What occurs when our skin perspires? The capacity of our skin to sweat actually benefits both our skin’s health and the overall well-being of our entire body. Our skin is a permeable barrier that is also a detoxification organ so having skin that sweats, is moist and dermally nourished enough to release toxins and perform these basic functions is ideal. Don’t allow anyone, or yourself, to make you feel embarrassed about this natural process!

Why Do We Sweat?

Sweating serves as a valuable mechanism employed by our skin to expel toxins from our body as well as to cool down our body’s temperature when needed. Inherent to our skin’s welfare, sweat collaborates with our natural oils, culminating in the essential formation of our skin’s innate defense, known as the acid mantle.

Nonetheless, perspiration frequently occurs when our skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays. This circumstance can pose challenges, as it compromises our skin’s intrinsic barrier, potentially weakening our diligently applied moisturizer and sunscreen, thereby enabling moisture to dissipate. It is better to dab your skin if you are sweating profusely rather than wipe in order to not remove the moisturizer in place.

Is Sweat Bad For Your Skin?

Sweat itself is not inherently bad for your skin; in fact, it’s crucial to skin health.  The key is to rinse our skin at the end of our sweat filled day or workout session to rinse away any potential toxins.  Always follow this warm water rinse with an effective skin care sequence that will not strip natural oils, hydrate, dermally nourish, and restore the barrier.   

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Skin Type: No matter your conventional skin type including acne, oily, dry, sensitive, or combination surprisingly the thing all skin has in common is that it does not like to be over cleansed, exfoliated, or disinfected.  Remember, sweat can easily be rinsed away with warm water so no need to reach for most cleansers.
  • Hygiene: Leaving sweat on your skin for extended periods of 6 hours or more, especially in areas where friction occurs (like under tight clothing), can potentially lead to irritation or rash because of toxins and or moist friction.
  • Makeup and Products: If you wear makeup or intense sunblocks, excessive sweat can potentially mix with these substances and lead to irritation or affect their efficacy. It’s a good idea to head into your day with an effective skincare in place, dab when needed, then promptly rinse and use a gentle cleanser if needed at your first chance.  Promptly reapply your effective skin care products and carry on. Most people are still over cleansing, even when it comes to removing makeup and sunblock.

How To Care For Our Skin When We Sweat

As our skin finds its greatest protection through its intact natural acid mantle barrier, a supportive moisturizer, and the shield of sunscreen, it’s advisable to lightly pat our skin when outdoors, rather than vigorously wiping it, so that our valuable moisturizer remains as undisturbed as possible. Should any of these three components be absent, the susceptibility to sunburn significantly rises. Skin that lacks both its acid mantle and a moisturizer, which preserves moisture, is prone to dehydration, intensifying its susceptibility to sun damage.

For indoor sweating, the risk of sunburn diminishes; however, it does compromise the efficacy of our moisturizer in maintaining skin hydration. Speaking from firsthand experience as a practitioner of hot yoga, minimal dabbing is ideal to avoid stripping away natural oils or applied moisturizers. After a vigorous workout, a thorough rinse followed by complete drying using a towel, subsequent application of a hydrating mist, a nourishing Dermal Nutrient serum, and an effective barrier-repair moisturizer constitutes the most beneficial regimen for restoring skin equilibrium.

As mentioned,  it’s important to clarify that sweat and oil themselves do not induce the formation of pimples nor do they foster bacterial growth. Merely rinsing away sweat without excessive cleansing supports a healthy acid mantle, a favorable epidermal microbiome, and prevents heightened dehydration, which is a contributing benefit to reducing breakouts. 

Final Thoughts On Sweating

Embrace your sweat!  We live in a time of great environmental toxicity when it comes to our water, air, food, and personal care products. It is crucial for the wellbeing of our full body health that ALL of our detoxifying pathways are open and functioning. 

Your sweat is not the enemy. No need to use harsh cleansers for that harmful squeaky clean effect.  It is not causing clogged pores or bacteria at all and can be managed simply by rinsing away with warm water and promptly resetting your skin with the right skin care products.