Exercise benefits acne-prone skin

Undoubtedly, some people have experienced increased acne related to athletics. This causes many people to think that sweat and heat increases the chances that they will get acne. According to doctors interviewed by WebMD, though, the opposite is true.

Dermatologists claim that exercising offers numerous skin benefits, especially for people with acne-prone skin. When you exercise, your body uses up excess testosterone. Large levels of testosterone have been linked to acne. Burning off some of that unneeded testosterone, therefore, could help you prevent acne.

A benefit closely linked to this but not discussed in the article is that exercising helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Regular exercise helps you maintain an even keel in life. If you are the kind of person that gets flare ups during stressful times, then exercise can help mediate the negative effects of stress.

Exercise also helps prevent acne by increasing blood circulation to the skin and flushing out toxins. This gives you healthier skin that can more easily resist acne and signs of aging.

If exercising helps prevent acne, then why do so many people get pimples when they workout a lot? There could be several reasons. Wearing tight clothing when you exercise, for instance, can cause acne and irritation. It’s one thing to flush toxins out of your skin, and another to keep those toxins trapped next to your pores with tight clothing. Choose loose clothing made of fabric that breathes easily.

Another possibility is steroid use. This isn’t to suggest that every muscled person with acne uses steroids, but it is certainly a realistic reason that some people relate intense exercise with acne.


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