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Skin problems one of athletes’ biggest complaints

June 8, 2012 by Works with Water

Can a skin problems such as acne, eczema and heat rash affect an Olympic athlete’s performance?

According to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center it can indeed. They looked at sports related skin problems by Olympic sports–from swimmers and runners to beach volleyball and football–and found that skin conditions can become so chronic they can indeed reduce performance.

“Any chronic skin infection that is moderately severe will lead to a lot of irritation and chronic pain which can impair your ability to play”

Dr. Malik said.

Heat rash can usually be treated with a cold compress or over the counter ointments but Dr. Malik said acne and eczema can become so troublesome they need to be treated with medications–and even that can be tricky.

“It’s a bit of a challenge,”

Dr. Malik said.

“They have to find a product that is medicated to treat their acne but still gentle enough not to make their eczema worse.”

Dr. Malik tells athletic patients to work out before 10:00 a.m., wear loose clothing and shower right after exercising.

And we would of course also advise athletes who suffer from acne to try out help: clear skin as it helps boost the body’s natural defences, whilst  limiting the growth of acne bacteria, reducing the appearance of blemishes and speeding up the skin’s innate healing process!

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