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Why does sweat make my acne worsen?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Ask any fiddler and they will tell you that pesky pimples often erupt where their sweaty chin meets the violin rest. Acne comes from plugs of oily sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin. Sweat comes from the eccrine or apocrine glands in your skin. Sometimes the combination of high humidity and increase in perspiration causes pores to plug. Sweat also contains material that bacteria like to feast on, which can worsen acne. So if you tend to be sweat-logged, wash your face after any provocative activity.

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