Working out is great. It produces endorphins to keep your spirits high, helps you tone up your body and gives your skin a healthy glow. But on the flip side, if you don’t have a good post-workout cleansing routine or are perpetually procrastinating when it comes to cleaning your yoga mat, you may find yourself getting breakouts after a session at the gym. Here are some tips to make sure your exercise routine doesn’t trigger nasty zits.

  1. Make sure your skin is squeaky clean
    It’s not just your makeup that has to go. Unless you’re exercising outdoors, even your sunscreen and any residual moisturiser on your face should be removed too. When combined with perspiration, these products can react with the oil and bacteria on your skin to clog your pores. So even if you’re pressed for time, make sure you use a makeup remover wipe to get rid of everything before you start.

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  1. Clean your gym equipment regularly
    Let’s be real, how often do you clean your yoga mat? It’s constantly in contact with sweat and dust, which makes it a breeding ground for germs. Wipe it down with a mixture of water and white vinegar (in equal proportions) after each session to make sure it’s not the cause of your breakouts. Aside from yoga mats, it’s good to regularly clean your gym bag (just think of all the sweaty clothes you throw in it all the time!) and shoes too.
  2. Wiping your sweat off the wrong way
    Toweling all the sweat off is a great feeling, but rubbing too hard can irritate your skin too. Instead, gently pat a clean towel on your skin and cleanse your face thoroughly after working out to prevent bacteria and dirt from causing inflammations.

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