Your skin is your biggest organ and it’s also one of the most sensitive. Public places like the gym and the wrong workout gear could spell disaster for your skin if you don’t take the necessary precautions .Working out regularly could give rise to a few skin issues. Here’s how to prevent them from developing and how to treat them if they’re upon you.

Heat rash
This is caused by heat and humidity, which blocks sweat ducts, causing them to swell and result in a rash. A heat rash often manifests as small pink or red dots that look like pimples. It’s usually very uncomfortable and itchy, and often appear where clothing causes friction on the skin and in areas where the skin folds.

If you’re going out for a walk or run, or for a bike ride, prevent heat rash from developing by stopping every now and again to cool down in a shady place, preferably where there’s a bit of a breeze, or where it’s air conditioned.

Athlete’s foot 

Taking a shower barefoot, especially in public shower areas, could spell bad news for your feet as you may develop athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a scaly-looking rash that often stings, burns and is very itchy between the toes. Apart from developing athlete’s foot, you could also get a fungal infection known as onychomycosis. This affects your toenails, causing them to become brittle, hardened and discoloured.

If you have to use a public shower, make sure you’re wearing shower shoes,which you should replace regularly.

Body acne 

The skin can become irritated and break out if one works out in clothing that’s too tight. This is because the clothing traps sweat and bacteria, and the warm, damp environment creates a breeding ground for acne bacteria.

If you work out in tight clothing, make sure you shower immediately afterwards. If you don’t have access to a shower after exercising, change into clean clothes immediately and shower as soon as you can.

Alternatively, opt for gym clothing that isn’t as fitting so less sweat gets trapped.


Those raw red patches you sometimes get on certain areas of your skin that burn can be caused by clothing that repeatedly rubs against your skin, which is often the case when working out.

Try to exercise in low-friction fabrics and avoid clothes that are too loose-fitting, especially on sensitive areas of your skin. If you do experience chafing, wash the chafed area with warm water and a gentle antibacterial soap. Also, apply an antibiotic ointment to the affected area and keep it covered while it’s healing.