Is Exercise A Good Acne Natural Remedy

exercise acne natural remedyThere are a number of acne treatment options. There is allopathic medicine, which is the treatment of disease with prescription medications primarily, there is homeopathic medicine, there is naturopathic medicine and there are the hybrids of the three treatments. There are people that want a prescription medication since they have good reports on working and they may not have time or faith in homeopathic or naturopathic remedies. For the people seeking to avoid acne drugs, they have options like detoxification, herbs, dietary changes, homeopathic remedies and more.

Moderate exercise would fall under the naturopathic acne natural remedy category and it is true that exercise is actually good for your skin. Exercise is valuable because it helps you maintain a healthy body and manage your stress levels. If you determine your acne is irritated by exercise, re-examine your routine. What you wear is important since tight and synthetic clothing do not breathe well. If your clothing is causing friction that is known to irritate skin. Where do you go to exercise? Do you enjoy your exercise? Studies have shown that if you are not doing something you enjoy it will not bring the same benefits as if you are doing something that you look forward to and like to do. How vigorous is your workout? Exercise-related acne is usually caused by something you put on your body rather than the exercise. Identify and remove these outside factors, and you may put an end to your workout breakouts. Here are just a few things to watch for.

When exercising, wear as little make-up as possible. Even oil-free and non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) cosmetics can clog pores if worn during heavy exercise. When you’re done working out, clean up as soon as possible. Cosmetics can cause a type of acne called Acne Cosmetica, which appears without exercise, but the opening of the pores and allowing foreign articles to get in the pore is something you want to avoid.

If you like to exercise outside, always wear an oil-free sunscreen. While acne may appear to improve slightly after brief periods in the sun, studies show that prolonged exposure actually promotes comedones (clogged pores) and, of course, sun damage, which leads to wrinkles. Some acne medications like Isotretinoin make skin more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is even more important. When choosing a sunscreen, look for products that are oil-free and have a protection factor of at least SPF 15 for both UVA and UVB rays. Like cosmetics, sunscreen can clog the pores so clean up right after working out.

If you’re prone to body acne, avoid clothing made 100% from lycra or nylon. Why? Most synthetic fabrics trap the heat and moisture against your skin, creating a fertile breeding ground for the bacteria, p. acnes, which causes the inflammation under the skin. For moderate exercise, your best bet is lightweight, loose-fitting cotton, or a lycra-cotton blend. Natural fabrics allow the skin to breathe, and loose garments are less likely to cause friction. If you’re exercising intensely and sweating a lot you may want to try some of the new clothing made from material that is designed to wick moisture away from your skin.

Some people are more likely to get acne from the body parts that touch the sports equipment. The best solution for this is a good fit, make sure your helmet doesn’t slide around on your forehead, or your bathing suit isn’t too tight under the arms. You can also help prevent equipment related flare-ups by lining your helmet with a layer of soft, washable cotton fabric; it’s a great use for those old t-shirts. No matter what the sport, it’s an excellent idea to keep your equipment clean and dry when not in use so unwanted bacteria or fungi do not colonize. Bacteria are not only responsible for acne but for Folliculitis as well.

No matter what you do to get your exercise; treadmill, trail, tennis court, or whatever, don’t sit around in your sweaty clothes or wet bathing suit when you’re done. If you can clean up right away and change into dry clothes. If this isn’t possible, change into dry clothes after drying off as much as possible. When you dry your face, always use a clean towel and pad gently rather than wipe. Vigorous wiping can irritate your skin, pushing debris like cosmetics and sunscreen deeper into the pores.

It is always best to shower immediately after exercising. Using a medicated exfoliant cleanser is a good idea too, but always be gentle with your skin. Scrubbing is not going to make your skin any cleaner, or make your acne go away; it is actually likely that it will irritate existing lesions and promote the development of new pimples by spreading the bacteria and pus. If it is not possible to shower right away, you can still prevent breakouts by wiping your skin with medicated pads. Always keep a couple pads in your gym bag just in case.

Exercise is a good acne natural remedy and is an excellent option for people that want to treat acne homeopathically or naturopathically. It is a good practice for anyone since exercise increases endorphins in the blood, which help lower stress and our response to it. A healthy exercise program is an important part of your overall health; and a healthy body is more likely to have healthy skin.


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February 2, 2011

Hester @ 2:24 pm #

I know for sure that exercise reduces my stress. It does appear to help keep my skin more vibrant as well.


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