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Correlation between acne and gym

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Greetings,

I wanted to make a topic about gym and acne. I am now 20 years old and have been fighting acne back and forth for the past 4 years. Throughout these years I have both been working out at the gym and not working out at all. My gym periods and pauses are usually around 6 months to a year which is enough time to notice any difference in the skin. I have noticed that during the periods when I workout I get way more acne than when I dont. I have been completely clear during the periods when I didn't workout. 

I am well aware of that it is important to not let the sweat dry in your skin so I always shower and wash my face after a session. I always workout in the evening so I wont have to shower a third time which can cause unwanted dryness to the skin.

Worth mentioning is that I do not take any supplements such as testosterone boosters or protein shakes that may have impact on my skin.


Working out is very important to me and I dont want to have to choose between gym and acne but lately the idea of taking a break seems more and more appealing to me...

Have you guys experienced any correlation between acne and gym? What did you do? Will I just have to choose between acne and muscles?

Yours truly


 

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been working out for 4 years.

i personally dont see a big correlation.  working out causes dehydration/sweat which i guess could contribute to acne.

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Does the shower have any mound anywhere that could be a problem? Are you sacrificing sleep for gym when you do gym? Have you spoken to a pharmacist or GP? :)

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4 hours ago, zaichik said:

Does the shower have any mound anywhere that could be a problem? Are you sacrificing sleep for gym when you do gym? Have you spoken to a pharmacist or GP? :)

No mound. Not sacrificing sleep, usually getting 8 hours +/-1h of quality sleep. And I have not spoken to anyone yet.

i dont know if there is much they can do as Im following the acne.org regimen and doing everything i can to prevent breakouts... Maybe I just have to choose gym or clear skin...

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10 hours ago, aliasson said:
No mound. Not sacrificing sleep, usually getting 8 hours +/-1h of quality sleep. And I have not spoken to anyone yet.

i dont know if there is much they can do as Im following the acne.org regimen and doing everything i can to prevent breakouts... Maybe I just have to choose gym or clear skin...
Whoops I meant mould.

It would be a shame to stop working out if you enjoy it, and it is important to exercise. It seems that you are not alone with this problem, and there will be a way to resolve it, I am sure. 

The most important thing is to speak to a professional, so I would advise to go to a pharmacist or make an appointment with your doctor, and they should be able to pinpoint the problem which causes you to breakout when you gym. You could even go to a dermatologist, because they specialise in skin. Once you know exactly what it is that causes you to breakout, your pharmacist/doctor/dermatologist should be able to advise you on what to do, or prescribe some treatment/medication which will enable you to gym and be acne-free. Your exercise-induced acne is bound to be something rather common, and it could easily be a simple mistake/problem that just needs to pass.

Where is this acne? If it’s on your back, make sure to always wear clean workout clothes, perhaps some sweat-wicking ones would help, and also keep away from tight clothes if the problem is on your body. Personally, I think that acne can be diminished by adopting a basic skincare routine, such as cleansing once or twice a day with a non-comedogenic cleanser, and gently exfoliating 1-3 times a week (sometimes cleansing just isn’t enough). If your skin is dry, perhaps use a non-comedogenic moisturiser. Cetaphil seems like a good option to go for. Having said that, a skincare routine isn’t for everyone, and often, treatment alone will do the trick. (Do not try cleansing with oils because excess oil helps the acne spread, as does squeezing your spots. Perhaps, when you have a spot you can’t ignore, put some ice on it for 5 mins to bring the redness and swelling down.)

Exercise somewhere cool, if you can, near fans, or even outside. I searched 'acne when I work out' on the internet and it does seem to say that over-heating when you exercise may cause the problem. Perhaps don’t take a steaming hot shower afterwards, go for a warm temp.

I am not expert on this, so please talk to a pharmacist or professional because they are very knowledgable, make sure to explain everything, and follow their advice :) 

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1 hour ago, zaichik said:
Whoops I meant mould.

It would be a shame to stop working out if you enjoy it, and it is important to exercise. It seems that you are not alone with this problem, and there will be a way to resolve it, I am sure. 

The most important thing is to speak to a professional, so I would advise to go to a pharmacist or make an appointment with your doctor, and they should be able to pinpoint the problem which causes you to breakout when you gym. You could even go to a dermatologist, because they specialise in skin. Once you know exactly what it is that causes you to breakout, your pharmacist/doctor/dermatologist should be able to advise you on what to do, or prescribe some treatment/medication which will enable you to gym and be acne-free. Your exercise-induced acne is bound to be something rather common, and it could easily be a simple mistake/problem that just needs to pass.

Where is this acne? If it’s on your back, make sure to always wear clean workout clothes, perhaps some sweat-wicking ones would help, and also keep away from tight clothes if the problem is on your body. Personally, I think that acne can be diminished by adopting a basic skincare routine, such as cleansing once or twice a day with a non-comedogenic cleanser, and gently exfoliating 1-3 times a week (sometimes cleansing just isn’t enough). If your skin is dry, perhaps use a non-comedogenic moisturiser. Cetaphil seems like a good option to go for. Having said that, a skincare routine isn’t for everyone, and often, treatment alone will do the trick. (Do not try cleansing with oils because excess oil helps the acne spread, as does squeezing your spots. Perhaps, when you have a spot you can’t ignore, put some ice on it for 5 mins to bring the redness and swelling down.)

Exercise somewhere cool, if you can, near fans, or even outside. I searched 'acne when I work out' on the internet and it does seem to say that over-heating when you exercise may cause the problem. Perhaps don’t take a steaming hot shower afterwards, go for a warm temp.

I am not expert on this, so please talk to a pharmacist or professional because they are very knowledgable, make sure to explain everything, and follow their advice :) 
Thanks a lot for your thorough respond.

It's on my face and to fight the acne I get I use the e acne.org regimen which works okay for me so I will stick with that. I am very well aware of to not let ANYTHING touch my  face except when I clean my face in the hower and apply BP and moisturizer.

I might just have to get a professionals opinion on this.


 

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