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Exercise + Skincare: Tips against reducing exercise related breakouts 


Lifestyle
23 April, 2018

By Kasey Cleary



So you’ve been hitting the gym, getting into an exercise routine and feel more energized than ever but your skin has been breaking out more than normal. Not good…right? 


Having worked as a personal trainer for over two years, I know that breakouts due to exercise can be frustrating. Physical activity is SO important to overall health but it’s not worth sacrificing your beautiful skin in the process. 

 

I’m going to share some pre and post-workout skin care tips with you to help reduce your risk of gym-related breakouts. You will also find one of my DIY recipes below for an on-the-go quick-fix skin spray to throw in your gym bag!



How Exercising can lead to breakouts 


Exercise and sweat alone do not lead to breakouts. Most often, makeup is the culprit. When you exercise, sweating causes the pores to open up.If you are wearing a lot of face makeup while sweating, this can clog pores and lead to breakouts. It can also trigger a form of acne called acne cosmetica, which causes little red bumps to form on the skin.The gym is also an ocean of bacteria. As much as I’d like to think that everyone always washes their hands and uses the hand sanitizer at the gym, they don’t.If you are grabbing onto weights, bike handles, touching treadmill buttons or using floor mats, you are likely getting some bacteria onto your hands. When you touch your face after touching the equipment, it is easy to transfer acne causing bacteria to your skin.



Tips to make your face breakout free


1. Remove or limit makeup use. I totally get wanting to look your best for potential cuties in the gym! But going makeup-free is overall the best thing for your skin. If you feel comfortable going without, I’d encourage you to do it! You’re beautiful. I promise. But if you feel like you still want to wear a little, then I’d suggest using products like lipstick, mascara and eyeliner that don’t cover your whole face. Try to avoid heavy foundations, blushes and powders that are more likely to clog pores. 


2. Only use clean towels. If you are continuously wiping your face and neck with a used, sweaty towel, you are creating a breeding ground for bacteria on your skin. This rubs bacteria and makeup around your face, leading to clogged pores. Be sure to simply pat your skin, avoiding rubbing with the towel, and replace your dirty towel with a clean one once you’ve used it. 


3. Avoid touching your skin. If you are using machines, weights or mats that others have used, AVOID touching your face at all costs! It can help to use a sanitizing wipe to clean off the shared equipment before using it. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before touching your skin. 


4. Wear your hair up. It may look cute to let your lovely locks flow, but this can cause acne on your forehead and sides of your face. Hair can rub against your skin while working out and increase your risk of breakouts. Use a headband or pony tail to help keep your hair out of your face. You will want to do this especially if you use multiple products in your hair, as the products will rub onto your skin. 


5. Shower as soon as you can after your workout. The longer you wait to shower, the more time sweat, oils and bacteria have to build up in the skin and create an environment that leads to acne. Use a mild cleanser and body wash to get rid of the bacteria. If you don’t have time to shower or wash your face right away, you can follow my easy-to-make DIY recipe below for a skin spray that will help fight off bacteria until you are shower ready!


BABY GOT BACNE


We all want to avoid that dreaded backacne, but if you are working out often, it is common for it to develop. Thistypically caused by the friction between sweaty skin and tight clothing. Youcan combat this by wearing loose fitting shirts. This doesn’t help the frictioncaused by sports bras, so make sure your bra isn’t overly tight and try toshower as soon as you can after the workout. Even using an on-the-go cleansingwipe on your upper back and chest before you leave the gym can help limitbreakouts.Bacne can also be caused by wearing dirtyworkout clothes. If you have already sweated in your clothes and they are fullof bacteria from your previous gym session, then the bacteria from the dirty clothingcan be transferred to your skin. ALWAYS wear clean clothes when exercising.You can treat your back like you treat yourface. Clean it with a body wash or your facial cleanser as soon as possible,and you can apply your skin care products to your back if needed. I willconfess to having done this in the past, and it really helped limit mybreakouts and reduced redness and inflammation.



DIY BEST POST WORKOUT SKIN SAVER

Tea Tree Essential Oil has powerful anti-bacterial benefits and has been shown to be amazing at fighting acne. I use this essential oil in my Post Workout Skin Saver spray to fight off the bacteria that may be lingering on my skin after a workout. 


If you can’t jump in the shower right away, then just a few spritzes of this mist on your face will reduce your chances of breaking out. It is easy to store in your gym bag and you only need a few ingredients to make it!


This should work well for most skin types, but if you have dry skin, try not to overdo it on the sprays, as witch hazel can be a little drying. If you have sensitive skin, try it out and see if it works for you! If it irritates your skin, then discontinue use.


I like to get my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs, Joylin Naturals and/or Plant Therapy, but you can also easily find them on Amazon. 


You Will Need: 

 • 2 oz Spray Bottle 

 • ¼ Cup Witch Hazel 

 • 15 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil 


Directions: Combine the witch hazel and tea tree essential oil in the spray bottle and shake well to mix.


To use: After your workout, shake bottle well, then spray 2-5 spritzes onto face. Make sure eyes are closed while spraying, as the witch hazel may irritate the eyes. Witch hazel can be drying if too much is used, so make sure to use a moisturizer after showering or cleansing face. It should last you 6 months to 1 year, but be sure to store it in a dark, cool place to preserve the essential oils.



BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! 


You don’t have to choose between exercise and great skin. You can still have both! Just make sure to follow these steps to help limit your post-workout breakouts.Remember, diet and the types of products you are using on your skin can also lead to acne and other skin issues. For more clean beauty and wellness tips, head on over to the Pure Elements blog to learn more!And for a limited time, I am offering a special discount on all Pure Elements products to the Miss Runner community. Through May 10th, use the code MISSRUNNER at checkout for 20% OFF. I highly recommend the CLARIFY face mask for exercise related breakouts.


Bio: Kasey Cleary is a Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Nutrition Coach. She started the Pure Elements Blog to share with women about using non-toxic products to enhance health. Her blog focuses on non-toxic living, clean cosmetic product reviews, DIY recipes, wellness tips and more! She also recently launched a Pure Elements product line, featuring products that use highly researched ingredients to provide therapeutic benefits to the body, both mentally and physically.

Blog: www.ilovepureelements.com

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