Can Working Out Be Bad for Your Skin?

The importance of physical fitness is broadcast at us from every corner. There is a good reason for that: regular exercise and a proper diet are key ways to avoid many types of disease, and will both increase the quality and length of your life.

So, aside from the gym fees and having to jog in the rain, there is no downside to working out, right? Actually, there is when it comes to your skin and here are some things to watch out for:

Dry Skin

Dry skin is something that can affect us all, but swimmers are especially vulnerable. Most of us do our laps in pools filled with chlorine and that regular exposure does the damage (it’s also bad for your hair).

Also, as with any workouts, most swimmers like to shower afterward to get that chlorine off. Repeated showers are bad for creating dry skin because of the hot water. Try to use nothing more than warm water if you shower multiple times a week.


If you are concerned about skin care, you already know how the sun can be a major hazard. Runners, hikers, and those who enjoy any kind of outdoor team sports are at risk. Remember to use appropriate types of sunblock to provide protection for the time you spend outside. You can also try and limit your activity to periods of the day when the sun is not as strong.


Most forms of exercise require repetitive forms of motion; if areas of your skin are constantly in contact, you will certainly realize it. Your clothing rubbing against your skin for extended periods can also cause the same trouble.

You can give your skin a break while working out by staying as cool and dry and you can. Those are not normal conditions when exercising, of course, but try to reduce the amount of time you spend in damp clothing. You can limit this issue by going with breathable fabrics.

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