As May is Walking Awareness Month, it’s an interesting opportunity to discuss whether exercise can actually help clear acne. There are many benefits to exercising, from improving mental clarity and reducing anxiety through to improving your circulation and bone density. But what about when it comes to our skin?
Many of us know from first-hand experience that when we exercise our skin can become red, inflamed and irritated. Sometimes a workout can even be followed by an increase in spots and an acne breakout. But instead of focusing on the ways exercise might negatively impact your skin, we wanted to take a look at whether exercise can actually help to clear acne and improve overall skin condition.
The psychological benefits of exercise are well-known and scientifically-proven because working out your body works out your mind too. Exercise produces feel-good hormones called endorphins. These chemicals that are released when we exercise deliver many benefits from helping us to sleep better, improving our mood and even reducing anxiety. All of these things in turn can reduce acne, clear your skin and help prevent future breakouts.
Check out this blog post if you’re interested in finding out more about the link between stress and acne.
As well as the benefits for your mind, it’s no secret that exercise benefits your body too. Physical activity increases your blood flow, which improves circulation, sends more oxygen to your skin cells and promotes cell regeneration. The more oxygen your skin cells have, the more replenished and healthy they’ll be and the more they’ll be able to get rid of waste, helping to reduce bacteria and maintain healthy skin.
Many believe that sweating directly leads to spots. Although this can be the case if sweat is left on your skin for a long time or it mixes with dirty exercise clothes and towels, it can actually be really good for the condition of your skin and can play a part in preventing acne. This is because sweating can clear clogged pores, reducing the likelihood that acne will develop and leaving your skin looking refreshed and glowing.
If you look after your body properly before and after your walk or workout by keeping yourself hydrated and choosing food to fuel your body, then your skin will definitely benefit from your exercise routine. In the past we’ve explored the ways that staying hydrated and choosing a diet filled with lots of vegetables, good fats and lean meats can actually get rid of acne. This is because a healthy diet can reduce acne inflammation, stop your body from producing so much sebum and help your body to rid itself of toxins.
Complement your exercise routine by adding our help: clear skin and help: clear skin MEN soluble supplements to your post-workout shake. These 100% natural powder formulations can be conveniently added to any kind of beverage, from a protein shake to a simple bottle of water. Both products contain PravENAC™, which is our proprietary formula of ingredients that are scientifically-proven to reduce the development of bacteria responsible for acne.
Interested in finding out more about how you can make your workout work for you and your skin? Click the link to read our guide to prevent acne from ruining your workout.