Summer will be here before we know it and many of us are starting to hit the gym more frequently in preparation. It’s important to keep in mind that between sweat and shared equipment, there is ample opportunity to run into skin trouble from exercising. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your skin healthy at the gym:
- Wear loose, breathable clothing that keeps your skin dry while exercising. Exercising in the wrong clothing can lead to folliculitis, which presents as pesky bumps on your skin.
- Make sure to bring extra shoes for the shower! If you go barefoot in the locker room, you are exposing yourself to the virus that can cause warts. While we can treat warts on the feet in the office, it’s best to avoid picking them up in the first place.
- Bring your own yoga mat. Wiping down a shared mat with a disinfectant wipe is also acceptable, but if you have your own mat, it’s always better to bring it and avoid the possibility of spreading infection through shared equipment.
- If you have acne-prone skin, throw a pack of salicylic acid wipes in your gym bag. A quick wipe of the acne-prone area will help to prevent sweat from clogging up your pores.
Lauren Sundick, PA-C, is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina location.