Workout Breakout – Reasons You’re Breaking Out After A Sweat Sesh

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
Workout breakout – Reasons you’re breaking out after a sweat sesh

We exercise to stay fit, healthy and get naturally glowing skin. But what if a good sweat sesh at the gym is making your skin break out? Yes, that’s possible. However, we’re not trying to discourage you from working out or skip your favourite outdoor sport. If you’ve ruled out everything else and feel your workout is the culprit, we’re about to reveal a few gym habits that might be causing workout breakout, here’s how to avoid them...

Before workout

Workout breakout

  • Remove makeup

Get rid of all the dirt, grime and makeup on your skin before working out. During a workout your pores open to release sweat, during this process they can absorb all the dirt and makeup from the surface of your skin and lead to unwanted acne.

Workout breakout

  • Apply matte sunscreen

Most sunscreens can be quite greasy for your skin, especially during a workout. Instead use a formula that gives a matte finish yet protects your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. 

During workout

Workout breakout

  • Remove sweat with a clean towel

Carrying a towel to wipe off all the sweat during a workout is a good hygiene habit, however never use the same towel again without washing it. Also, gently pat the sweat off instead of rubbing it against your skin.

Workout breakout


  • Wipe shared equipment

A lot of equipment that you use at the gym is shared, which means it is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Whenever possible, wipe shared equipment before using and prevent acne-causing bacteria and oil from getting transferred on your skin.

After workout

Workout breakout

  • Shower immediately

Allowing sweat to dry off on your skin can be quite damaging, especially your face. Carry a mild face wash in your gym bag to get rid of all the sweat from your face. You can also change your clothes and bra is you’re prone to bacne.

Workout breakout

  • Exfoliate

Give your body a thorough exfoliation once you get home. Use loofah gloves to get rid of the bacteria and dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin.

Sanya Hamdani

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Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


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