Running errands in the same clothes you wore that morning for your workout seems harmless, doesn’t it? While it surely does get all your work done in one trip, saving you a lot of time, your skin definitely hates this and wishes you would stop. Keeping your gym clothes on long after your sweat sesh can invite a wide range of skin issues and here’s why you should avoid it…

Back acne
 

Back acne

'Bacne' aka back acne is a common skin condition among sports enthusiasts and people who are always on the run. A lot of factors are responsible for this skin problem, the most common being – staying in sweaty clothes for a long time. The fabric of your active wear also plays an important role here as friction caused due to ill-fitting clothes and the wrong fabric can lead to bacne as well.

Chafing
 

Chafing

Clothes that are not washed and dried completely are laden with bacteria and sweat released from your skin and can cause some serious skin irritation and chafing. Moisture is the biggest factor responsible for chafing, change your clothes immediately after sweating it out and apply a talc free powder to your inner thigh area to avoid chafing.

Infections
 

Infections

Gym is a common breeding ground for germs and bacteria, and most of them are disease inducing. It is very easy for germs and bacteria to get on your clothes, causing rashes and infections. The best way to avoid this is by changing your clothes, taking a quick shower and cleaning your hands with soap. Running errands with sweaty clothes on will only transfer these germs around and also be responsible for a lot of skin infections.

Athlete’s foot
 

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is an infection on the feet caused by fungi that usually becomes sore, inflamed and itchy. It thrives in moist, warm environments and walking around in your sweaty socks and shoes is a good enough reason for anyone to get this infection. It is also contagious and can spread through skin contact, therefore change your footwear as soon as you get home and avoid walking barefoot in public changing rooms.