Dr. Melanie Grossman, a dermatologist based in New York City, explains the biggest mistakes men make after working out and how it effects their skin. Following is a transcript of the video.
If you work out and then you leave the sweat on your skin, you can increase your chance of having acne. You are putting yourself at risk for infections. You can blog the pores, cloggin up of the hair follicles. It’s the moisture and the heat which increases your jock itch, athlete’s foot. I don’t think it’s a good idea to go out with your friends, or sit at a meal.
There’s bacteria on your skin, and when you sweat you’re going to encourage the growth of that bacteria. I think you need to go to the shower and wash after you workout. And wash your clothing, I mean I’ve seen people come in and they have acne in areas underneath clothing and I say, "Well do you wash your clothes every time you go to the gym?" And they’re like "Ah, well I just leave my clothes in the locker."
No good. You really do have to wash your clothes and your skin after you workout. I’m asked sometimes "Is it necessary to remove that sweat as you’re working out?" And I think that’s really purely a comfort thing. I think as long as you shower and wash your face after you workout, you’re safe.