Exercise is great for your skin. Not only does it help reduce stress, it also improves blood flow and helps guarantee that your body gives your skin the resources it needs to stay healthy. Unfortunately, too much exercise can cause you to break out. In order to keep your skin clear, it is important to understand why fitness enthusiasts are more likely have exercise related acne.
Most cases of fitness related acne are caused by dietary supplements. Protein powders, pre-workout mixes and even vitamin pills are often loaded with chemicals that are likely to trigger acne. Protein shakes are especially liable to cause breakouts due to their use of processed milk products. Whey protein is full of acne-causing ingredients. Since whey shakes are specifically formulated to offer as much protein as possible, you are almost guaranteed to break out if you consume whey protein on a regular basis.
Whey isn’t the only unsafe kind of protein. For some people, soy protein seems to cause an increase in acne as well. It is suspected that this is due to soy interacting with thyroid function, which then leads to increased levels of acne-causing chemicals in the skin.
Your protein shakes are not the only place you might be ingesting substances that are not so great for your skin. Look for iodine, potassium iodine, refined salts and biotin in any supplements you plan on using. All of these chemicals are linked to acne. Be sure to do your research and try alternative supplements that are safer for your skin.
When it comes to protein, pea, egg and hemp sources are all perfectly safe. Consider looking towards whole foods for more of your protein as well. You can get a big boost of protein and a healthy dose of omega-3 acids just by consuming more fish!
Acne Mechanica is a type of acne common in athletes, students and exercise fanatics. The cause is often due to excessive heat, friction or rubbing of your skin. It can occur anywhere on the body, including your face.
Some of the most common causes are:
· Chin straps
· Shoulder pads/gear
· Tight clothing or bras
For treatment and prevention make sure you follow these easy steps:
· Take a shower as soon as possible following your exercise or sweating. Ideally, 5-15 minutes.
· Use a cleanser or body wash that contains mandelic acid, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to break down sweat and grime.
· Avoid wearing tight fitting hats, helmet or headband for longer than required.
By carefully considering your shakes and supplements you will be able to exercise without any worry of acne breakouts. With just a little bit of work, you will be able to keep your body looking great while maintaining a wonderful complexion.
Written by Leah LaVanway