Work out, break out?
Exercising can give you a hot bod but also skin probs. “If you build muscle or lose fat, your hormone balance shifts, which may cause issues that weren’t there before,” says dermatologist Jessica Krant, MD. Here’s help for the ick. Such a bummer. Use a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide, like Neutrogena Clear Pore Daily Scrub (available at leading supermarkets), and clean with a back brush, says Tina West, MD, a dermatologist in Maryland. For persistent pimples, see your derm for an antibiotic, in- office “back facial,” or light chemical peel. “Many athletes have very dry skin due to frequent bathing… and for swimmers, exposure to chlorine,” says Dr. West. Use a moisturizer with lactic acid, such as Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion and Cream. It penetrates th the top layer of skin, so the lotion’s moisturizing effect is more effective. Sweat plus friction can spell disaster for your bikini line (and underarms). Shave at the start of your shower, suggests Dr. Krant. Hairs won’t have time to swell, so they’re less likely to shrink up under skin after. Treat red spots with ointments and creams that contain acetylsalicylic acid to relieve irritation.