Spring training: athletes and pimples

Many athletes find that they get more pimples during spring training than during the rest of the year. There are various reasons that this could happen. For instance, frequent exercise  could encourage your sebaceous glands to produce more oils. This clogs your pores and leads to acne. Fortunately, this problem is pretty easy to counter. You can just use a body wash designed to prevent acne by unclogging pores and reducing skin oil.

At other times, though, athletes mistake rashes and irritated pores for acne.

Using body acne washes on these skin conditions will probably not have a positive effect. It probably won’t hurt you, unless you’re allergic to salicylic acid (a common ingredient found in acne washes), but it probably won’t eliminate the problem either.

Instead, you should consider what causes the “pimples.” A lot of times, the skin irritation comes from equipment that doesn’t fit properly. Football players, in particular, can have problems with this because they wear so many pads to protect them during games. If you find that you have irritated skin that reoccurs in a certain area, then check your equipment to make sure it isn’t rubbing there. You might not have body acne at all.

In other cases, heat causes irritated pores. This is especially problematic for athletes with sensitive skin. Just because you’re tough on the field doesn’t mean that your skin doesn’t want some pampering. Try using a non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your  skin healthy. If the problem persists after trying acne body washes and moisturizers, then you might want to consider visiting a dermatologist. He or she should know how to identify the problem and tell you what treatments options will work well.

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