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Workout Acne Got You Down?

Workout acne is the worst. On one hand, you’re keeping up with your gym routine and it feels good! You notice results, your body feels better, and you’re falling into an amazing routine. But then, you find that your skin is breaking out more as a result. Ugh. It’s the worst, isn’t it?

Clueless as to why your skin is breaking out? There are a few things to look out for next time that you hit the gym. That way, you can have clear skin while getting a good work out while avoiding the acne that can come with it. 

Work up that sweat minus the worry! Make sure that you keep these habits in mind. Just a few tweaks could save your skin from post workout sweat-related acne. 

Does Working Out Cause Acne?

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Yes and no. Working out is great because it increases blood flow and brings the flow of oxygen to the surface of your skin. This can be amazing for your overall complexion. But on the flip side, increased blood flow to the skin also causes pores to expand. 

When this happens, they’re more prone to getting dirt, debris, bacteria, and oil trapped inside. So when you have your cool down and your pores contract again, it traps that residue inside. This can lead to regular breakouts which is why you may be seeing workout acne.

Don’t worry. There are some things you can do to minimize your workout acne from happening. You deserve to enjoy the gym stress-free and we’re here to show you how.

How Can I Prevent Workout Acne?

Unless you workout from home, going into the gym is a shared space. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to wipe off all equipment before you use it.

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that the people before you did that. (Gross, but true. Sorry.) So wipe off equipment immediately. 

Especially if that equipment is going to be touching your face.

Sanitizing equipment is important to taking care of any lingering dirt or bacteria that could end up in your pores.

Also, avoid touching your face during your workout. Any bacteria or oils on your hands can be transferred to your skin. If you have to wipe off your sweat, make sure to use a clean hand towel. 

Before you start your workout, it’s important to take off make-up if you’re wearing any. Make-up can get trapped in your pores, causing your workout acne to worsen.

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As for your clothes, make sure to wear loose fitting, moisture wicking clothes to the gym. When you sweat, tighter clothing can keep moisture trapped against your skin. It's not just an unpleasant feeling. The moisture can cause fungal acne to develop.

For that same reason, when you finish your workout routine, get out of your sweaty clothes as soon as possible and hit the showers. 

Plus, who doesn’t love that rewarding post workout shower? I know I’m not alone.

If you found that you’ve done all of the above and don’t see much improvement, don’t worry. We have just the solution for you.

Add Clear Skin To Your Workout Routine

If you haven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend the Clear Skin Kit. It’s formulated for breakout prone skin types. People have seen vast improvement in the quality of their skin in as little as a month. It works against all acne, not just workout acne.

If you’re someone who likes having products specifically for your gym bag, check out our Luminous Clear Skin Travel Kit

It’s similar to our regular sized kit, but with the addition of our Luminous Complexion Toner. It’s filled to the brim with nourishing antioxidants and minerals. 

It’s made with all natural ingredients and is friendly for sensitive skin types as well. Cystic acne? Rosacea? No problem!

Not only does it work to heal scarring, but it also evens out your skin tone, balances oily skin, and minimizes breakouts before they start.

Add it to your gym bag and use it as part of your post workout clean-up. It’s a way of having a portable spa on-the-go. There’s nothing more decadent than a skincare routine to add to that post gym feel-good feeling. Plus, you're fighting your workout acne in the process.

And on top of all of that, you don’t need water to use these products! So even if you can’t get to the showers, you’ll still be able to clean your face following your workout. 

With our four-step system, they're effortless to use. No forgetting steps, nothing complicated. Just a simple, natural way to stop workout acne before it can start.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!

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If your workout routine involves going outside, don’t forget to add sunscreen! Yes, you need it. Yes, every day. Even if it rains or snows, get into the habit of applying sunscreen. 

There are so many reasons to protect your skin against the sun. For one thing, sunburns suck to have. It’s painful and the peeling that comes with it can be embarrassing. But on a more serious note, you make yourself more susceptible to skin cancer.

When it comes to workout acne, our lightweight, vegan formula can't be beat. It was made with breakout prone types in mind. With its velvety finish, it makes your skin look great on its own. But it's even more amazing for those that wear make-up for an even application. 

Our sunscreen is broad spectrum meaning it protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays. 

With the addition of niacinamide, it improves elasticity, balances your skin tone, and protects your skin against the sun. 

What sunscreen do you know that does that?

The Takeaway

Workout acne can be embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to run your life. With the right tools on your side, you can get back to your workout routine. Minus the embarrassing workout acne, of course. 

Check out the links in this article to try the products for yourself. And let us know what you think if you’ve tried them. We love the nice things that you say about us. 

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