I know that feeling exactly, i thought weight lifting would wreck my face but i was wrong.
If some components of weight lifting would affect your skin then it would be either the diet related aspects or the DHT ( The hormone that increases acne.
Lets look at the DHT. This is the only really acne significant hormone that would increase when you lift. Now it does cause acne for sure, but it doesn't cause acne when it increases in weight lifting. Why you ask? Because the DHT levels are only raised when you're actually lifting or up to half an hour afterwards. It's not really enough time for it to cause problems.
DHT also causes hair loss, this article like many others says it doesn't increase that much when lifting. Look around there are loads of posts on it :http://weighttrainin...ke-you-bald.htm
Now i've had deep nodules on my neck, and i could never figure out why i got them. This was about 1 year and a half back, the acne seemed to move from my face to my neck. Now my hypothesis as to why i've got neck acne was because i was so incredibly stressed about getting acne. Deep nodules on the neck are often said to be a very stress related. Now i don't know how you're gonna interpret this but i'd strongly suggest trying to keep your mind of your skin. Theres an ocean of ways to do it, stress reduction methods are abundant on the forums.
Personally though for me i found avoiding the routine 10 minute mirror glance, and instead decided only to look when it was necessary.
And of course, read about the paleo diet, it might help a lot!
I go weight lifting 4-5 times a week and it doesn't affect me, and i'm usually really sensitive. But i guess everyones different.
After quitting lifting weights last year because of acne, I decided that I wanted to get back all of the muscle that I had lost. So a month ago, I started going to the gym 4 days a week and lifting for 45 minutes each time. The progress has been amazing and I am up to 165 which is a 10 pound increase in 30 days. I had bulked up to 185 in the past so I am guessing most of this weight is muscle memory. My bodyfat is still extremely low so it looks like I have gained minimal fat as well. The problem? I am breaking out in deep nodules again around my neck and upper neck/jawline towards my ear. Nothing works and I am pissed that I am going to have to quit lifting once again.
I don't understand it. I am not using steroids but I have increased the amount of calories that i am eating. I haven't added any foods that I previously wasn't eating eating so I doubt its an intolerance. I have been drinking a ton of olive oil with every meal as well as protein (no protein shakes or supplements) to try and keep the glycemic load down as well and only eating foods with one ingredients (eggs, chicken, sweet potatoes, etc).
Is there any possible way weight lifting and staying clear can go hand in hand for someone with acne prone skin? Acne literally takes away everything that I enjoy.
Almost forgot, probiotics. once again take a look in the forums