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Exercise = Pimples???

Here is my problem. After having great skin all my life (I survived high school without acne.) My face is breaking out! Especially on my forehead. I recently started running, which really makes me sweat so I'm wondering, is that what's causing my forehead to develop acne?
My only other idea is: I've started taking essential fatty acids, could that be altering the oil balance in my skin?
Has this happened to anyone else, and did your skin adjust, or did you have to do something to clear it up?

Wed. Jun 7, 6:43pm

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I am a runner too and that did happen to me. It sounds stupid but I went back to Clearasil when washing my face which I used in highschool and it took care of the problem! I didn't dry out my skin like other products did.
Hope that helps, good luck!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 6:50 PM

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Two other possiblities are:

1. Are you wearing sun screen when you run? That could be clogging you up.
2. I did not have acne in HS, but I do have some acne now at 31. My personal opinion is that my skin is better off after I've sweated out all the dirt.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 6:51 PM

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It sounds a little silly but have you tried wearing a headband when you run? It really keeps the sweat from dripping down your face. May help.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 7:14 PM

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This is an odd thing to say--but if you had been smoking and stop, it causes pimples. But hopefully you hadn't been smoking, since it's a nasty habit (that I can only get away from for 3-4 month periods at a time!).

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 10:51 PM

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I've broken out my whole life -- but fortunately the stuff you can use keeps improving. If your adult acne needs a prescription, try azelaic acid (Azelex) -- great stuff, you rub it on once or twice a day.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 11:53 PM

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I see a dermotologist and asked her this very question. She said the working out does not make you break out and, if anything, the endorphins might help your skin. I dont know if I believe her and still wash my face the second Im done running but she probably knows more than I do! :)

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 8:29 AM

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As a verrrry long time sufferer of acne, I reccomend the oxy pads. Before and after you work out. Its perfect, cleans the sweat and dirt off and it leaves you feeling refreshed.

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 9:11 AM

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I'm not a runner, but I do engage in weekly Bikrum Yoga sessions (aka- hot room yoga)-- one of the benifits is the sweating- it cleans and purifys your skin.

I noticed that when I first started the classes I had acne all over (even my back), now that I've kept with it the acne is gone and my skin is clearer than ever. It could be that your body is doing it's own clarification process. I think you should do as the other poster suggested by using a cleanser that with help clean out your pores (your body is trying to do it anyways)- I'm a fan of the antibacterial Noxima. Good Luck!

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 9:56 AM

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Very simple - sunblock, hat or headband are probably clogging your pores.

Sounds gross, but probably when you sweat, the oils and dirt from your hair gets into your pores. Also wiping with your hands too often. I wash my hands before running, and when wiping off the sweat, use the back of my hand, or even my arms or my sleeve. At the gym, immediately after the cardio I go and wash my hands.

Time to time when I do break out, I use Olay Total effects Anti-aging, Anti-blemish. That stuff is potent! expensive but is worth it.

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 10:54 AM

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do you use any hair products at all? hairspray, gel, mouse, pomades, even some shampoos and conditioners all leave a residue on your hair/skin and while exercise in itself won't cause acne, while running the products you use may drip down from your hair line and get lodged in your pores. wash your face immediately after you run, change out of sweaty clothes immediately and wearing some type of sweatband should help too.

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 1:47 PM

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