How To Protect Your Skin at the Gym

When you decide to take up an athletic activity, the normal rate of exposure to germs is greatly increased, and there are many opportunities for skin conditions and infections to occur. Sweating, showering and changing in shared spaces, and the increased physical contact in many sports, are all things that can aggravate or spread dermatological problems. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent problems like athlete’s foot and warts, and other bacterial, viral, and fungal conditions.

Simple Steps to Keep Your Skin Safe at the Gym

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Clean and protect cuts, scrapes, and blisters right away.
  • Get rashes or skin conditions evaluated by a dermatologist.
  • Always protect your feet by wearing sandals in public locker areas and pools
  • Don’t share equipment or gear.
  • Use your own personal care products. Don’t share items including razors, shampoos, and soaps, with anyone else to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Always use your own towel.
  • Disinfect protective gear, equipment, mats, or anything else that could harbor bacteria or germs after each use.
  • Be sure to check your skin daily for any problems, especially if you are a high contact sports enthusiast.

Injuries, cuts, scrapes, and blisters are common during athletic activities, so it is important to practice good hygiene and to rigorously adopt these measures to prevent skin infections and other conditions.

If you do notice anything abnormal on your skin, seeing an experienced board-certified dermatologist is the most effective way of properly diagnosing and treating skin problems.

Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222and make an appointment.