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Protecting your Skin at the Gym
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox

Protecting your Skin at the Gym

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Belonging to a gym is a great ode to your physical and even emotional health, but unfortunately can wreak havoc on your immune system and skin’s delicate composure. The negative impacts of a shared workout space can result in clogged pores, blisters and exposure to bacteria if you don’t take the proper precautions. Luckily, we’ve gathered a few of the best tips for maximizing your health and protecting your skin before, during and after your workout.

Before your Workout

Smiling female faceBench presses, dumb-bells and equipment are a breeding ground for germs. Be sure to wipe down your equipment before using it to prevent exposing your skin to infection causing bacteria. You can use disinfectant spray or disposable wipes to get the job done efficiently. Prior to your workout routine, put your hair up and wash your face. We must remember our skin needs to be clear of makeup and excess oils so toxins can be thoroughly released as we perspire. Going into your workout clean and ready to battle germs sets you up for success.

During your Workout

Staying hydrated during a workout is extremely important, Male drink water after Exercisekeep a water bottle near by to grab when you need relief from all of those intense exercises! Blemishes and pimples are a pain, so while working out, be mindful to avoid touching your face and spreading bacteria. While we know it’s difficult to avoid touching your skin, please always wash your hands first so you don’t risk unnecessary breakouts. Wearing gloves and light-weight clothing increases comfort and protection during your workout routine.

After your Workout

Foot fungus, athlete’s foot and herpes spread very quickly in a gym setting. Always remember if showering at the gym to wear flip flops or shower shoes, never step foot into a public shower without your feet covered.

Female at shower after gymThis is important, your after workout routine is detrimental to your skin’s health! Once you’ve finished your push-ups, crunches and planks for the day you’re going to be very sweaty. Sitting around in workout clothes can contribute to skin infections, excess breakouts and unpleasant smells. Make sure you shower immediately after a workout to wash away those toxins and promote healthy skin. This will not only wash away germs and bacteria, but also help you smell a lot better! Remember to grab a drink after your shower to re-hydrate and balance your electrolytes.

Following these tips and recommendations can help you have glowing and healthy skin. We can’t protect ourselves from every single germ, but with the proper precautions you can protect your complexion. If you’ve been working out at the gym and are experiencing skin abnormalities, it could be a sign of a skin condition or infection. We recommend prompt treatment for skin related issues to prevent spreading and further irritation. Please reach out to Advanced Dermatology today to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists.

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