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Top 3 Skincare Tips for Swimmers (2022)
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a cartoon deer on the internet with a background in chemistry and a hyperfixation on skin. This is not medical advice.
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As we’re heading into summer, I’m sure we are all spending increasingly more time in the pool.
Realistically though, 90% of y’all are gym bros that swim regularly as a low-impact form of cardio, so you should read this anyways.
Chlorine is an antimicrobial agent which is great for keeping pools clean, but regular contact with it can be rather irritating to the skin.
To minimize your chances of irritation and/or developing contact dermatits, I recommend doing the following:
Before Getting in the Pool
Protect more vulnerable areas of your skin like your lips, the skin around your eyes, and wounds in the process of healing with an occlusive like Vaseline
For those of you who prefer to avoid petroleum jelly (can’t relate, I slather myself in the stuff like a slug), this could be an option
After Getting Out of the Pool
Rinse yourself off as soon as possible
When you get home, shower in cool water and replenish your skin with lipids through a moisturizer.
The biggest issue regular swimmers will face is likely contact dermatitis.
You could try relieving the irritation with an over-the-counter topical steroid, but if you’re experiencing prolonged dermatitis, it’s a good idea to visit a dermatologist.
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