Exercise Induced Acne – Why Working Out Can Cause Zits


Yes, there is such a problem for dedicated exercisers. But what causes this? Scientists are still uncertain what the exact cause is, but the new following studies have proved evident: Your lymphatic system is controlled by movement and operates best during exercise. The lymphatic system is also known as “the drainage system of the body”. This system consists of lymph nodes & vessels that carry lymph fluid around your body. This amazing system collects waste from tissues and returns it to the blood after it has been purified.

exercise-induced-acneIf the lymph is insufficiently activated, cells swim in their own waste which can block pores. Lymph fluid is a transparent, pale yellow fluid which carries cells that help fight infection. When the blood cells are not able to unload their toxins via the kidneys, they go to the next best eliminative organ: your skin! When bacteria starts to set in the pores, it causes acne. A raised heart rate brought on by exercise also activates your oil-producing sebaceous glands. Several people have over active sebacious glands and when mixed with lymph fluid toxins/bacteria produces blemishes induced by exercise. This condition can creep up on us over a long period of time, which is why persons who never had acne before are suddenly plagued by it, regardless of what age the exerciser is.

Natural Remedies for Acne
Because acne appears on one’s outermost layer, the epidermis, there are natural topical remedies which can be used to the exercisers’ advantage. Most acne treatments tend to dry the skin with chemicals and mass production methods. Organic botanical and herbal extract which use a processing method called “cold pressing” eliminates alcohol content. Some key plant ingredients in acne treatments are Salicylic Acid, derived from Willow Bark and Horse tail extract and Coltsfoot. Salicylic Acid is a natural beta hydroxy acid which exfoliates surface dead skin cells and debris that cause acne. Horsetail extract/Coltsfoot are both known for detoxifying and healing properties. Although there is no quick fix for acne there are treatments which can help to keep the acne at bay once healed. Camphor, a thick oil derived from the wood of the Cnamonum Caphora tree is grown in the Far East. It has been valued for natural remedies since the 12th century. Camphor is now being used to cure acne as a medicinal ingredient which purges skin to remove toxins from the skin. Bentonite is a fine mineral clay used to draw excess oil from the skin. When using products containing this combination of natural ingredients as a daily treatment it has been proven to help with acne induced by exercise without drying the skin.

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Sandy Alcide

Sandy is the leading expert about skin care for the fitness enthusiast. She is the President of the American Athletic Skin Care Association and the Founder of Motion Medica skin care.

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