Often, when looking for acne solutions, people come across exercise as a possibility. There is a good reason for this- exercise helps. In addition to the normal recovery associated with exercise, it can help to control and maintain blood sugar levels. Blood sugar can play a huge role in the presence of acne and, thus, if blood sugar is better controlled it is less likely that a bad breakout will occur.
Increased blood flow that is associated with exercise helps to reinvigorate skin cells and keep them healthy and vital. This blood carries the nutrients and oxygen to skin cells that keep them functioning properly. Exercise is also a way of collecting toxins and cellular debris from the various areas of the body and pushing them toward the liver where they can be neutralized. Sweat is another way for your body to release toxins. Sweat will open and clean your pores naturally without using any type of product.
Exercise also helps to relieve stress. Stress can be a major trigger for skin problems and for acne breakouts. With that in mind, the relief of stress that is associated with increased fitness levels can help to relive acne sufferers of their condition. At the very least, it can assist in the prevention of future breakouts.
First things first: The best time to exercise, if done outside, is during non-peak sun hours. So avoid outdoor exercise during 10 am. and 4 pm. The sun is only good for your skin in moderation. Too much sun exposure can be damaging to skin and the primary goal here is to increase the health and vigor of skin in order to fight acne. This advice can be disregarded, somewhat, with the addition of sunscreen.
Some of the best cardio exercises to add to a weekly regime are swimming, running, and walking. Yoga is another option. Whatever type of cardio activity you chose will be beneficial, it comes down to personal preference. A moisturizer is important to use before strenuous activity because it helps to counteract the increased salt concentration on the skin from sweat. Increased salt concentration can cause skin damage and excessive washing can also lead to drying out of the skin.
The only real issue that can be found when looking at exercise as a possible solution for acne problems is an increased possibility of dirt and grime that can be associated with being outside and getting sweaty. This is not a problem for those people who have good hygiene practices, but normal practices may need to be increased or changed entirely to deal with increased dirt and grime associated with higher workout intensity or frequency.
Exercise is an important factor in the entire retinue of body and health related subjects. Adding a fitness regime to your weekly schedule can only work to aid in the fight against acne. When exercising, the body is continually producing hormones and proteins that are designed specifically to aid in its recovery. Best of all: exercise is free.