Is the makeup you're wearing to the gym causing acne, eczema and clogged pores?
Wearing makeup during a sweaty workout session is something many women are guilty of doing. Regardless of how many times the dermatologist or the facialist has warned us against it, we often just sprint to the gym after work – who has time to double-cleanse when you’re late for class? And besides, won’t the sweat naturally wash out all that makeup?
But according to Dr Suzanne Cheng, a senior consultant at the National Skin Centre, leaving your makeup on does have consequences.
“Excess sebum (or facial oil) and makeup should be removed prior to exercise as during the workout, the increased production of sweat, mixed with excess sebum and makeup on the skin increases the chance of developing clogged pores,” she explained. And those clogged pores are where bacteria build up, resulting in skin inflammation, pimples, blemishes, acne and skin irritation.
“Acne outbreaks and irritant eczema may occur. In addition, sweat dripping into the eyes from strenuous exercise may also result in some eyeliner or mascara entering the eyes, thereby causing eye irritation,” added Dr Cheng.
But there’s a silver lining for those in a rush – while “heavy liquid foundation or blusher are no-nos”, there are actually certain beauty products that you can use without worry.
If your workout is outdoors, a light moisturiser and water-resistant sunscreen is fine, she said. “And for those who are self-conscious and really need some coverage, very light face powder dusted over the face and concealer spotted over active blemishes is acceptable,” said Dr Cheng.
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