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Tips So You Can Exercise Despite Skin Conditions

Posted 09/18/2015 | By HealthCorps

If you have a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis you may not want to exercise. Wearing skimpy clothes can showcase areas of your body afflicted with an unsightly rash, making you feel self-conscious. Getting hot or sweating during exercise can exacerbate the skin condition, making already raw areas even more itchy or painful. You may worry that other gym members will hesitate to use a machine that you’ve just finished using, for fear they can catch your skin condition.

If you have psoriasis then swimming in a pool can minimize sweating and body heat. Simply cover affected areas with a layer of Vaseline or mineral oil so the chlorine in the pool does not irritate the patches of psoriasis. You can also invest in a full bodysuit if you are very self-conscious. If you want to work out in a gym, or take a class, consider wearing loose clothing so you experience less friction. Mineral oil or petroleum jelly on patches of affected skin can prevent chafing. Whatever exercise you choose, shower right after your work out and gently pat skin dry. Then apply any medicated creams your doctor has recommended.

If you suffer with rosacea, a skin condition characterized by redness, red bumps, pimples and visible blood vessels, mostly on a person’s face. Vigorous exercise, especially when your heart rate becomes elevated can cause flare-ups. Consider breaking your exercise routine into two or three shorter experiences during the day. If you suffer with rosacea, try low impact exercise, and take longer breaks between sets when you work out with weights to avoid sweating profusely. Keep a cool damp towel handy and apply it to your face and the back of your neck periodically. Keep a fan on and stay in front of the fan’s breeze. Work out indoors during hot summer months and make sure the room is kept cool.

It’s also easy to get fungal infections, especially on your feet or in your groin area, when you are an avid exerciser. Try to find exercise wear that wicks sweat away. Wear synthetic socks and put anti-fungal powder in your socks and shoes before you put them on. Wipe down exercise mats you intend to use with anti-microbial wipes. Air out your shoes after use and make sure they are completely dry before you wear them again. Shower immediately once you finish your exercises.

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