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Are athletes susceptible to skin problems?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many skin problems are common in athletes. Sometimes the trouble comes from sports equipment, such as helmets, shoulder pads, or headbands that rub against the skin. This can lead to acne mechanica, a form of acne triggered by heat, pressure, and friction. Athletes who exercise outdoors may be prone to sun damage if they don't protect their skin with sunscreen. Fungal infections are also common in athletes. The tinea fungus can be spread in locker rooms and public showers and may cause an itchy, red rash on the feet (athlete's foot) or in the groin area (jock itch). Talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to protect your skin when you exercise.

The athletes who participate in sports that subject them to exposure to the elements are more prone to skin problems that arise from this exposure. Frostbite, sun burn, wind burn, and injuries from falling and sliding on the ground (snow, sand, road, gravel, field) must receive appropriate care. 

Athletes can protect their skin from frostbite and sun burn by using appropriate protective clothing and lotions. 

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