When most of us think of acne and working out, we typically think that sweat is the culprit. We associate not showering directly after a workout with breakouts and dirty skin. In fact, though, these are all just myths.
Many years ago, a research study was done with two groups of active people and breakouts that
followed. I'll spare you the details, but essentially the two groups showered at different times after a workout and there was little to no difference between the two groups.
What the study concluded was that it wasn't the sweat causing the breakouts, but contact with bacterias from the equipment... Things like mats, helmets, touching weights and then your face, things of that nature. So, with that in mind, there are a few things you can do to eliminate "workout acne."
Workout without makeup. Cleanse skin before hand, apply a non-clogging moisturizer, and go bare to be sure makeup ingredients don’t clog your pores.
Keep your hands away from your face. Especially after you touch equipment, keep your hands from touching your face in any manner.
Cleanse after your workout. Though the study above noted that it didn’t matter when participants washed off sweat, cleansing after a workout is a good idea in case you collected any bacteria on your skin.
Exfoliate more often. If you’re sweating and washing regularly, step up your exfoliation and see if that helps.
Try these steps and let us know if it helps your workout acne! Keep on keeping on!