Exercise and Acne

June is Acne Awareness Month so we are taking the whole month to share our love for all things Aloeclear. In this post we’re going to break down one of the biggest myths regarding blemishes. 

Have you ever heard that breaking a sweat is harmful to your skin? Do you avoid strenuous workouts to prevent any chance of a breakout? Well, you’re in luck – exercise is actually good for your skin!

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The largest organ on your body is the skin, so an overall healthy lifestyle – including exercise – will benefit your complexion in multiple ways. Exercising increases blood flow to the skin to nourish cells and keep them healthy, and this increased blood flow helps carry away waste from the skin such as cellular debris and free radicals. Exercise also relieves stress, which can increase oil production and therefore cause breakouts. Exercise also boosts your immune system to help fight off bacteria and inflammation that can lead to acne.

You can absolutely hit the gym, even if you do have acne! But if you want to make sure your skin stays clear while you’re in cardio mode, here are a few things you can do to keep your skin protected before, during and after the workout:

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Prior to the workout, wash your face with warm water and a little bit of Start Clean. This will allow pores to release toxins through sweat without mixing with bacteria that can be present from makeup, dirt and oil. If the gym is your after-work routine, make sure you don’t have a lick of makeup on your face before you start your workout.

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During the workout use a sunscreen when you’re outside such as Correction Code AM SPF 25 and keep skin refreshed with Nutri-Hydrating Mist. Use an environmental protection serum as well, such as The Guardian, to keep skin protected from environmental bacteria that leads to redness and irritation. Finally, make sure you’re using a clean towel to dab the sweat off your skin, and don’t swipe. Vigorous swiping can irritate pores, leading to inflammation and breakouts.

After your workout, shower immediately. If you can’t, load up on the Nutri-Hydrating Mist. Continue to keep skin hydrated throughout the day with a moisturizer and water-rich snacks.

So there you have it – everyone, regardless of skin type, can get moving this summer! Tag @aloette so we can see your best moves this season!

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