Fiction. Breaking a sweat doesn’t have to lead to breakouts, though working out can create an environment that’s conducive to acne.
Pimples occur when bacteria gets trapped in the skin’s hair follicles, not the skin’s sweat glands. However, if the sweat is trapped between your skin and tight-fitting clothes, the moisture can mix with the skin’s bacteria, oil and dead skin cells to create a pimple.
If you have acne-prone skin or simply want to avoid exercise-induced blemishes, start by wearing loose-fitting clothing to your workout.
Then make sure to cleanse your face before hitting the treadmill. The more makeup, moisturizer or sunscreen you wear during your workout, the higher the risk for clogged pores, blackheads and breakouts. Even non-comedogenic products aren’t guaranteed to keep your skin in the clear. Always carry a supply of REDEFINE Eye Cloths in your gym bag in case you’re running short on time before your workout.
The final lap: Immediately after exercising, cleanse your skin with products that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur. UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash contains an OTC level of 3 percent sulfur to penetrate pores and reduce the appearance of redness. UNBLEMISH Spot Fading Toner contains salicylic acid to help remove dead skin cells, while UNBLEMISH Dual Intensive Acne Treatment with benzoyl peroxide helps prevent new breakouts from forming.
It only takes minutes to finish strong with a healthy skin workout and stay on track to achieving a radiant, blemish-free complexion.
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