It is not our intention to say that going to the gym and other types of training will destroy your face and the rest of your skin. We just want to draw your attention to the fact that a proper skincare routine after training is very important, and the rules are easy to follow so that your skin will not suffer. There are various types of training, you choose them according to your affinities and the results you want to achieve.
During physical activity, the body temperature rises, the body sweats, and the evaporation of fluid from the skin helps the body to cool down. Here are 8 tips that can help you save your skin and reduce acne after your training.
1. If you wear makeup, remove it before exercising
It is necessary to thoroughly clean your face before each training session. During exercise, the blood flow to the skin increases, which results in the expansion, that is, the opening of the pores. Makeup, sweat, and bacteria sometimes accumulate in enlarged pores, which leads to clogging of the pores and acne. Another helpful tip is to use a hot towel for acne after the training, because it can refresh your skin and clean your pores.
2. Tie your hair
Natural hair oils and hair care products can be transferred to your skin during training. This can also clog pores and encourage the growth of fungi, contributing to the appearance of painful and unpleasant irritations in some cases.
3. Equipment that touches your face must be clean
Clean all equipment that will touch your face during training. This includes headphones, if you enjoy listening to music during exercise. You should also clean any sports equipment that touches your face, such as helmets, gloves, rods, and the like.
4. Wipe shared exercise equipment
It is recommended that you always use your own clean towel, and wipe shared equipment before use. Cleaning the equipment before use will help remove some of the problematic bacteria, dirt, and oil that could make its way on to your skin.
5. Drink enough water
Water is a gift from nature, really. I know that you have read a thousand times that you need to drink two liters of water a day in order for your body to be satisfied and function optimally. Athletes know how important hydration is.
Drink water both during and after training in order to keep your body as well as your skin hydrated. The better hydrated your skin is, the less oily it may become. Try not allow yourself to feel thirsty, because then the body is already in the process of dehydration.
6. Avoid touching your face with your hands during and after training
Any bacteria, oil, or dirt that you touch can be transmitted to your skin, contributing to the appearance of clogged pores and the development of infections.
7. Shower and change immediately after training
If possible, take a shower after your workout to remove all sweat, oil, dirt, and bacteria that have accumulated.
It is advisable to use facial and body cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide to cleanse acne-prone skin. Benzoyl peroxide can reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria called Cutibacterium acnes. If benzoyl peroxide is too harsh for your skin, you can alternatively use a gentle oil-free cleanser or micellar water to remove bacteria after training. If you are not able to take a shower immediately after exercising, at least change your clothes and be sure to wash your face.
8. Try retinoids
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that are often used to treat acne and wrinkles. They are usually available in either cream or gel form. Over-the-counter retinoids, such as adapalene, can increase skin cell turnover and reduce inflammation if applied daily. This helps to open pores and clear acne. For stubborn acne, stronger retinoids, available with a prescription, can help, but remember to do your research and consult a professional dermatologist for more information for your skin.