Has working out ever made you break out on your FACE?

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    Mar 27, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    I've been battling some kind of facial infection for about a year and a half now. The FIFTH dermatologist that I'm seeing now (clinical dermatologist at UCLA) says it looks like adult acne. It itches, burns, stings, and pusses orange/yellow/mustard color when I scratch it.

    So lately I got sick and although the bumps have gotten a little better on my face lately, they almost completely disappeared. But the day I went back to the gym to work out I broke out again! I hadn't gone to the gym in 2 weeks, and this was the first time I had gone that long.

    So I'm thinking now my face break out could be one of three things from noticing it's correlation with going to the gym:

    1. There's some kind of bacteria at the gym that's just fucking with my face
    2. I'm allergic to something there's spraying or cleaning with at the gym
    3. Working out in and of itself suddenly is making my face break out...is this a condition that even exists?

    Has anyone else had an issue similar to mine before?
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    Mar 27, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Try working out at home for a couple weeks to eliminate (or prove) #3.
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    Mar 27, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    Maybe you need to drink more water? Helps flush out all the dirt, oil, and LA smog from your pores. And don't touch your face while you're working out.
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    Mar 27, 2011 10:32 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidTry working out at home for a couple weeks to eliminate (or prove) #3.


    I've been working out only at LA Fitness. I have membership to 24 hour so I'm switching to that gym for a couple of weeks and see what happens. It's just hard cuz the people at 24 hour are ugly. icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 27, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
    Maybe this might be your problem..http://www.acnemythsetc.com/does_exercise_have_any_impact_on_acne.html

    You should check with your dermatologist to make sure he agrees with this article or if he believes another problem is causing the outbreaks
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    Mar 27, 2011 12:05 PM GMT
    3 days straight on the elliptical and BAM ! 2 zits above my left eye that look like an ocular vampire got me...icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 27, 2011 12:21 PM GMT
    I had this problem too..... Part of mine came from stupid amounts of stress and the other came from working out, the other part came from food, my gym has a sauna in it, and now after my workout i go and sit in it for a while until i sweat all over, then straight away go and have a cool shower, surprisingly this helped!

    The workout releases a chemical in your body that acts as an anti inflammatory, the sauna forces sweat to clean out the pores of the skin, and the shower washes these away! BUT if you try this, also drink LOTS of water, and ENSURE you dont leave it any more than about 10 mins before you shower because the skin may re-absorb the toxins which just got forced out!

    and eat less crappy food.... im going for mostly raw food now which has been a godsend!

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    Mar 27, 2011 12:50 PM GMT
    Wow AussieMe, sounds like we're having the same issues almost. Do you know the kind of doctor I can see that understands how this process works? Unfortunately dermatologists, at least the ones I've seen, are like "uh I dunno about that" whenever I mention ANY possible interaction with my skin that has nothing to do with my skin, such as neurological influences, hormones, etc.
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    Mar 27, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidI've been battling some kind of facial infection for about a year and a half now. The FIFTH dermatologist that I'm seeing now (clinical dermatologist at UCLA) says it looks like adult acne. It itches, burns, stings, and pusses orange/yellow/mustard color when I scratch it.

    So lately I got sick and although the bumps have gotten a little better on my face lately, they almost completely disappeared. But the day I went back to the gym to work out I broke out again! I hadn't gone to the gym in 2 weeks, and this was the first time I had gone that long.

    So I'm thinking now my face break out could be one of three things from noticing it's correlation with going to the gym:

    1. There's some kind of bacteria at the gym that's just fucking with my face
    2. I'm allergic to something there's spraying or cleaning with at the gym
    3. Working out in and of itself suddenly is making my face break out...is this a condition that even exists?

    Has anyone else had an issue similar to mine before?


    If your dermatologists have ruled out infectious (by culturing the pus to see if any atypical bacteria/fungi grow) and neurological (by referring you to a neurologist) conditions, you could consider visiting an allergist.
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    Mar 27, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    Use a soap with salicylic acid and make sure you shower immediately after a sweaty workout. Do not scrub either. That just irritates it more and don't pick at it either. You do NOT want a staph infection. I had it on my jawline and on my neck (two large brazil nut shaped pus filled nodules) and it ain't fun.

    My derm doc also told me to take 25000 IU of Vitamin A a day to dry out skin. I questioned him on the safety of taking that daily amount and he said that more than 30000 IU is too high. I am not in any way, shape, or form advising you on doing this so check with your derm doc about taking supplements. The vitamin A for me decreases my oily volume.

    Again, just telling you my regimen and what I do. good luck.
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    Mar 27, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    dsmith123 said

    If your dermatologists have ruled out infectious (by culturing the pus to see if any atypical bacteria/fungi grow) and neurological (by referring you to a neurologist) conditions, you could consider visiting an allergist.


