How your workout can affect your skin

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Exercise benefits not just your heart and body but your skin as well. Regular exercise has been shown to keep your skin vibrant, healthy, and youthful. However, that may not be the case for everyone.

If you have skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, or psoriasis, too much vigorous exercise and sweating can do more harm than good. Here are some tips from a board-certified dermatologist on how to keep your skin at its optimal while you work out.

Wear sunscreen
If you enjoy your workouts in the great outdoors, wearing sunscreen—along with reapplying it regularly—is important to keeping your skin healthy. While you may not feel the effects of sun exposure right away, over time, exposure to UV light can lead to premature aging, the development of fine lines and wrinkles, and for some people, can even lead to skin cancer.

Avoid makeup
Clogged pores lead to the formation of acne, which is why having a bare face while you exercise is highly recommended. Removing your makeup or exercising without it will prevent your pores from getting clogged with not just makeup but oil and dirt buildup as well.

Moisturize
Showering after your workout and gently cleansing your face are essential steps to take, especially if you've broken a sweat. Perspiration can sometimes cause irritation and rashes on your skin if left too long—this is especially true in the case of people with psoriasis or eczema. Applying a gentle, soothing cream before your workout and after you shower will also help prevent further skin irritation.

Cold Compress
Highly recommended for people with rosacea, cold compresses can help calm the skin and prevent redness if you've gotten flushed after a workout. Exercising, if possible, in a cool environment can also help alleviate symptoms.

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Palm Beach Dermatology has been serving patients in and around Palm Beach County for over twenty years, we are a full-service dermatology and dermatological surgery practice with special emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. All physicians in our group are Board Certified by The American Board of Dermatology and are Fellows of the American Academy of Dermatology. We invite you to visit us at Palm Beach Dermatology to find out why you can trust our skin care team.

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