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Essentials for Athlete's Skin

High school athletes push their bodies to the limit, not just internally but also externally. Training and competing in varying environments—from the chlorine-filled pools to the harsh cold of winter sports—can take a toll on their skin. For those with mild sensitivities, the challenge is even greater, with common concerns like acne, eczema, chafing, and sunburn lurking around the corner. Yet, skincare might not be the first thing on their minds. It's crucial to understand that just a few simple steps can protect and nourish the skin, preventing these issues without breaking the bank or complicating their routines.


Image comparing moisturized skin to dry skin

First things first, good people. The initial step to healthy skin is recognizing the stress that sports activities can put on it. Whether it's the drying effect of chlorine, the irritation from sweat and friction, or damage from UV exposure, each factor can exacerbate skin sensitivities and lead to discomfort or more serious skin conditions. 



Once you've seen and can recognize the stress your skin is under each day of practice or competition, the next step is to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!  A great skincare routine does not have to be expensive or consist of eight different products.  It is as simple as THREE steps to caring to the largest organ that holds you together!  :). EASY PEASY!!

So, for all athletes:

Gentle Cleanser: Choose a gentle cleanser for both face and body. Look for products labeled "for sensitive skin" and free of sulfates if you are easily irritated. A mild cleanser will remove dirt, sweat, and bacteria without stripping the skin. Goat Milk Cleansers
Moisturizer: Hydration is key, especially for athletes training in harsh or drying conditions. A lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer can help replenish the skin's moisture barrier. Apply it immediately after showering to lock in hydration.  Goat Milk Moisturizers
Sun Protection: For outdoor sports, a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is non-negotiable. Even in winter months, UV rays can damage the skin. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if sweating heavily or swimming.  Non-Pasting SPF

Specific Sport Considerations:

  • Swimmers: After swimming, rinse off chlorine immediately and consider using a cleanser that can help restore moisture and protect the skin's barrier. It will have ingredients such as glycerin, aloe vera, mango butter, cocoa butter, and or ceramides.

  • Cold Weather Athletes: Look for a heavier, cream-based moisturizer to combat dry, cold air. Products containing shea butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond or avocado oil are excellent for repairing the skin's barrier in harsh conditions.

  • Runners and Outdoor Athletes: In addition to sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and using a lip balm with SPF can provide an extra barrier against the elements. During this current outdoor track season, be mindful of your lips burning too!

Maintaining healthy skin as an athlete isn't just about looking good; it's about keeping the body's largest organ protected and in top condition to support overall health and performance. By incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine, athletes can mitigate skin sensitivities and focus on what truly matters—excelling in your sport.



Awesome question!  It is very important to take extra steps when you have some sort of sensitivity.  Here are the most common complaints for athletes: 

For Dryness:

  • Cleanser: A hydrating cleanser that is free from sulfates and contains moisturizing ingredients like glycerin or ceramides will help maintain the skin's natural moisture barrier.
  • Moisturizer: Look for products with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and natural oils (like jojoba or almond oil) that can provide deep hydration and help to repair the skin's barrier function.

For Chafing:

  • Cleanser: A mild, fragrance-free cleanser that won’t irritate or dry out already sensitive skin is ideal. Cleansing the area gently to remove sweat and bacteria without causing further irritation is key.
  • Moisturizer: For chafing, a barrier cream or ointment that contains dimethicone or zinc oxide can help protect the skin from friction and moisture. These are thicker than regular moisturizers and provide a protective layer over the skin.

For Acne:

  • Cleanser: Look for a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if you have one. These ingredients are effective at unclogging pores and reducing acne-causing bacteria. A gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser is also crucial to avoid further irritation.
  • Moisturizer: A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or aloe vera can hydrate the skin without adding excess oil. Avoid heavy, oily formulations that can clog pores.

As a mom of high school athletes, I pray this information is of help to you as it has been to me when I encourage my sons to take care of their skin.  It is very beneficial for someone to know how to do and what to do, even with our athletes aren't thinking twice about it.  

Please do reach out to me if you need more personal recommendations or have questions!


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