Post-Gym Acne Blues

Find yourself breaking out after the gym? Not to worry, this is a common issue! As with all skin issues, there are many factors as well as ways to prevent acne from occurring.

SWEAT

Dr. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, founder and owner of The Dermatology & Laser Group in NYC confirms, “although sweat itself doesn’t usually cause the most typical forms of acne, sometimes our sweat can mix with bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus (staph bacteria) and certain types of yeast called pityrosporum and cause inflamed follicles that can appear as acne-like lesions on our face and torso.” 

And back! If you’ve been hitting the gym hard lately, and find that your back is breaking out – invest in a long handle back brush for the shower. This will help you reach and exfoliate the pores that are getting clogged and breaking out.

DIRTY SHEETS

If you go to the gym in the evenings after work, the only thing you’re thinking about when you finally make it home is eating and going to bed. DON’T. You need to rinse and save your sheets the harassment of your sweaty, salty body! The sweat and bacteria doesn’t just “go away” – it continues to grow and smell and could be one reason you’re having acne issues

And THINK about. If you’re trying to impress the guy or gal you’re seeing – letting them lay their clean body in your dirty sheets is NOT the way to do it.    

DIRTY EQUIPMENT 

Although you’d hope most gyms do their very best to keep their equipment, yoga mats, and bathrooms clean – it’s still a gym. People are continuously bringing germs and bacteria from the outside, then sweating and on top of that….not always wiping down the equipment after use. It happens!

The lesson here: stop touching your face when working out.

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Exfoliating…..your chest?

Suns out – buns out! Time to show off those bodies we worked so hard on all winter! Fellas, are your pecs perky and ready to shine? Here’s what you need to know about shaving your chest at home

Let’s start from the top:

What is exfoliation?

“Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells in order to leave behind smoother skin cells. One way to exfoliate is to use a face scrub to buff away oil, dirt, and old cells that might be matting down facial hair and blocking your razor’s path. But the act of shaving itself also exfoliates dead skin cells” via Gillette.

How to Exfoliate

Because there’s a large surface area on the chest – this may be easier done while taking a shower (as opposed to the bathroom sink). To exfoliate chest skin, first, allow water to run over the chest area. This will loosen dry and/or dead skin. 

Then, apply your exfoliating cream in a circular motion. Be gentle! Some creams are more abrasive than others, as they are literally designed to scrape away dead skin.

Lastly, rinse

TIPS FOR CHEST SHAVE

  • TRIM. If this is your first time shaving your chest, it is important to know that you must first trim down your chest hair. Attempting to shave it while at full length will cause electric razors to clog. 
  • Rinse your blade often!
  • Don’t forget to MOISTURIZE afterwards
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How To: Cool Down

We may be in for another hot summer! Did you know you can put more than just your face mask in the refrigerator for a cool down?

  • Face Mask

Cold face masks feel great! They constrict blood vessels and help decrease the swelling bags under your eyes.

  • Eyeliner

Apparently, chilled eyeliner can assist in creating those precise, beautiful lines we all desire!

  • Nail Polish

According to Into The Gloss, “while keeping nail polishes in the fridge can also make them last longer, the cold temperatures cause the polish to “phase-separate.” Phase-separation occurs when the water in nail polish separates from the other chemicals, resulting in clumpy polish. In order to return your polish to its original consistency, take it out of the fridge, shake the bottle, and wait for the polish to acclimate to room temperature. It should then spread evenly and smoothly on your nail (but it’s up to you to decide if preserving your polish for a few extra weeks is worth the hassle).

  • Aloe Vera

If you’ve ever had a sunburn – you probably already know about this!

No room in your kitchen refrigerator? 

Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler

According to Christina Butan with InStyle, “the difference between storing skincare products in a fridge like the Amazon-loved Cooluli microfridge, as opposed to your regular kitchen refrigerator, is that the temperature you use to keep food cold can actually be too low for beauty products. If the temperature gets too low, they could end up freezing, which causes active ingredients in the products to break down. The Cooluli fridge’s temperature is just cool enough for a small batch of beauty items, but not as cold as your kitchen fridge.”

 

 

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