Athletes tend to be focused on meeting goals, crossing finish lines and winning the game. They’re driven, motivated, hardworking individuals who push boundaries to meet their goal. All the physical activity often hits their bodies hard, causing issues from achy muscles, blisters and dehydration. Athletes have special skincare needs, too, and may need to care for their complexions a bit differently than others.

Here are some of the most common challenges athletes face with skincare and solutions to help them keep their skin in best shape.

Body breakouts

Back acne is a type of body acne that can come out of nowhere. Often times athletes experience body breakouts because acne forms when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and sebum (oil). Body acne is most commonly found on the neck, chest, and back. Body breakouts can be prevented by a good skin care regiment. Retexturize body kit by Glytone is a great daily body wash to help prevent or treat body break outs. Free Glycolic Acid works by breaking down dead skin cells that clog the top of the hair follicle, this exfoliating process helps open up the follicle, minimizing the bumpy, red appearance of the skin.

Germs and bacteria.

Germs and bacteria are everywhere. Avoid using gym equipment or group mats unless you can wipe them down with antibacterial wipes. You want to make sure you’re not exposing your skin to bacteria that can lead to athletes foots or worse. No matter what, we should all cleanse at night to remove makeup, dirt and debris. However, if you work out during the day or break a sweat, you should certainly wash right away. Make sure to shower or bathe immediately after a workout or game, or dirt and debris can become clogged in your pores


Your feet are pounding the pavement and the blood is rushing to your face. Your sweat glands are opening and sweat is running down your face. There are many things that happen to the body during exercise. After a good cardio session you are dripping in sweat and flushed with rosy pink cheeks and a good overall red appearance. This is normal; but for some athletes the redness doesn’t go away. Post-workout the skin can feel tight, dry and irritated.

Help your skin recover by using a face wash that can help heal your skin. The gentle cleanser by Obagi is specifically formulated to cleanse while soothing. It rinses clean so you skin feels comfortable and soft. Simply apply twice daily, or after a long workout, to face and neck with moistened fingertips, then rinse completely. Your skin will feel great after just one use.

Contour Dermatology is a place where you will find the best skin care products and treatments for your skin.

Keep your skin looking healthy and feeling great by booking an appointment to speak to a skin care specialist.  A skin care specialist can help provide you with customized treatments to fit your needs. Treatments such as Facials, Vibradermabrasion , and Chemical peels. Exfoliate twice or three times per week and add a hydrating mask into your regimen to keep your skin balanced and nourished. Consider using mostly products targeted for sensitive skin, as these products are formulated to be non-drying, gentle and hydrating” a great option for athletes combating tough conditions! 

Keep your skin in best shape with skincare products from Obagi and Glytone. Visit our website at Contourdermstore.com or call today at 760.423.4000 to learn more about these amazing products that will give you the best results to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.

Obagi Nuderm System

The Nu-Derm System penetrates the skin’s surface to transform the skin’s appearance and help correct the damage within, revealing healthy, younger-looking skin.

Glytone KP Kit

Glytone KP Kit  containing Exfoliating Body Wash and Re-texturizing Body Lotion. It utilizes the benefits of Free Glycolic Acid to help reduce specific skin conditions, such as KP•Red bumps•Rough, bumpy skin.

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.

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