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    Mar 27, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    MarriedAdam said3 days straight on the elliptical and BAM ! 2 zits above my left eye that look like an ocular vampire got me...icon_rolleyes.gif


    ...must have been a far sited vamp missing your throat by that much!
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 27, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    Have you been intimate with any foreign guys lately? I dunno, I guess I should stop watching that tv show HOUSE, but if you start peeing green then you need a total bone transfusion stat!
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    Mar 27, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    On a more serious note, is it excruciating pain? If you itch it does it feel like a web of pain wipes across your face? I had something like that, which is related to herpes and chicken pox. It hides dormant in your nerves until your immune system is weak enough for it to attack the nervous system. Herpes/chicken pox feeds off of an amino acid arginine, which is a popular NO supplement.

    Mine went away by avoiding stress, taking lysine, and taking herbs that support the immune system. Time is critical because this type of infection can cause permanent nerve damage.
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    Mar 27, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Sweating can cause you to break out. Especially if you don't immediately wash your face and let it dry on there. I had acne in high school and that was part of my problem according to my dermatologist. Now if I ever sweat a lot, I try to wash my face as soon as possible.
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    Mar 27, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
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    Adult acne... so much for saying goodbye to your teen years.
  • 2theTEE

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    Mar 27, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    Are you touching your face after using the equipment? (ex: wiping sweat w/forearm, palms, etc.)
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    Mar 27, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    I had the same problem, i was breaking out a lot when I would go to the gym. The ONLY thing that ever took care of my problem was accutane. Its the only thing that can cure recurring adult acne...
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    Mar 27, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    I had a problem with breaking out on my face ....only with very small inflammations, nothing quite like your drama.

    One cause was wiping my face with a sweat towel. The towel is always clean, but I just think the physical aggitation caused the inflammations.

    I have found that since I have kicked up my veggie eating I dont have the probelm.

    Cantaloupe is particularlly good for the skin. As well as sweet bell peppers.
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    Mar 27, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidI've been battling some kind of facial infection for about a year and a half now. The FIFTH dermatologist that I'm seeing now (clinical dermatologist at UCLA) says it looks like adult acne. It itches, burns, stings, and pusses orange/yellow/mustard color when I scratch it.

    So lately I got sick and although the bumps have gotten a little better on my face lately, they almost completely disappeared. But the day I went back to the gym to work out I broke out again! I hadn't gone to the gym in 2 weeks, and this was the first time I had gone that long.

    So I'm thinking now my face break out could be one of three things from noticing it's correlation with going to the gym:

    1. There's some kind of bacteria at the gym that's just fucking with my face
    2. I'm allergic to something there's spraying or cleaning with at the gym
    3. Working out in and of itself suddenly is making my face break out...is this a condition that even exists?

    Has anyone else had an issue similar to mine before?


    Jake, it has nothing to do with the gym, it has everything to do with the fact that you are sweating when you work out.

    Your body gets rid of toxins and unwanted substances found in your bloodstream via sweat.

    So, naturally, when you are working out and sweating, they are released on the surface of your skin.

    Now, if you don't wash your face with soap and water right after, it will stay on your skin and cause more acne to surface.

    Keep a wet towel beside you strictly for your face and wash your face right after you are done working out.
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    Mar 27, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    I was lucky that I made it through my teenage years with perhaps 5 zits in total. But yeah I do get a few now and then from working out but not on my face.. on my shoulders
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    Mar 27, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    Acne shows on my face when:

    1. I am stressed and don't sleep enough.
    2. I take dairy products (milk, cheese, milk chocolate, ice cream, etc.)
    3. I eat fatty meats or oily meals.
    4. I fail to drink plenty of water.

    Managing the above really helps. And of course, the standard, wash your face regularly. I happen to use L'Occitan vegetable soap, which has really helped. Discovered this by chance.
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    Mar 28, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    Lifting weights raises your testosterone, which can lead to acne. Realistically, I'm not sure how much your testosterone goes up, so it could just be from sweating.
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    Mar 29, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    Thanks for the post guys. Most of the information is what I've heard before, so to hear it again is reassuring and a good reminder that keeping the face bump free turns out to be a complicated task involving changing around the lifestyle a bit. I still need to visit a neurologist if this keeps up, but for now I'm in the middle of my experiment. Today I went to 24 hour fitness instead of LA Fitness and I didn't notice anything unusual on my face. I'll keep this up for the whole week and then switch back to LA fitness next week and see what happens. It would be strange if it ends up being LA fitness, but I would be relieved knowing it's some chemical LA fitness uses that gives me an allergic reaction, and not working out itself that fucks up my face. After all, I have been working out since I was 18 and haven't had any issues with my face up until 2009.
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    Mar 29, 2011 7:53 AM GMT
    You realize you are hosed when you get adult acne and wrinkles icon_smile.gif