STOP!! Don’t give up on that new exercise regime you started in earnest as part of your New Year’s resolutions… exercise has been shown to be good for everything from weight control to mood stability to disease prevention, but did you know that it’s also great for acne prevention? Here’s how…
It makes you sweat.
When you sweat, your body is ridding itself of some of what can clog your pores and consequently cause acne. Just remember once you’ve sweated yourself out, take a shower immediately after your workout to prevent your pores reclogging and causing breakouts.
It tones your muscles.
If your muscles are toned, the skin on top is going to look that much better. The stronger and firmer your muscles are, dermatologist Sandra M. Johnson told EverydayHealth, “the more support your skin will have, and the more firm and elastic it will appear.”
It increases oxygen and blood flow.
“Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin,” dermatologist Ellen Marmur told WebMD. Marmur added that in addition to carrying oxygen through the body, blood flow helps carry waste products away from those same working cells. Although exercise may not exactly detoxify the body – that’s more the job of the liver – it “helps flush cellular debris out of the system,” she said.
It eases stress.
It’s widely known that exercise can make you cool down, so to speak. Few studies have linked stress to skin health, but who hasn’t experienced their acne flaring up or other skin condition worsening because of stress? According to WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, stress can increase the production of oil in the skin as well as boost the production of the hormone cortisol, which can – among other things – suppress the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
It makes you glow.
As you exercise, your body is producing more of those healthy oils that make skin look more healthy and supple, EverydayHealth said. Just don’t forget to cleanse your body and face immediately after a workout session to prevent breakouts.