Looking in the mirror and seeing skin that you’re proud to call your own is something we all wish for. From trying countless beauty products to trying out the mythical methods that the internet obsesses over, we’re all willing to get a little creative to achieve it. The reality is, everything that we do and put into our body is going to have an effect on our skin. In today’s blog post, we’re going to touch on how working out affects the health of your skin.

That Healthy Glow

Having skin that glows is something that people try to achieve through bronzer, highlighter, self-tanner, and countless other artificial products. Sure, these products help you get a noticeable glow, but they can also be the cause of clogged pores and the like. One of the first benefits of working out that we’re going to touch on is a natural glow.

Exercise helps pump more blood through your body, which in turn pushes more oxygen and nutrients to your organs. When this happens your skin immediately brightens up, and you get the glow you’ve always wanted.

Skin Conditions Could Flare Up

Though working out does have plenty of benefits for your skin, there’s also a chance that it could cause any current skin conditions to worsen. While you’re working out, your body is at a higher temperature than normal, and it’s sweating a ton — both of these are reasons that your skin’s irritabilities could worsen. If you have sensitive skin, it’s essential that you make efforts to care for your skin before and after a workout to avoid any irritation.

Increase in Breakouts

As we just mentioned, working out leads to higher body temperature and an increase in sweat. Because that is the case, an increase in breakouts is something that most people should anticipate. Taking precautions to care for your skin is one of the best ways that you can minimize the number of breakouts that you’re having.

Some of the best advice that we can give is to start a workout with a clean, fresh face. Working out with clogged pores is a recipe for disaster. Your pores are unable to open up when they need to release toxins and sweat. Using a gentle toner or a makeup wipe can clear your face so that your skin is ready to sweat. Once you’ve fined a workout, use a gentle cleanser that ensures your bores are cleaned from all of the toxins and sweat your body just finished releasing.

Extreme Dryness

Depending on your skin type, you may also experience extreme dryness after some time of working out. This is for a few different reasons. For starters, sweat has this effect on certain types of skin types and can leave you feeling flakey. For others, heightened dryness can happen when you’ve washed your face too many times and it’s reacting to this new skin care regimen. Try adding a moisturizer to your routine and see how your skin reacts. If it balances itself out, then you may have found a new skin care routine that goes hand in hand with your workout routine.

Find a Routine that Works

Finding a skin care routine that works for you and for your skin can take some serious time. There are still women that aren’t entirely sure what their skin needs to be healthy. The challenging part, as we mentioned before, is that all of the things that we do and put into our body will affect our skin. So if you’re just beginning to add working out to your routine, you can expect for your skin to require a new routine as well.

If at first, you see an increase in breakouts or irritation, then it’s time to shift your routine. You may notice that washing your face more times in a day is leaving your skin dry and irritated, or that sticking to your current skin care routine has your face looking greasy. Whatever it may be, be open to shifting your skin care routine and starting from scratch to find the products and schedule that works for you.

Consult a Professional

If you’re experiencing some changes with your skin that you think could be associated with working out, schedule an appointment at Kallgren Dermatology Clinic. We provide skin care solutions to individuals in the surrounding Boulder area and would be more than happy to look at your skin and provide you with some care tactics and solutions. Contact us today to book an appointment with our team.