Does Sweat Cause Acne? -- Dr. Murad

"I work out during the day and sometimes don't have time to shower. Does sweat cause acne around the chest and back area?"

Sweat can cause a condition called "poral occlusions," which are red bumps caused by a combination of oil and sweat mixed together, clogging your pores. The best way to treat this area is to shower with a gentle exfoliating wash after you work out. If you don't have time to shower, at a minimum, wipe the excess perspiration from the skin with a moist towel, then blot the skin dry. Look for a spray that contains acne-fighting ingredients that you can apply before getting dressed.

Dr. Murad's Recommended Products
Product name: Murad Clarifying Body Spray
What it does: Helps to fight acne breakouts with triclosan, a powerful antibacterial agent. It also contains retinol and salicylic acid, which penetrate pores to keep them clear, and allantoin, a healing agent.
Price: $30
Available at: Murad.com

Product name: Murad Acne Body Wash
What it does: Includes salicylic acid, fine-grained date seed powder and triclosan to exfoliate your skin, deep-clean pores and clear breakouts.
Price: $35
Available at: Murad.com

Product name: Murad Acne Complex Kit
What it does: Contains clarifying cleanser, exfoliating acne treatment, skin- perfecting lotion and acne spot treatment. In independent clinical studies, over 90 percent of the participants experienced a reduction in blemishes in just four weeks.
Price: $59.90
Available at: Murad.com

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