3 Common Exercise-Related Skin Problems You Should Know About

There’s no denying that any form of physical activity has tons of benefits — from boosting one’s stamina to helping you sleep better. Here at our Ohio laser cosmetics practice, we have received several visits from women who complain about their skin woes resulting from their regular workouts.

Read on below to learn more about these common exercise-related skin problems and what you can do to avoid them the next time you hit the gym or the outdoors for your next workout.

1. Excessively red, burning, and stinging skin.

This problem is quite common among women who have rosacea, a skin condition characterized by extreme redness in the cheeks, nose, forehead, neck, and the rest of the body. This has to do with broken capillaries which makes skin flushing very apparent. The heat produced during exercise can act as a trigger for rosacea and may appear worse when combined with sweat. 

It may be best to avoid other triggers before you exercise such as drinks with caffeine, spicy foods, and skin care products that are non-hypoallergenic.

2. Unwanted freckles, brown spots, and sunburn.

While it’s easy to apply sunscreen while exercising outdoors, no existing sunscreen is totally sweat-proof. For women who love the outdoors, we encourage them to avoid going outside during peak UV hours ( 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). In addition, it may be best to spend less time around snow, water, sand when exercising as all three tend to reflect sunlight, that is you are exposed not only from above but also from below. While there is no sunscreen that is sweat-proof, you can choose to sunscreen products that are sweat-resistant!

3. Exercised-induced allergies and hives.

As your body temperature rises when you exercise, a corresponding increase in your white blood cells also occurs — mast cells to be specific. When these mast cells release histamine, they  are responsible for the common allergic symptoms such as difficulties in breathing, hives, and low blood pressure. 

Oral antihistamines may be taken before exercise. However, it may be best to check with your doctor first.

If you’re currently experiencing the aforementioned or any other skin problems brought about by exercise, get in touch with us for a personal consultation! Call us at 440.639.3223 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to helping you!

 

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