Jump to content

Severe Acne

Exercising & Acne

exercise working out acne sweat paleo retin a aczone exercising adult acne

5 replies to this topic

#1 mchovan


    New Member

  • Members
  • Posts & Likes
    Posts: 4
    Likes: 0
About Me
  • Joined: 06-October 13

Posted 06 October 2013 - 11:29 PM



I am a 22 year-old female (generally have oily skin), and I've been experiencing severe acne. I've struggled with acne ever since I was 14, and it has mainly been caused by genetics. It use to be so severe, I've been through 2 dermatologist and numerous serums and creams. At 16, I finally found a dermatologist who has helped me immensely, and my acne went from terrible, to miraculously gone. 


Currently, I have been exercising 6 days a week, and have been following a healthy diet. These are things I assumed would help my skin, but it seems to have made it drastically worse. I have a feeling it has been caused by the sweat from my working out because it started to worsen around that time I began exercising. I make sure to wash my face before AND after I work out, as well as applying my creams perscribed by my dermatologist (I currently use Aczone, Retin A, sulfate cleanser, and take medication and birth control for it). I absolutely do NOT want to stop working out. I've worked so hard and feel wonderful about my body, just not my skin.


Nothing I'm doing is helping, not even after a recent visit with my dermatologist. It's very discouraging especially since she helped me so well before. Why after 6 years has it suddenly gotten worse? Any advice for the athletes out there? I'm becoming desperate. It's hard for me to go out in public anymore..  Thank you so much!

#2 EmilieSea


    Junior Member

  • Members
  • Posts & Likes
    Posts: 26
    Blog Entries: 13
    Likes: 9
About Me
  • Gender:Female
  • Joined: 25-August 13

Posted 07 October 2013 - 10:18 AM

You may be drying out your skin TOO much. Exercising makes my skin break out as well, but one or twice a week I just shower, and don't apply any creams or lotions to my face, and it helps a lot. If it's really bothering you, go have a chat to your derm. Good luck!

Roaccutane/Oratane treatment:


One month 40/60mg

Two months 60mg

Three months 70mg

Four months 70mg

Five months 70mg


Week twenty one 70mg

Week twenty two 70mg

Week twenty three 70mg

Week twenty four 70mg


Destroy acne before it destroys you.



#3 Zach Zach

Zach Zach

    Junior Member

  • Members
  • Posts & Likes
    Posts: 93
    Likes: 15
About Me
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:U.S. of Ayyyy
  • Joined: 02-July 13

Posted 07 October 2013 - 11:00 AM

Well, you might be washing your skin too much. Maybe washing before and after workouts is too much? And how is your water intake? I'm a firm believer in getting lots of H2O during and after workouts to replenish water you lose.

~ Ask lots of questions. Learn lots of things. ~

#4 paigems


    Veteran Member

  • Site Watch
  • Posts & Likes
    Posts: 1,170
    Likes: 149
About Me
  • Gender:Female
  • Joined: 24-October 08

Posted 07 October 2013 - 01:33 PM

Working out can make my acne and oily skin worse too. I was lifting very heavy weights multiple times a week and my skin was horrible! The oil was also out of control and very uncomfortable. Turns out, intense exercise can actually increase male hormones, and for me this is what was making my skin look so bad. Like you, I didn't want to stop exercising so I started doing pilates with light weights 3 times a week for no more than 30 minutes. This doesn't affect my skin at all, and my body looks great. I've also been eating very clean (which also helps my acne), and I'm starting to see my ab muscles poke through! smile.png

Edited by paigems, 07 October 2013 - 01:35 PM.

#5 jamiedxo


    New Member

  • Members
  • Posts & Likes
    Posts: 22
    Likes: 1
About Me
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Vancouver, Canada
  • Joined: 22-September 13



Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:30 PM

I workout regularly too and lift heavy weights. You're probably over washing your face, as someone previously mentioned.

Don't wash your face before your workout.. If you need to, perhaps just rinse your face with water?

Then wash your face after you sweat and moisturize immediately and avoid putting on makeup right away..

That's what I do and I find that I don't break out worse after a workout.. Mind you, I'm also on accutane.


Good luck!

#6 Solaire



  • Members
  • Posts & Likes
    Posts: 53
    Likes: 32
About Me
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:California
  • Interests:Anything and everything Batman!
  • Joined: 13-October 13

Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:48 PM

Like others said before, you might be washing your face too many times. I would wash your face twice a day, after waking up and after your work out. If you would like to start your work out with a clean face, wipe away any excess products, then you could use a light toner or cleansing water with a cotton pad before your workout. I sometimes do this. I'm sure you already know this but make sure your getting good sleep and drinking plenty of water! Also maybe you should lessen your workout days. Just do every other day? Maybe you're putting too much stress on your body.

Good luck!

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users