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Beat Breakouts

Written on June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am , by

To prevent back-ne and face flare-ups caused by workouts, start in the locker room. Hilary Reich, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, has the how-to.

Pre-Sweat Session

FACE Remove pore-clogging makeup and gently exfoliate skin with a soft washcloth and lukewarm water.

BACK Use an astringent like Clean and Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent, on your back to minimize oil and sweat production.

Post-Sweat Session

FACE The heat from cardio can cause bacteria to build up. Suds up with an antibacterial wash, like Noxzema Triple Clean Antibacterial Lathering Cleanser ($4.29, drugstores).

BACK Hit the shower ASAP to remove perspiration and excess oils that clog pores, leading to bumps. In a rush? Wipe pimple-prone spots with salicylic acid-infused pads.

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