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If you exercise regularly and struggling with melasma, I’ve got something very interesting to share with you that might help.

I’ll tell you right now, exercise won’t cause melasma. But, based on my personal experience, some of the skincare products you are using while you exercise could make it worse.

As most of you know, I’ve been struggling with melasma for a number of years.

Changing my diet and skincare routine has helped tremendously in getting rid of melasma.

It’s been a long journey. A lot of trial and error. Majority of the things I’ve tried didn’t do very much, but here and there I find something that really does make a difference.

A few months ago I came across a few natural products that got rid of the melasma completely (I was beyond thrilled!).

And I was able to maintain my results for a couple of months, even when I stopped using the products.

I thought I was in the clear.

Then I started exercising.

And something strange started happening with the melasma. It started coming back.

I wasn’t getting new dark patches, but the old ones I thought were gone started to darken and appear again. 

How exercising can affect Melasma

I started to see a pattern with certain skincare products I was using in conjunction with exercising.

When I used skincare products that contained active ingredients, essential oils, or fragrance right before working out, the combination of the strong products on my skin and exercising would trigger the melasma to darken.

The increased blood flow and heat from exercising makes your skin much more sensitive to skincare products. If you aren’t careful with what products you’re using while exercising, it can cause irritation, which can trigger melasma.

According to this study, there’s a connection between melasma and a delayed barrier recovery. What that means is if you have melasma, your skin’s protective barrier might not be as strong or able to repair itself as efficiently as others. This can result in having skin that is sensitized or compromised more easily.

You need to be cautious not to irritate or overburden your skin.

Once I minimized my skincare routine and used only mild products without any active ingredients, essential oils, or fragrance before and while I’m exercising; the melasma was no longer triggered. And overtime, the melasma faded.

Now that I’ve made significant changes in my skincare routine and lifestyle, I’ve noticed that exercise actually brightens my skin. My skin tone becomes more even when I exercise regularly. As long as I don’t use irritating skincare products while exercising and protect my skin from the sun, exercise benefits my skin tremendously.

So don’t be afraid of exercise. It won’t cause melasma. But, if you have melasma, you must be VERY careful with what skincare products and ingredients you are using before and after you workout.

Watch today’s video to find out how I’ve since changed my workout skincare routine to protect the melasma from getting worse. I go over what skincare products and ingredients I no longer use while I exercise, and what I recommend using instead.

Recommended products that are mild and can be used before exercising

Cleansers:

Moisturizers:

Sunscreens:


References for this article

Lee, D., Lee, J., Ha, J., Park, K.‐C., Ortonne, J.‐P. and Kang, H. (2012), Defective barrier function in melasma skin. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 26: 1533-1537. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3083.2011.04337.x

Kim, E., Kim, Y.C., Lee, E.-S., Kang, H.Y., (2007), The vascular characteristics of melasma. Vol. 46, Issue 2, p111-116. doi:10.1016/j.jdermsci.2007.01.009


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About the Author

Natasha St. Michael is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Natural Health Educator accredited by the Institute For Integrative Nutrition. She is a member of the American Association For Drugless Practitioners. For over a decade, Natasha has been coaching her clients how to improve their diet, lifestyle and skin care routine to reach their health goals and have clear youthful skin.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Natasha,

    thanks a lot for this informative post, I liked the video as well.
    I’ve been struggling with this problem for a while now but I hope it will get better eventually..

    I wish you a happy new year!

    xo

    Dani

    • Happy new year Danielle! I hope the info on the melasma will help. Keep me posted on your progress 🙂


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