How does Exercise affect Acne?

How does Exercise affect Acne?

When it comes to a solid exercise routine, there’s one thing that can hold you back and cause you to worry about its effects: acne.

Acne is not simply a few blemishes on the skin; it is a condition which affects many and leaves the complexion covered in marks, cysts or nodules.

Although acne is not caused by an unhygienic skincare routine, and is instead caused by diet, hormones and genetics, many people hold back on regular day-to-day activities such as exercise for fear of making the condition worse.

We sat down with the team at Murad, who are specialists in skin health to fully understand how exercise can affect acne, and what you need to do to keep it under control.

Exercise and Acne

Exercise is brilliant for your health, body and skin. By increasing blood flow, your body pushes toxins out of your system and leaves you with a glowing and clear complexion.

For those that have acne however, the mixing of sweat and dirt from your skin can leave you with a poor complexion and an even worse bout of breakouts, so following these easy tips will help to keep your skin clear and healthy.

Cleanse your Skin before a Workout

If you go straight to the gym after work and don’t wash your face before doing so, just think of all the bacteria your skin has to fight off. A day’s worth of makeup, dirt, oil and impurities mixes with sweat as your workout and can leave your pores clogged and your skin breaking out.

Before you do any exercise whatsoever, use a mild but clearing skin wash that will help to reduce the bacteria already on your skin and limit your chance of impurities causing spots to appear.

Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser contains Salicylic Acid to remove all traces of dirt and oil on the skin, while Green Tea helps to soothe and calm down any inflammation.

Wear Sunscreen

A common misconception about the sun is that it clears up your acne, and while it will for a short period of time, it’s certainly not a long-term solution, and can actually cause more harm than good.

Wearing suncream is essential when you have any skin type, but especially when you have acne, as your skin can be more sensitive and so needs an extra level of protection.

Murad’s new City Skin Age Defense has been formulated especially to fight damaging UV rays and keep the skin protected and covered. It has an SPF 50, which is the the factor you should be using on your face. The skin here is some of the thinnest on the body and is the first to show signs of ageing, so keeping it protected is essential to keeping it youthful. Infused with Vitamin C, the sunscreen also helps to brighten the complexion and revive fatigued skin, leaving you with a healthy dose of colour.

Ditch the Makeup

We have already mentioned how important it is to cleanse your skin before a workout, so wearing makeup during exercise is a big no no.

Although most foundations and makeup products are non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog your pores), you definitely shouldn’t be wearing them while working out.

If you are quite anxious about your skin because you feel it looks uneven or red, try Murad’s Redness Therapy Moisturiser, which has a green tint to cancel out the redness, but is still categorised as skincare, so won’t break you out.

Cleanse after your Workout

After you have sweated and got sticky during your workout, you need to make sure you are cleansing all those impurities away after. Sitting around after a workout without cleansing your skin and body will only result in further breakouts, so have a shower and minimise the risk.

Murad’s Clarifying Mask is a great product to use post-workout as it contains a blend of clays to draw out impurities and deep cleanse your skin after exercise. After your shower, follow up with the Murad Clarifying Body Spray which has a blend of potent antibacterial actives to keep the skin free from blemishes.



Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!