(Closed) Blarghh! Working out is good, but now I am breaking out everywhere!

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think your body is just detoxing if you just started working out recently. Are you drinking enough water? If you are working out that hard, you should be drinking a minimum of 3 liters a day. Hhhhmmm… I think this may have something to do with your sleep troubles, too. Working out=sweating=loss of minerals (electrolytes). Water + Minerals.

ETA: You may want to try a multi-vitamin so you can make sure your getting B vitamins and anti-oxidants for your skin. Stress is the #1 factor for breakouts for me.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Sorry, I forgot to tell you the product line I use! I break out easily even though I’m older. I don’t have sensitive skin-just “reactive” skin. I’ve been using Derma-E products. They are all natural and very reasonably priced and they have ingredients like you normally find only in the expensive clinical skincare lines. I bought mine first at Whole Foods but now order them from vitacost.com

Post # 8
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Busy bee

The same thing happened to me – only on my chest.  I found that I have to make sure I shower right after working out (sometimes I lounge around a bit) and I found that using an antibacterial soap has helped.  Some people also say dandfruff shampoos are great cleansers for body acne.

I second the water thing.  As for skincare, I see a derm so he has me using a bunch of stuff (have cystic acne on jawline but have gotten it pretty much under control) inlcuding a benzoyl peroxide wash or the Panoxyl bar – which helps a lot.  I also make sure to moisturize b/c i find if i don’t have enough moisture i break out worse.

That said the best thing I have found when I got cysts is to go straight to the derm.   The first time it happened, I tried lots of other things and the cysts got much worse.  Now my skin is pretty clear with the dr’s help!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I have the same problem – it’s driving me nuts. Just shower as soon as you can, and buy a supply of sports bras so you don’t have to wear the same one twice between washings. I am using a body wash with benzoyl peroxide and a face lotion on my body with salicylic acid in it. It’s definitely helping. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I read in a magazine … Lucky, maybe? … that a good way to combat the chest breakouts is just plain ol’ rubbing alcohol. I’ve tried it for my chest zits and it seems to work. But I don’t have the cystic acne, so that might not work for that. And rubbing alcohol is bound to really dry out your skin after a while.

Is it possible you’re allergic to something in your sports bra? Maybe even your laundry detergent?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Drink lots of water and omigoodness, do NOT use rubbing alcohol! Please! It totally and completely dries your skin out it’s just so bad. It makes you look “crepey” when you get older. Use a body wash with salyic (spelling… I don’t know how to spell it) acid in it. Neutrogena makes a great one and take a shower as SOON as you get home from the gym! If it doesn’t get better after 4 weeks, you might want to go to the dermatologist.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Maybe ditch the sports bra for a week & see if it gets better. Your skin needs to breathe! I get chest-ne whenever I workout in shirts that are really form fitting…

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