Regular exercise is good for the body and your overall health. It is also especially good for your skin as physical activity promotes blood flow to the surface of your skin, bringing nutrients and nourishment along with it.
Keeping your stress hormones in check is good news to the skin as many skin conditions such as acne breakouts and accelerated skin aging are associated with high cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone.
So what happens when you exercise regularly, have a balanced diet, have normal and clear skin but there is suddenly a small and annoying new rash of breakouts appearing on your skin?
It is not your imagination playing tricks on you, but it might have something to do with a condition called acne mechanica.
This article will go in-depth about what acne mechanica is (and show you how to treat this pesky condition).
What is Acne Mechanica?
Acne mechanica is a specific form of acne triggered when the skin is under pressure or rubbed against heavy clothing or protective gear.
It is defined as being an acne eruption in areas of friction, pressure, stretching, constant rubbing, and pinching of that particular area.
It can develop anywhere on the face or body. Dermatologists have even discovered cases of this condition caused by friction between the thighs of people who suffer from obesity.
Acne mechanica presents itself as angry and inflamed pustules that pop up on the back, shoulders, chest, thigs, and forehead.
It can appear regardless of pre-existing acne problems, and may even appear if you are amongst the small number of lucky individuals who have never dealt with acne breakouts in their lives.
What Causes Acne Mechanica?
The condition mostly occurs in people that are very active, such as athletes or even soldiers.
An intense activity causes heat and friction between the folds of the skin which are usually sweaty and clothing if the person is wearing heavy or bulky gear.
Any activity that traps heat against the body for a prolonged period of time as well as rubs or puts constant pressure on the skin can be the trigger of acne mechanica.
Some of these may include:
How Do You Know You Have Acne Mechanica?
Acne mechanica and common acne vulgaris look nearly identical and typically appear as small, pus-filled pimples on the skin.
But if you pay closer attention to what is triggering your breakouts, you will be able to recognize and differentiate these two similar conditions from one another.
You can observe the following symptoms:
Acne mechanica typically clears up in a short amount of time after the main trigger is removed. This, however, is not practical in most cases.
If you are an athlete, or you simply enjoy doing regular exercise, stopping to do so just because of acne mechanica is not always the best thing.
And I am certainly not recommending that you should stop wearing your protective helmet while riding a bike.
Acne mechanica isn’t a serious condition, but its severity can be aggravated if it’s left untreated or completely neglected for a long time.
How To Treat Acne Mechanica?
The best way to treat acne mechanica is to remove the source of constant friction or pressure to prevent the condition from becoming inflamed.
My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take great care of their skin and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on skincare products I’ve tried. You can learn more about me here.
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