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Old 02-04-2003, 12:48 AM   #1
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I asked so many people about it and they all said ..yes it helps because when you sweat (because you re jogging or something)the sweat is coming out of yourpores and brings all the dirt outside....i do believe it...what do you think?

 
Old 02-04-2003, 01:16 AM   #2
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Sweat is what clogs our pores because it contains oil found in our skin. The only way that sweating will benefit your skin is if it was enduced by steam or enviornmental heat.

When you exercise, your pores open & body sweats to cool itself down. Once you stop exercising, your pores close very quickly. Since they close so fast, all the oil & sweat will be trapped in them, causing blackheads/pimples.

When you go into a steam room, sauna or just hang your head over a pot of hot water, your skin becomes very hot, hence you sweat. When your skin is introduced to this degree of heat, the pores remain open for a while even after your done because the skin remains hot. This is good because you can quickly wash your face while the pores are still open. Therefore, you are able to clean a good amount of the sweat & oil off your face and out of your pores.
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Old 02-04-2003, 07:55 AM   #3
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i think sweating from exercise is good for the skin, to politely disagree w/the person above me. I think it's important to wash with cool water when you're done exercising, but sweating is good for a number of things.

 
Old 02-04-2003, 11:25 AM   #4
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I think sweating is good for the skin, too. I read somewhere that scientists have discovered an antibiotic in human sweat. They believe that this substance may help fight disease-causing bacteria, including those that cause skin conditions. I don't know if this applies to acne, but I think it's worth some consideration. Just use some common sense and wash your face after a good workout.

 
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Actually, I was just at the dermatologist because I started getting these whiteheads under my skin on my chin. He informed me that one of the causes is sweating.

 
Old 02-04-2003, 01:19 PM   #6
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My skin always improves in the summer (when I sweat a lot) so I am assuming it is good.

 
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Sweating isn't especially beneficial...for acne...most of the time. Not that sweating is bad in and of itself, but it's the process one must go through to start sweating that isn't very good for us (sitting in a steam room, aerobic exercise, etc). Sweating is how our bodies regulate temperature, if we didn't sweat, we could over-heat and die! I don't think sweating in and of itself is what leads to pimples,(however I think it can exacerbate the condition); heat from our bodies (associated with sweating) can cause skin to swell slightly, and cause the skin around a pore to expand thus leading to the appearance of "shrinkage of a pore" and possible blockage within the pore. The oil that is released from our pores when we steam or sit in a sauna is oil which has become liquified from the heat, and that may unclog your pores, providing the skin around the pores isn't swollen. So the pores must be unblocked initially to get the oil out, but most people with acne have damaged or malformed facial pores which already have trouble releasing oil, so we don't really see the benefits in steaming.
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Just wanted to add...we have to differentiate between sweat glands and sebaceous glands (one releasing sweat, the other oil)...when we sweat, we don't necessarily release oil...
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I've found that sweating and friction with clothing aggravates my back acne. I break out a lot right where my sports bra rubs up against my skin. Showering after a workout with a salicylic acid cleanser has helped some, not totally tho.

 
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Originally posted by Sahuja:
My skin always improves in the summer (when I sweat a lot) so I am assuming it is good.

Yes, alot of people notice a difference in their skin come summer. However, it's not because of sweating. It's because of the ultra violate rays from the sun.
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Old 02-06-2003, 12:55 AM   #11
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Maybe winter acne is because of dry skin. I have oily skin usually but when it starts getting cold, I start having the WORST breakouts

 
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me too

 
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