Is your activewear giving you ingrown hairs?
If you're the kind of person who immediately changes out of their activewear after a gym session, here’s a gold star for you. Everyone else, keep reading.
Because if you're one to organise a post-gym coffee date, or run errands after a workout, you might find yourself in some trouble of the ingrown hair variety.
Let’s face it, nobody likes an ingrown hair, they aren’t cute to look at.
Not to mention they can be itchy and quite painful. And while we do all we can to avoid them popping up, they still seem to find a way.
Which brings us to our next point, activewear. Particularly those expensive compression leggings you live in.
If you are already susceptible to folliculitis (AKA a fancy term for ingrown hairs), you may find your gym gear is aggravating the problem.
You see, when skin is continuously rubbing against tight clothing, it causes irritation and inflames your ingrowns.
Not only can this be aggravating, but it may also encourage the growth of new ingrowns.
According to dermatologist Dr. Margarita Lolis who spoke to bustle.com, "when you work out you're doing repetitive motions," and clothing that's too tight can be a trigger. "Running, working out on a spin cycle, or even a Zumba class can lead to ingrown hairs if your workout wear isn't fitting well".
This is a result of the friction, as well as the entrapment of both heat and sweat.
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Now we know what you're thinking and no, this isn't your excuse to cancel tomorrow morning's 6am spin class.
Instead, here are a few easy tips and tricks to avoid this kind of 'gym rash'.
1. Wear activewear for your workout sessions only, and then take it off. Don't stay in your sweaty leggings longer than necessary, even if they are comfy and the thought of trying to put together a presentable outfit is daunting.
2. Try a looser flowing fit where possible. We know it's the dead of winter, but shorts are OK once you've warmed up, right?
3. Maintain good hygiene and ensure the skin is clean. Don't sit in your sweat for too long as this can cause a build-up of bad bacteria. Wiping your skin down post-workout, particularly in areas of already existing bumps, can help prevent further skin infection. Use a disinfectant product like Isocol Rubbing Alcohol, being mindful to avoid any irritated spots.
4. Wash your activewear regularly. Don't re-wear.
5. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Dirt, oil and dead skin will clog your hair follicles so make sure this step is part of your body care routine.
bh recommends: Bodecare Detox Dry Body Brush
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