Sweat pimples occur when the weather is humid and hot or as a result of exercising and working your body hard, which causes a certain type of acne known as pityrosporum folliculitis.
Pityrosporum folliculitis is a stubborn and tough type of acne to treat since some people’s skins are more prone to it. This is because, a normal skin yeast that grows on most peoples skin (Malassezia), begins to overgrow in the pores. In most people, their skin pores do not fight the yeast effectively and so it easily occurs after a little heat and sweat.
Treatment Of Sweat Pimples
Treatment of sweat pimples depends on the severity of the acne. It is best to visit a dermatologist so as to get the best possible advice.
You can also use an anti-yeast cleanser which contains pyrithione zinc. You can use these cleansers every day to help in suppressing the growth of the yeast.
Before using cleansers, it is important you determine your skin type first, since some of these cleansers can cause your skin to become irritated and overly sensitive. Ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Physical exfoliation will also do your skin some good.
How To Get Rid Of Sweat Pimples
Almost any type of exercise makes you sweat, and this sweat can cause excess oil on the skin, dead skin, excess and even bacteria to become trapped in the pores of your skin, thereby clogging them.
When your skin pores are clogged, bacteria is multiplied quickly, which might trigger an inflammation or swelling within the walls of your follicles, which results in sweat pimple.
Some skin care practices you may follow include:
- Always shower after exercise. This helps to clean the pores of any oil, bacteria or dead skin, which are trapped in the pores from sweat.
- Always clean exercise apparel after each use. This includes cuffs, bands, collars of gym clothes which tend to trap lots of oil, sweat, and other particles. Wearing soiled apparel or garments will only compound your problem and make the condition of your skin worse.
- Washing/cleaning problematic areas twice a day. Areas of your skin which are prone to developing sweat pimples should be cleaned twice a day, using a gentle and non-drying cleanser to avoid causing the skin any irritation.
- Always keep your hair out of your face and neck for the period of your workout or exercise. This is because; hair helps in trapping bacteria, excess oil and dead skin that are within your pores.
- Always assess your workout apparel. Wearing workout apparels which fits tightly can aggravate the skin, leading to more pimples breakout. Always go for loosely fitted workout clothing.
- Using an over-the-counter acne cream on areas that are problematic. Applying an acne cream on the skin can help in killing the bacteria, dry excess oil, reduce excess production of oil and even encourage some peeling. This peeling is a form of exfoliation, which helps in removing dirt and dead cells that are trapped in the pores which causes clogging.
- Visit a dermatologist about a prescription. Sometimes, using over-the-counter creams may fail, and you may require a stronger medication for treating sweat pimples. The use of Retinols is the standard course of care, but a different form of treatment may be recommended by your dermatologist.