Do you play sports? Do you exercise? Are you wearing sports and exercise clothing and equipment? Have you noticed that you’re experiencing breakouts happening where your sports bra or helmet touches? If you answered “yes”, you are experiencing something called ACNE MECHANICA.
When you’re working out or playing sports, pores that are clogged are being subjected to pressure and friction from your clothing and/or workout gear. The debris and bacteria trapped inside the pores will then erupt into a papule or pustule. Sweating during your activities and not washing it off afterwards also aggravates the follicles which can lead to breakouts.
So, what are you supposed to do? Stop working out? Stop playing your favorite sports activities? NO. You need to prevent the pores from being clogged in the first place. First things first: Immediately shower off after your activity using a non-comedogenic cleanser for the face and body such as the Ultra Gentle Cleanser. Then, apply an exfoliant such as Mandelic Serum or Salicylic Serum to keep the dead skin cells from building up. Lastly, use a Benzoyl Peroxide acne medication to kill the bacteria inside the pores so pimples don’t have the opportunity to form. Acne Mechanica is preventable.
PS! Don’t forget to put on some loose fitting clothing after showering- nothing too tight on your body AND becareful- wear white clothing when using Benzoyl Peroxide as it will bleach fabric.
When you know how to properly cleanse pre and post workout/sports, you won’t need to choose between having clear skin or being physically active. You can have the best of both worlds!