Is “Pumping Iron” your favourite movie? Is creatine an integral part of your diet? And do your biceps have the same circumference as your thighs? Impressive, dude! But skin hydration is important for you, too. Here’s why.
Excessive lifting can put real stress on your skin, which may not be able to expand as large and quickly as your self-confidence. So, rapidly lifting ever heavier weights will certainly expand your muscles, but it can do real damage to your skin. As a rule of thumb, the drier your skin, the more damage you can do. Ever heard of something called “stretch marks”? If not, just ask your fellow lifters at the gym.
We might weigh only a hundred pounds when soaking wet, but here is our weightlifting skin care advice: take it slow and hydrate well! It took Arnold Schwarzenegger years to become “Mr Universe”, so you don’t need to hurry either. Your skin will appreciate it.
Acne is another skin problem that is rather common among bodybuilders. Why is that? Well, we can all agree on one thing: building up muscles is certainly a manly thing to do (grunting permitted). That comes at a price, though. When your muscles grow, your testosterone level is going to rise, too. Testosterone is a hormone that stimulates the production of sebum, which may eventually result in more pimples.
What can you do about it? Well, since we’re talking about hormonal imbalances here, lotions and other men’s skin care tricks won’t cut it, we’re afraid. One thing though: extensive washing is generally not considered to help much. In fact, it damages the acid mantle of your skin and may thus have the exact opposite effect. So, restrain yourself and use pH-adjusted men’s skin care products. That’s the best advice we can give on that matter.