Is Sweat Good For Your Skin?

Is Sweat Good For Your Skin?

Published by Ellaquor on Jul 6th 2022

The answer is, yes! … and, no. There are some good, and not so good, effects of sweat on your skin. If you understand the pros and cons, you will have a better idea on how to properly care for your skin and avoid some of the most aging bacterias.

It all comes down to developing a proper routine to ensure your skin receives the maximum benefits from your sweat.


Overall, sweating is a healthy and vital process for your body. When you sweat, it means your body has entered the performance zone of your workout, or maybe you are just sitting outside enjoying a leisurely afternoon in high heat. Regardless of what activated your sweat, it is a healthy opportunity to rid toxins from your body. Sweating purges the skin of bacteria, dirt, oils, and impurities which helps to purify and rejuvenate your skin.

However, sweating when your skin is dirty or letting the sweat dry on your skin can lead to harmful effects including premature aging, breakouts, and excessive dryness and irritation.


Premature Aging

Sweat is food for bacteria. If your sweat dries on your skin, it becomes a magnet for dirt, oils, and other impurities to feed on your sweat. These less than desirable elements are what we call radicals in the skin care world and they wreak havoc on your skin that lead to premature aging.


Hanging out in your sweaty skin can cause some serious unwanted reactions. Not only does your sweat create a happy breeding ground for bacteria, your sweat has a high percentage of salt which clogs your pores and increases negative reactions like breakouts. With so many oils rolling around on the surface, it does not take long for the oils to become lodged in your pores and leave a trail of blemishes.

Excessive Dryness & Irritation

As we mentioned, sweat is high in salt content and the salt in your sweat can be very irritating to the skin. Salt rapidly dehydrates your skin as it pulls moisture from your skin’s barrier and onto the surface. Not only will your skin become dehydrated, sensitive skin can become even more irritated if sweat is allowed to dry on the skin. Often we experience itchy or burning skin.


Sweating is essential in keeping your body and skin pure and replenished but you need to be educated on how to care for your sweaty skin to ensure you are only receiving the benefits and avoiding the harmful effects. There’s no need to worry; we’ve created some easy-to-follow- tips to ensure your skin health.


  1. Wash your face BEFORE your workout.
  2. Shower and cleanse within 5 minutes AFTER your workout.
  3. Drink plenty of water while you are sweating to rehydrate the body.

There you have it. It’s that simple. Sweat it out to get it out and then rinse the bacteria off your body and face and down the drain. Now, go enjoy your breakout-free workouts!

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