Pool-caused acne !

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    Mar 26, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    This is somewhat embarrassing and annoying. I have noticed a correlation between an onset of acne and the amount that I swim. Maybe my face reacts to something, or the water is dirty, etc.
    As you can tell by my profile pic (don't look!), I can manage my skin, but it takes considerable maintenance to keep it looking like that WHEN I swim daily. If I don't swim for a while, even just a day, my face clears up. In fact, I don't swim the day before an important event so that I may look presentable. Now, before someone tells me to cease swimming, I don't want to.
    Apart from exhaustive use of acne treatment, especially right after a swim, I also spend some time in the steam room in an attempt to ---- I don't know what anymore. Ugh.

    Who else has this problem. My dermatologist's advice is too keep cleaning my pores, which I'm sure would work if I have any pores left from all the scrubbing.
    Also, I was wondering if spreading some sort of water-resistant lotion (sunscreen??) on my face before swimming may help.

    Sincerely,
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    Mar 26, 2009 3:16 AM GMT
    5537B00B saidAlso, I was wondering if spreading some sort of water-resistant lotion (sunscreen??) on my face before swimming may help.

    If you're seeing a direct correlation between pool swimming and acne, that is significant. Pools contain chlorine and other chemicals, to which you may be sensitive.

    Try a skin block, see what happens. If the acne stops or is reduced, you have your answer.
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    Mar 26, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    It's likely the chlorine.
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    Mar 26, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    strange I always had the exact opposite reaction and only with extreme amounts of pool usage. I was a diver for a few years and 2-3 hours a day in the pool did nothing, but when I taught swimming lessons for a summer my skin started to crack from spending 8 hours a day in the highly chlorinated pool.
  • Ritournelle

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    Mar 26, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    I may be mistaken, but isn't acne purely caused by overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands? It might not be technical acne, but some closely related class of skin inflammation (like Staphylococcus). Also scrubbing your skin too much is absolutely awful, try to do it like once or twice a week. Or to be safe, don't take advice from the internet except as a prompt to try get a second opinion and an incentive to be demanding enough for absolute thoroughness from healthcare providers... I've gone through quite a few derms, and only recently found one that actually helped.
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    Mar 26, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    I'm tempted to say youre skin is senstive like mine, so you should avoid the steam/ sauna--I dont think they are healthy on a daily basis, espeicially after the chlorine exposure. A shower at room temperature works best for me.
    But check with your dermatologist.


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    Mar 26, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    Try applying a liberal amount of non-pore-clogging lotion (like Aveeno) to your acne pron area(s) immedately before you swim. This will minimize the amount of Cl(aq) that comes into contact with your skin. Depending upon the lotion you use, you will probably notice different degrees of improvement (In the case of some lotions, you may actually notice the acne getting worse. If this starts to happen, stop using that brand/type of lotion!)
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    Mar 27, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    Update:

    Today, I applied sunblock right before swimming and there is an improvement in that my face is rather clean-feeling with minimal flare-ups. I can't believe I haven't thought of this before. I didn't apply acne treatment after the swim yet either; and I didn't steam myself today so that I may see my skin's reaction to the change without interference.
    There does seem to be a lot of chlorine in the pool because it takes a lot of effort to get it off my skin, usually, and even then, I always smell like chlorine and get extremely dry.

    But, so far so good.
    As the person above suggested, I'll continue to look for a non-pore-clogging lotion that is just right.

    Thanks, everyone!
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    Mar 27, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    To me... your skin sounds dry. Swimming on a regular basis takes the moisture out of your skin, especially from the chemicals.

    You need to be using a quality moisturizer after you swim.
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 27, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    Chances are you don't want to use an acne treatment after chlorine, as it will worsen the problem.

    Chlorinated water is HIGHLY drying to your skin. The sunscreen will help, and you may want to add a gentle non-oily moisturizer after.

    Years of diving (jump in, dry off, jump in dry off) and teaching swim lessons. I learned all the fun things chlorine can do (like make my hair look like it's got mold).
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    Mar 27, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    DiverScience saidChances are you don't want to use an acne treatment after chlorine, as it will worsen the problem.

    Chlorinated water is HIGHLY drying to your skin. The sunscreen will help, and you may want to add a gentle non-oily moisturizer after.

    Years of diving (jump in, dry off, jump in dry off) and teaching swim lessons. I learned all the fun things chlorine can do (like make my hair look like it's got mold).


    silly blondes with your green hair problems hehehe. some of us only have green hair when we want it to be green, then again I turned blue when I wanted green.
  • manpit209

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    Apr 05, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    You should try a gentle facial cleanser after you swim. Try something like Cetaphil after a swim. It cleans well and doesn't overdry. I think the acne issue is due to dry skin from the chlorine and possibly bacteria that is already on the face. I swim every once in a while and I only notice that my skin feels tight and itchy. I want to swim everyday but I'm going to find some way to keep my skin from being dry and itchy. Cracked, dried up skin isn't what I'm looking for... icon_confused.gif
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    May 01, 2009 3:01 AM GMT
    I'm glad you guys keep posting.

    To straighten things up:
    My face seems to react independently from the rest of my body. While my body can get extremely dry, my face does not show the same "dry" symptoms, but it does, however, flare up. Partly, due to bacteria, which my dermatologist gleefully pointed out but failed to alleviate.
    For my body, I do always moisturize; so much so that I am practically bathing in it. For my face, I am still using the sunblock. It seems to keep the flare up at bay. icon_biggrin.gif Someone suggested that I try a very gentle acne treatment after the swim, and I have but after a while it only exacerbated the problem (moisturizing my face also makes the situation worse) - which is why I switched to the prevention-via-sunblock strategy.