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Prevent Acne by Washing Your Face Before and After Your Workout

Locker Room Beauty Tip: Acne Prevention

It might seem counterintuitive, but to prevent acne it's best to wash your face before your sweat session. Wiping the perspiration off your face when working out means you're pushing the day's grime back into your pores. And we all know clogged pores can turn into big red spots. Sweat itself doesn't clog the pores, but makeup sure can. Wipe your face with a cleansing pad, or wash with a mild cleanser before getting your sweat on. Tack your bangs back and off your forehead too to protect the top of your t-zone.

Since the salt in sweat can aggravate acne-prone skin, it's a good idea to wash your face, chest, and back post-workout, too.

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
I don't usually wash my face before working out because I normally don't have time. I just wash my face right afterwards. I don't work out with makeup on, so that's never really an issue, either.
Angelica Angelica 5 years
I wear Bare Minerals and I have to wash it off before I work out or else my skin freaks out. I use makeup remover wipes from Trader Joes, or just a small bottle of Cetaphil before I do cardio. And I like that I sweat more when I don't have make up on. It makes me feel more productive and detoxed.
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