When we exercise we end up covered in sweat which is mixed with dirt and potentially, other peoples germs. We exercise to make ourselves feel good and benefit our internal systems. It helps us to keep our weight under control, and gets the blood moving, keeping our skin looking vibrant.

The only downside of working out can be the post workout breakout from the sweat.

But is it the exercise doing it?

One study had a look into whether exercise played a large factor in post workout breakouts. Groups that did exercise five days a week versus those who did not, wound up with clogged pores, however it did not have anything to do with exercise, time of sweating or the interval between shower and exercise.

Sweat is actually good for your skin, and will not play a massive factor in post workout breakouts. Restrictive and tight clothing may cause irritable skin while spreading bacteria into pores. Loose clothing may be your best choice in the gym.

5 Tips to Avoid a Post workout breakout

Workout without makeup. Cleanse skin before hand, apply a non-clogging moisturiser, and go bare to be sure makeup ingredients don’t clog your pores.

Keep your hands away from your face. Your hands touch exercise equipment, which likely has bacteria on it. Try to keep your hands away from your skin until you clean up after your workout.

Cleanse after your workout. Though the study above noted that it didn’t matter when participants washed off sweat, cleansing after a workout is a good idea in case you collected any bacteria on your skin. Exercise equipment, your hands, and cloths used to sop up sweat can all be sources of bacteria.

Exfoliate more often. If you’re sweating and washing regularly, step up your exfoliation and see if that helps. Dry skin brushing can be helpful.

Exercise in a cooler environment. Try walking or jogging in the cool hours of the morning or evening, or swimming.