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How to prevent skin side effect after a workout

Updated on September 20, 2013

Skin side effect of a workout

  • Blackheads
  • Stretch marks
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Yeast infections
  • Ingrown hair

Side effects

We all know working out has its benefits from looking great to feeling great; but there are also some negative side effects it can have on your skin. With the warmer season coming around the corner you want to be able to show off your body (these negative skin conditions make it hard for people to notice how hard you’ve work to get in shape). These side effects stem from improper hygiene after a workout.


Blackheads are the worst; they show up all over your shoulders and back. For those of you who worked so hard on developing your shoulder, back, and chest it’s hard to enjoy your hard work with those ugly marks all over your body. Blackheads happen when sweat from your workout routine mixes with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria that can overwhelm pores leading to clogging causing acne which leads to blackheads. To prevent this whole cycle, take a hot shower to open up your pores. Be sure to remove any makeup or sunscreen before a workout. It will also help to wash your chest, back, and shoulders with anti-bacterial soap daily. The type of clothing you wear is important; you want to wear loose clothing. Clothing that rubs against the skin can irritate preexisting conditions making things a whole lot worse. Wear loose and breathable clothes and be sure to change clothes after a workout.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks can ruin a nice pair of legs. You’ve worked so hard building your muscles and then you begin to see tiny little marks running down your arms, shoulders, and legs. Let’s face it, that’s not the image you imagine when you started your workout routine is it? Stretch marks occur when the body is changing at a fast paste. Some people (body builders) see these as battle scars, but for those who really won’t to do without them should not workout as much. You could apply cocoa butter after a workout to reduce the appearance. Don’t wait too long or it won’t be as effective. The simplest thing to do is slowly build your muscles.

Inflammatory skin conditions

This is caused when blood is rushing to your face during and after a workout. For those who have sweat rashes, such as rosacea and Milleara it will make things worse. Douse some cold water on your face to stimulate blood circulation.

Yeast infection

When you think of a yeast infection you may thing that this only occurs in women, but men can also develop a yeast infection. Perspiration from exercise creates the kind of condition yeast infections thrive in. Yeast micro-organisms thrive in warm moist places, so since your body temperature increases during a workout this give them an opportunity to grow. To prevent this from happening change your clothes after a workout and wash them in between use. You can also wear clothes that wipe away moisture from your skin clean and dry.

Prevent ingrown hair

  • Soften hair before removal
  • Moisturize
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Avoid tight clothing

Ingrown hair

An ingrown hair is hair follicle that grows sideways instead of outward creating a very painful and embarrassing pimple like bump. Depending on the type of hair you have (curly), some people are more likely to get an ingrown hair. Exercising after a workout can cause chaffing that can lead to an ingrown hair due to the sweat that gets into the pores during a workout. To prevent this skin condition, be sure to take a shower after a workout.


There are a lot of skin conditions caused from working out, but the only way to prevent this from happening is with proper hygiene. So remember to change your clothes after a workout and remove all make up and sunscreen. Hygiene is very important when it comes to working out, so be clean and safe.


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