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Breaking a sweat can break your perfect skin streak

We all know working out is great for our mind, body and our health. You work out to look hot but what if that workout makes your skin less than gorgeous? How do you deal when you walk in the gym feeling sexy and confident, only to leave with an embarrassing red face and backne? Here are some of the most common post-workout skincare woes and their solutions.

Some people are just prone to redness and skin irritations. Working out increases your blood flow and can cause severe flushing, this is much more than a healthy post-run glow. Sensitive skin can be easily irritated and combine that with sweat and you have bigger problems. Use an anti-redness moisturizer for sensitive skin to help create a barrier where your skin is moisturized and protected so it won’t get as irritated. Avoid using any skin treatments that may irritate your skin the night before workouts. Keep cool during your sweat fest by spritzing a cooling spray on your skin as much as you want.  You can find a cheap spray bottle at your local 99 cent store. After you are done working out, splash your face with cold water and wash and moisturize with anti-redness products.

Redness is also common when exercising outdoors. Sunburn is one of the most common outdoor skin issues. Even sunscreens that say they are sweat and waterproof aren’t sufficient. If you work out enough to produce a good amount of sweat, it will wash away. Be sure to re-apply sunscreen on the areas that are visible to the sun every 30 to 60 minutes. If you do forget to apply and get burned, be sure to take some Advil, apply aloe vera gel, topical cortisone cream or a healing balm like Miracle Skin Transformer’s Heal Everything Balm.  If you notice any blisters, see a doctor immediately.

A few other common problems are itchiness, hives and breakouts from breaking a sweat. If you tend to get indoor or outdoor allergies when working out, take an antihistamine before you start moving and it could curb annoying allergy symptoms. If the sweat and oil are causing you acne, first take a look at your skincare products. You could be using a sunscreen or cleanser that clogs your pores. Make sure to switch to oil-free or noncomedogenic (which means it won’t clog your precious pores.) Be sure to wear moisture wicking materials and wash your face and body immediately after working out.

Have you ever encountered these post-workout skincare problems? What did you do to solve them for good?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.