Check Yo Self–When Breakdancing Causes Breakouts

What do the Windmill, the Head Slide, the Buddha Spin, the Deadman Float and the Worm have in common? They can all make you breakout. Dust and dirt settle on moist skin.  When pores become blocked, bacteria starts to grow in numbers like Bboys heading to The Sugarhill Gang show. Your body fights back by sending white blood cells to these pores. The result in inflammation. Friction is another contributor to acne. Tight fitting shirts emblazed with unicorns, hot pink bras and 80’s spandex shorts provoke acne (there goes my wardrobe). So how can you look fly the next time you want to do the Running Man?

Things Fall Apart

Don’t let things fall apart! Wash that face with salicylic acid when you get home. Salicylic acid softens keratin (a skin protein) and helps remove dead skin cells. Ditching dead skin is bueno. It allows you skin to breathe; therefore, helps you kill acne-causing bacteria. Products such as Philosophy’s Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Cleanser contain salicylic acid and get bonus points for having a really positive name. If you skin dries out from a cleanser with salicylic acid, reduce your weekly applications. Pretty simple. The only thing that should look like a reptile is your Snake move.

Ridin’ Dirty

Before drifting off to slumberland, wash yo self! Do not come home and make yourself a ham sandwich then fall asleep all dirty (btw-ham sandwich has no sexual connotations). Break out Neutrogena’s Body Clear. You can find it almost anywhere that carries ham and bread. The trick to helping out your skin is using a dry towel. Moist towels won’t dry you off properly and they can become bacteria farms if you don’t wash them often. Changing out your sheets and pillowcases frequently will also reduce your body’s exposure to bacteria.

All Eyez On Me

Everyone wants to look good when they go out. However, you will be inviting bacteria back home with you if you wear super tight clothing to the club. Jeans, t-shirts, tank tops—do what you gotta do to look good but wear clothes that will breathe. A good test is to ask yourself if your outfit would inspire your mother to tell you should you should dress more like a lady. If the answer is yes, you’re good to go.  Go change into something looser if the answer is no. Prevent acne from popping up under your bra by washing it after you go out. If your bra is too tight, you need to find one that fits. Have a professional measure your bra size the next time you go shopping. You never know. You could wind up going from a C to a D. Awesome bras.

Raising Hell

Everyone’s gotta go out from time to time and raise some hell, but don’t take your skin with you. Actually, please bring your skin with you but resurrect your pores by taking care of yo self.

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4 thoughts on “Check Yo Self–When Breakdancing Causes Breakouts

  1. When I go to vote for you the challenges are closed! How long do they stay open? Would really like to help you win.
    Jodie

  2. This is so true! A few months ago I started doing the Insanity Workout every day, and it was breakout-city! I couldn’t believe how much acne I got. I found that my regular skin care routine is just not enough after a workout, so I have to exfoliate, use a salicylic acid wash twice, then apply apple cider vinegar as toner, then spot treat with liquid salicylic acid, and finally use a benzoyl peroxide gel. It’s a complete pain to have such a lengthy routine, but after working out it’s the only thing that keeps me breakout free.

  3. Jasmine says:

    My problem is going to sleep without washing my face! I always forget )-:

  4. Hillary says:

    LITERALLY laughed out loud. Great post!

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