by: Dr. Michael Rich, enRich Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Centre
When undertaking excessive amounts of exercise there are several preventative steps that one can undertake to reduce skin irritations and infections.
• Always try and avoid makeup, foundation, thick moisturisers and oily preparations as these will block the skin and clog the pores.
• Avoid restrictive clothing. These garments increase levels of perspiration, which can lead to rashes, infection of sweat glands, hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Instead try and use clothing that has breathability technology.
• If prone to acne or rashes, carry a small moist towel to wipe sweat away whilst working out. After working out, use a larger towel to wipe sweat off if not showering immediately.
• Do not put feet where others do, even for one second, as this can severely increase the risk of catching tinea/warts.
• Areas of the body where skin meets skin (armpits, groin, breasts) are prone to sweating and can generate yeast and bacterial infections. Cleanse and elevate during exercise or wear clothing open to ventilation.
• Some individuals can get exercise-induced HIVES that can either be mild or severe. If severe, take antihistamine 30 minutes prior work out.
• Always ensure that sun protection is implemented when exercising outdoors, to reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
• Swimming pool chlorine can dry and irritate the skin, especially those individuals prone to dry skin or other skin diseases. In these situations one can use an oily preparation to protect skin such as Vaseline.
About the author
Dr Michael Rich is one of Australia’s leading experts in Cosmetic Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Rich has founded the state of the art enRich clinic in Melbourne, also consulting to clinics and hospitals throughout Australia. You can visit his site at www.mrich.com.au.
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