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6 Tips to Avoid Exercise Breakouts

August 15, 2016

6 Tips to Avoid Exercise Breakouts

Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle, however certain factors can increase a chance for flare-ups. Following these simple tips before and after a workout can do a lot to save you from the aggravation of a post-exercise breakout.


1) Don't over-exercise. 

Exercise is a form of stress and over-stressing the body can cause your cortisol levels to go crazy, increasing hormonal imbalance, inflammation, and skin conditions like acne. If you are hitting the gym hard and seeing an increase in breakouts, it may be a sign to scale back.


2) Don't compromise your sleep in order to exercise.

Quality sleep is the foundation of a healthy immune system and clear skin. If you find you are forcing yourself out of bed at 5am to make that bootcamp on only 6 hours of sleep, it's actually better for your body and skin to skip the workout and get a full night's rest. Likewise, exercising too late may keep the body too active and hold you back from getting to bed at a healthy hour. 


3) Keep to moderate exercising between 8am-8pm. 

I am a big fan of pilates and yoga, both which focus on building core strength without over-stressing our bodies. Find an activity you love and do it daily in moderation!


4) Don't eat anything with whey protein.

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5) Remove all make up before your workout. 

I know it is embarrassing to work out while sporting a pimple in a gym full of attractive, fit people. But what is worse – sporting that pimple for a few hours or sporting more pimples for a few days? Exercising causes us to sweat to be expelled through glands on the face that sit directly next to our pores. Leaving makeup on your face increases the likelihood of congestion as sweat mixes with makeup products inside of our follicles.


6) Rinse or wash your skin before and after working out. 

If you’re planning to exercise, it is pretty likely that you will sweat. Making sure your skin is clean and free of any dirt or debris will give you a much better chance of avoiding breakouts in areas where you sweat the most (face, chest, and back). 


I hope you found this helpful. Happy working out!


Elise May, CN + LE, is the owner and practitioner behind SKINutritious. She has helped over 1,000 clients clear acne with detoxing treatments, clear skin coaching, and holistic skincare. 

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