Garrett Gottlieb

Tips for Avoiding Post Workout Breakouts

Garrett Gottlieb
Tips for Avoiding Post Workout Breakouts

The main reason for working out is definitely to be attractive. Yes, there definitely is a desire to be extremely healthy and feel good mentally too, but come on – it’s the looks and physical definition that a lot of people workout for this for. However, more often than not, it can happen that exercising can cause breakouts on our skin, even though it’s generally a healthy activity.

Touching dirty gym equipment and then touching your face, working on the yoga mat and then touching your skin again or leaving your makeup while you’re working out can cause that post-workout acne that we hate so much. But how can you stop this? Scientists say that it’s not only because of sweat, so what are the small things we could do to keep our skin healthy even after working out?


No Makeup, No Problem

The most important thing is that you hit the gym without wearing any makeup. Yes, working out without makeup might make you feel a bit self-conscious and uncomfortable (especially if there’s a guy you like there), but makeup can clog your face pores. This can furthermore cause the breakout of acne and zits, so make sure that you cleanse your face before the actual workout. If you’re exercising in the morning even better, as you can put your makeup on after your workout.


Clean Towels

Make sure that you don’t wipe off sweat using your hands, arms and the t-shirt you work out in. Use a clean and fresh towel instead. However, what you need to take care of is not putting your towel on dirty exercise machines as you might transfer bacteria to your face. Check if your gym offers antibacterial wipes that you can use before stepping onto a machine – clean the handles so that you know you’re not touching any bacteria. While wiping off your sweat with a clean towel, do not rub too hard or you will cause friction that can definitely produce post workout acne.


Exfoliation Motivation

Workout clothes can also be culprit for your breakout (as you will be able to see a bit down in this article), but sometimes, it’s just your skin. In order to prevent this as much as you can, exfoliate at least 1 or 2 times a week so that you get rid of the dead cells from your face. If you have a general problem with acne, make sure that you opt for a good acne treatment for adults and you will definitely see the difference. Going to the dermatologist and still taking care of what you’re touching before touching your face can help you tremendously.


Speaking of Clothing…

Gym clothes can be quite fashionable and comfortable, and you might like your figure in tight gym clothing. However, even though these might be flattering, it could be that you’re breaking out because of too much friction that tight clothing carries. Sweaty workout clothes and hats can rub onto your skin and cause it to break out. If you’re experiencing any issues with post workout acne, opt for lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. If they’re made out of natural fabrics, even better as they will allow your skin to breathe. Moisture-wicking fabrics are also amazing.


Pony Up, Girl

This is definitely a tip that cannot be emphasized enough – but make sure that you wear your hair back while you’re working out. Hair can rub against your skin, and the natural hair oils can significantly affect the state of your face. If you have bangs, this is even more important – make sure to use a headband and put them back.  A ponytail or a bun is the best hairstyle for the gym.


Shower Power

Finally, don’t wait to get home in order to shower, but rather shower in your gym. Not only will you be washing away bacteria and sweat, but you will also be cleansing your skin which can definitely cool you down and stop the sweating.

Yes, paying attention to your figure and your face while working out might be somewhat dull and daunting. However, since we’re already trying to look our best and can lift weights, we can also wear our hair back and shower immediately after. This will definitely enhance our appearance, and most importantly keep our face very healthy, just like the rest of our body!

Article by: Mia Taylor

Mia Taylor is a lifestyle blogger from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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