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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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