Your Workout Might Be Ruining Your Skin, Here’s How!


I’ve been preaching how important working out is for your skin and although most of the things that I speak of can really improve your skin, on certain occasions they may have a negative impact on things as well. While working out can have a really great effect on your overall health and wellness, it can sometimes cause issues when it comes to your skin. There are some downsides of working out and I’m going to share them all with you now. Knowing the problems isn’t enough though, you’ll also need to understand the solutions.

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Workout Skin Issues And Possible Solutions

Each of the issues mentioned are just as bad as the next as I like to think all skin issues are bad. I’ll do my best to share the top issues and everything about them that might help fix the issues that you’re having.

Acne on your body

Dealing with body acne is pretty horrible. In my personal opinion, it’s worse than dealing with zits on your face as they can be far more painful. The main reason why acne develops on your body is that skin cells and sebum builds up in pores, causing the pores to become inflamed.

The best solution to help cure your body acne is simple as unclogging your pores, destroying the bacteria and at the same time decreasing oil buildup and production. The best way to do this is for you to keep yourself clean as possible. Once you’ve wrapped up your workout, you should immediately hit the showers and cleanse your body. Think about incorporating some cleanser that contains retinol or salicylic acid. Both of these products will help improve your skin.

Acne on your forehead

Another problem area is the forehead. It’s very easy for acne to form here when you wear hats, headbands and other things. The friction is what really causes most issues. The easiest way to avoid this type of acne breakout is to not wear any headgear, hats, or anything of that nature. You’re going to want to clean up your skin, remove your makeup, and do just about anything you can to clear things up. Start by using a simple cleanser like Cetaphil.

Damage from the sun

If you’re a CrossFit fanatic, biker, runner, or anything of that nature then chances are you’ve had issues with your skin due to the sun. UV ray exposure can really cause a lot of damage. Most notably, they can cause your skin to develop unsightly wrinkles and lines.

There’s a simple solution for this and it’s to just apply sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains SPF 30 or higher. It’s best to reapply often and be sure to keep your body out of direct sunlight whenever possible.

Chafing can hurt

Some people that cycle a lot have issues such as chafing. they get these nasty, red spots that hurt a lot due to friction. This can happen due to the skin to skin contact or even skin to fabric rubbing.

There are a few things that you can do to help prevent chafing. One thing I’d suggest doing is to make sure your skin stays cool and dry. Don’t wear any type of clothing that’s wet or extra moist for an extended period of time. You should also stay away from cotton because it stays wet for a long time.

Your Workout Might Be Ruining Your Skin, Here’s How!
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Brandon Sirrico


Brandon Sirrico is a well-versed marketing expert with a background in finance. He holds an MBA from Florida International University and an undergrad from Northeastern. A former bodybuilder, he's a dedicated gym rat who provides many updates on health and diet as well as reactions to trending skin care topics.