• Is a Sauna Good for Acne-Prone Skin?


    Whether it’s at a gym or a spa, a sauna can be a relaxing way to de-stress and enjoy some personal time. But is a heated sauna good or bad for acne prone skin? The truth is that, like everything else, your acne treatment regimen can be both helped by and hurt from spending time in a sauna. Here are the pros and cons of saunas and skin that’s prone to blemishes and breakouts.

    Open Pores, Sweat and Detoxify
    The question of whether sweating and detoxification are good for your skin (and particularly for acne prone skin) has been debated with both pros and cons by skin care experts for a long time. On the one hand, the heat from the sauna opens your pores and the sodium and potassium in sweat work as an exfoliating agent on your skin. However, when sweat is left unattended on your skin for too long, it can cause irritations and even skin breakouts. If you enjoy a sauna, then one way to ensure that you’re getting the benefits of sweating without potentially causing acne breakouts or skin irritations is to be sure to follow up your time in the sauna with a gentle acne cleanser. A gentle acne cleanser can deliver key acne medications and remove excess salt and oil from the skin without drying the skin, which you’re about to see is the drawback of the sauna.

    Clarifying Cleanser (6.75 oz.) Clarifying Cleanser

    This gentle, anti-acne cleanser thoroughly cleanses the skin and pores for a clear finish. Salicylic acid and triclosan kill acne-causing bacteria in order to heal and prevent blemishes. Chamomile, menthol and other botanicals cool and calm the skin while providing antiseptic benefits. Proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria in less than one minute, Clarifying Cleanser is the perfect choice for those suffering from acne.

    Dehydration and Dry Skin
    As with any dry heat, a sauna will dry out your skin. Any time you dry out your skin, whether it be to heal blemishes or just as the outcome of an activity like a trip to a dry climate or time in the sauna, you do damage to your skin. Dry skin can cause skin irritations, dry patches and even acne blemishes from the irritated spots. Whenever you spend time in a sauna, be sure to use a facial moisturizer afterwards. If your skin is acne-prone, be sure that this is an oil-free moisturizer. Also, if you know that you’ll be spending time in a sauna, pack a piece of fresh fruit so that you can eat your water and rehydrate internally when you leave the sauna.

    Skin Perfecting Lotion - Acne (1.7 oz.) Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne

    Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne is designed to provide comforting moisture to oily and acneic skin without causing shine or breakouts. Lightweight and extremely soothing, Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne uses retinol and arnica to prevent clogged pores and reduce redness while honey extract tones the complexion and algae and talc control oil and shine. Perfect for daily use, Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne leaves the complexion comforted, moisturized and and clear with a subtle matte finish.

    Relaxation and Decreased Stress
    Of course, the real benefit of a sauna is that it relaxes you, and Cultural Stress™ is a powerful contributor to skin health as well as a potential trigger for acne breakouts. Any activity that helps you to reduce stress in your life is a good activity! If, for you, that means time in a sauna, then you should go and enjoy the sauna. Relax, and the benefits of that relaxation will show on your skin.

    Remember to never spend more than twenty-minutes at a time in a sauna and follow all medical advice about whether a sauna is safe for your or not.

    • Great acne sauna and treatment.

    • All of the above is great advice, especially the part about washing your face when you leave a sauna. This is also the same reason it’s a common practice, especially in Scandinavian countries, to take a “cold plunge” after your sauna bath. Whether this plunge is a snow bank, chilly lake, or cold shower it serves to close the pores that the sauna’s heat opened up, while also washing away the sweat left behind.

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