Keep Your Skin Healthy At The Gym

With the sweltering summer sun beating down on us day in and day out, this time of year can be ideal to move your workout routine indoors to a gym. A good workout can be great for your skin, but public places like the gym can harbor all kinds of potential skin issues. Shared spaces that include activities like sweating, showering, and changing seemingly have bacteria and fungus hiding around every corner that can bring about skin issues and infections like athlete’s foot, nail fungus, warts, and other bacterial, viral, or fungal skin conditions.

Since these are issues we see and treat regularly here at Old Bridge Dermatology, we know how to prevent them. That’s why we put together these simple tips to keep your skin healthy and safe while enjoying a rigorous gym workout.

Easy ways to keep your skin safe at the gym:

Injuries, cuts, scrapes, blisters, and other dustups go hand-in-hand with a rigorous workout. That’s why it’s important to practice good hygiene and to take these following measures into practice to ensure your skin stays healthy and issue-free:

  • Always wear sandals or shower shoes in public areas
  • Never share personal gym equipment or gear
  • Never share your own personal care products, like razors, soaps, shampoos, and towels with anyone to avoid cross-contamination
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Utilize disinfecting wipes before and after a workout to wipe down gym gear, equipment, mats, or anything else that could harbor bacteria
  • Clean and cover any scrapes, cuts, blisters, or abrasions immediately.

If you do ever notice a skin abnormality after a workout, seek an opinion from an experienced dermatologist! It’s also good practice to chat with your doctor before starting a new workout regiment to ensure you’re healthy and ready.

Here at Old Bridge Dermatology, our dermatologist, Dr. Juan Vaillant, has been treating patients’ hair, skin, and nail issues for over 30 years. If you’re looking for a helpful, highly skilled dermatologist, call our conveniently located Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 for an appointment today!