Clean up your workout routine - how to prevent acne at the gym

Clean up your workout routine - how to prevent acne at the gym

by Diane Z, La Roche-Posay USA Editor

I love the feeling of accomplishment after a good workout. I know I did something good for my body, my mind and even my skin. Increased blood flow helps flush skin-clogging toxins from our system, and exercise can help relieve stress hormones, which is a known trigger for adult acne, premature skin aging, and more.

Unfortunately, hitting the gym and keeping my skin breakout free has clashed over the years. That’s why I follow a few simple routines that let me get my sweat on anytime without compromising a clear complexion.

Morning workout warriors: Skip the cleanse! One of the hardest but most worthwhile adjustments I made was resisting the urge to cleanse before my morning workout. I needed that squeaky-clean feeling to help wake me up, but it was over-drying my skin. Now, I simply splash my face with water and save cleansing for after my workout.

Lunchtime crunch: Pack your micellar water! This is the easiest way to help clear your skin of pore-clogging make-up while simultaneously changing into yoga pants for your 12:15 barre class.

Evening gym junkies: If you’re going from the office to the studio or gym in rush hour traffic, rely on a gentle cleanser that can be wiped off with a cotton pad. This helps remove the oil, dirt, and pollution that have built up throughout the day. Follow with an oil-free moisturizer that won’t clog your pores.