Caring for your skin at the gym Caring for your skin at the gym

Caring for your skin at the gym

Armony in health 15 February, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Wearing the wrong clothing or not adhering to basic hygiene practices at the gym can cause unwanted skin issues. If not treated on time, these can develop into more complex dermatological problems.

The first step to avoiding these problems is to use the right clothing, which is just as important as staying hydrated while you exercise. Julie Dubois, a professional trainer from the U.S., offers the following recommendations for workout attire:

  • Oversized shirts or workout pants create friction, causing skin to turn red or even chafe.
  • Do not use small undergarments. This applies especially to women. In some cases, small undergarments can cause urinary tract infections.
  • Use clothes that are specific for exercising in and maintain proper hygiene. The wrong athleticwear absorbs sweat and does not dry easily, which can cause irritation and odors that take several washes to get out.

According to a study published by the American Society for Microbiology, athleticwear that is not breathable promotes the growth of bacteria. The recommendation is to use synthetic fibers and special materials that can wick moisture away from the body.

Another issue that is often forgotten are germs that cuase infections, rashes and fungus. To prevent these from occurring, as recommended by Dr. Mehmet Oz on the Sharecare webpage, take a thorough shower and dry off with a clean, dry towel. Remember that every gym has disinfectants on hand that should be used before and after using exercise equipment.

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