such a great impact on acne prone skin.

Sweat has a tendency to attract dirt and debris that can clog pores and set the stage for an acne breakout, and obviously you'll be doing a lot of sweating as you exercise. However, if you're smart you can continue to reap the benefits of physical activity without doing damage to your skin. Here are some tips to remember before and during your workout, as well as simple post-workout routine that will nourish and replenish your skin after all that hard work.

Before You Work Out

During Your Workout


After Your Workout

Final Thought + Bonus Tip

You need to remember that intense exercise, especially cardio and weights, raise testosterone production and respectively its level in the blood for both men and women. We also know that testosterone that belongs to the sex hormones (androgens) is one of the strongest stimulators of sebaceous glands secretion. This stimulation may lead to over production of sebum, and the cycle of acne begins.

So, everything is good in moderation. If you suffer from severe acne, you may chose to exercise 3- 4 times a week, not 6-7 times. Also you may try to exchange one day of pure cardio or weights and do Pilates or yoga that provide strength and flexibility training without the same androgens inducement.

With a Promise of Clear Skin,
Dr. A