Written by Dr. Tarryn Jacobs
There is no shortage of health benefits when it comes to exercise. Working out regularly benefits our lungs, heart and mental health however its effects on the skin are often overlooked. Maintaining Fitness & Skin Health – Dr. Tarryn Jacobs
Regular exercise has several positive benefits for our skin.
- It improves blood circulation all over and this includes the skin cells. That increase in circulation dilates blood vessels, which brings more nutrients and oxygen to support skin cells. Good circulation is also important to carry away free radicals and cell by-products that can damage the skin.
- Exercise has also been shown to reduce stress. There is plenty of evidence to show that many inflammatory skin conditions (e.g. acne, eczema, psoriasis) can be triggered by stress so reducing stress levels is important in dealing with these conditions.
Regular exercise can, however, create a few problems for skin too. There are several common skin concerns that exercise can cause including acne and fungal infections.
The accumulation of sweat, oil, and dirt can promote breakouts, especially around your chest, face, and back. A condition called folliculitis can also occur, which is an infection of the hair follicle caused by the same issues.
My top tips when it comes to maintaining exercise and maintaining your skin health:
1. Always wash your face post-workout.
Don’t wear makeup to the gym, and I recommend cleansing with a gentle wipe or cleanser to remove bacteria and sweat residue that has accumulated during your workout.
2. Prevent sun damage.
Whether you’re outside or indoors, you’re exposed to UV rays. Since you will likely be sweating too its important to look for a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen that offers water resistance. Maintaining Fitness & Skin Health – Dr. Tarryn Jacobs
3. Protect from environmental exposures.
People with active lifestyles require a skincare routine that will help protect their skin from issues like increased sun exposure and sensitivity as well as other environmental aggressors like pollution.
For that reason, it would be good to look into using a well-formulated antioxidant serum which will protect against environmental damage induced by factors such as UV rays, infrared radiation, visible light and also harmful ground ozone.
All of these exposures are proven to lead to premature skin ageing, so incorporating antioxidants in your skincare routine helps to protect the skin from future damage.
More on Dr. Tarryn Jacobs…
Dr Tarryn Jacobs (MBChB , FC Derm Cum Laude , MMED Derm Cum Laude) qualified from the University of Pretoria in 2008 before specialising in Dermatology.
She completed her specialist training at the University of Pretoria graduating as a Fellow of the College of Dermatologists with distinction as well as obtaining her Master’s degree in Dermatology with distinction. She was awarded the Peter Gordon-Smith award for excellent academic achievement.
She is working in private practice and is also an Honorary consultant dermatologist at Steve Biko Hospital and part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria.
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Maintaining Fitness & Skin Health – Dr. Tarryn Jacobs