Did you know that approximately 85% of Australian’s suffer with acne at some stage during their life? Once you’ve outgrown your teens, you may think you’re done with unsightly spots but pimples can emerge for a huge variety of reasons such as stress, hormonal changes, pollution, and using the wrong products on your skin.
But did you know running could be responsible for your break out? The medical term for Runner’s Acne is ‘acne mechanica’. When sweating, continual friction, blocked skin pores from sunscreen, and gym grime meet, it triggers inflamed hair follicles which in turn result in acne flare-ups.
Unlike the spots of your teenage years, Runner’s Acne is normally found on parts of the body where clothing or headbands, wrist bands and fitbits are usually located. If you are prone to getting spotty, you may be more prone to breaking out when running.
Ways to avoid Runner’s Acne?
- Make sure you take off all your gear as soon as you have finished working out in them. Wash your clothes, clean any sweat bands, and the back of your wearable technology.
- Choose active wear which minimises friction and doesn’t rub again your skin.
- Shower immediately after exercise.
- Avoid wearing clothing which rubs against your skin during exercise and ensure you shower or bath straight after exercising and change into clean clothing and remove your makeup straight away
- Consult a dermatologist