Does exercise affect acne?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

Yes, exercise can affect acne in two ways, one good, and one not so good. Exercise stimulates blood flow which nourishes the skin. Exercise can also help you be in better touch with your body which can lead to healthier eating habits and consumption of less junk food. The down side of exercise is that sweating can promote acne because the sweat mixes with oils and bacteria on the skin causing breakouts. It is important to wash your face when done exercising. This will prevent the bacteria in the sweat from promoting breakouts. If you don't have time for a shower splash a witch hazel based astringent on your face till you can bathe.

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