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- Protect your skin from sun exposure. Wear sunglasses, a hat and other protective clothing when exercising outdoors. Sunscreen is the unbreakable rule. If you’re going to be working out in the great outdoors, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen liberally to sun-exposed skin, even when it’s cloudy. The AAD recommends reapplying every two hours and after swimming and sweating, so if you’re working up a sweat, be generous with the sun block. For exercisers, look for “sport” sunscreens that are designed to stay put even when you sweat.
- Cleanse gently.To prevent acne flare-ups and scars, gently clean your skin with a mild cleanser twice a day (morning and night) and after heavy exercise
- Avoid tight clothing.Tight clothing that rubs sensitive and acne-prone areas can irritate and aggravate preexisting conditions. Wear lightweight, breathable and un-restrictive clothing and change out of it soon after a tough workout.
- Wear flip-flops.Don’t walk barefoot through the gym or locker room. Wearing flip-flops to shower can protect your skin from fungal infections.
- Wash your hands.To avoid spreading germs, wipe equipment down before and after use and wash your hands after you work out.
- Avoid touching your face.Touching your skin increases the risk of clogging your pores with bacteria and oils, especially if your hands are already picking up bacteria and germs from touching workout equipment.
- Drink plenty of H20 to replace water lost during workouts. Proper hydration will keep your entire body functioning properly