The following article was featured in the August 2014 edition of TCW magazine:
While we prepare for acne flares from the extreme heat and excess sweat, it’s important to note that sweat does not cause acne. It’s all that grime, bacteria and oil buildup on your face that sticks to moist skin and leads to clogged pores. Make sure you remove dirt, bacteria and oil buildup after sweating by cleansing your skin. Avoid scrubbing, because this irritation can cause acne to flare. A good cleanser like our own SpaFusion 10% Moisturizing Cleanser (glycolic) contains the helpful Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), while helps exfoliate the skin. If you’re on the run, SpaFusion Ultraclear AHA pads provide a quick wipe down. Both are designed for all skin types.
Sweating and friction can case flares as well, so make sure you wear loose clothing and wipe down all equipment after you work out. For stubborn acne, make sure you follow up with a dermatologist, for it may be yeast or another form of bacteria that is infecting your skin. Also, remember to protect your skin with a good SPF; there are many non-comedogenic (non-clogging) on the market. Although you may feel the sun makes the acne better, in the end it can lead to acne flare and, worst of all, it can cause skin cancer.
-Renata M. Block, PA-C, Pinski Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, S.C.