If you’ve been interested in giving hot yoga a try, you may have been wondering does hot yoga make you break out? After all, nobody wants a spotty face putting a dampener on their “post-yoga glow.”
- Does Hot Yoga Make You Break Out?
- How To Stop Breakouts From Hot Yoga
Does Hot Yoga Make You Break Out?
In short – yes, hot yoga can cause breakouts. Hot yoga causes you to sweat profusely (something about performing intense asanas in 100+ degrees) and these bucketloads of sweat clog your pores, increase oil production, open pores and potentially cause breakouts.
Of course, just because hot yoga can cause your skin to break out, that doesn’t mean it will. Everyone’s skin responds differently – some people never experience a breakout despite doing hot yoga on the daily, while others may breakout after just one session.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH HOT YOGA BREAKOUTS (AND HEATSTROKE!)
I always remember my first hot yoga class. I was sweating profusely, felt like I was about to die and had an extremely strict teacher (who I now realize was dangerous and uneducated) who didn’t allow us to bring water bottles or towels into class.
After about 45 minutes of hell, being the rebel that I am, I decided I’d had enough. I stood up, rolled up my mat and walked out. I drove home and spent the entire night with the worst migraine headache I’d ever had – my whole body was aching and I felt like I might not make it through the night.
It turns out I had heatstroke. Thankfully, I was ok in the end but to add insult to injury, my face broke out like a 14-year-old going through puberty.
I avoided hot yoga like the plague for years and while I’m still not a hot yoga devotee, I have been to a few hot yoga classes since then (with teachers that actually allowed water!)
I’ve never had heatstroke again and I’ve never experienced another breakout. Here are my tips on how to stop breakouts from hot yoga.
How To Stop Breakouts From Hot Yoga
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to decrease the chances of your skin breaking out after hot yoga.
REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP
First, make sure you remove your makeup before class. Not only is makeup annoying and will literally slide off your face during hot yoga, it also increases your chances of clogged pores. When you’re sweating and your skin is producing excess oil, you want to let that sweat and oil escape and makeup is like a barrier that keeps it trapped.
KEEP YOUR SKIN DRY
I recommend bringing a small, clean towel to hot yoga class and using it to periodically pat the sweat off your face during class – this helps to stop excessive sweat and oil from clogging your pores.
USE YOUR OWN (CLEAN) YOGA MAT
Dirt and bacteria are two common culprits that can cause breakouts and they’re both prevalent on unclean yoga mats, which is why I always recommend bringing your own mat to yoga class.
Many studios offer rental mats which is great in a pinch, but it’s best to buy your own non-slip yoga mat that way you know exactly who’s hands and feet have been on it and you can keep it clean and sanitized.
I recommend cleaning your yoga mat after every practice using a gentle, natural cleaning solution.
WASH YOUR FACE AFTER CLASS
As soon as you get home from hot yoga class wash your face with warm water and a mild cleanser to remove sweat and oil buildup. This is one of the most important things to do if you want to avoid your skin breaking out from hot yoga!
DON’T WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES TWICE
You probably don’t want to wear the same clothes twice, give how sweaty and stinky they usually are after a hot yoga session, but just in case, I’ll add this tip – don’t wear your sweaty yoga clothes again.
The sweat, dirt and bacteria on your dirty clothes can cause breakouts when it comes into contact and rubs against your skin.
Skin Still Breaking Out Despite Taking The Above Precautions?
If your skin is still breaking out despite taking the above precautions then you may want to consider the following:
- Hot yoga may not be the best yoga style for you
- You may benefit from seeing a dermatologist
Despite having thousands of devotees, hot yoga isn’t for everyone (it’s certainly not my preferred style of yoga.) If you’re finding that you’re suffering constant breakouts from hot yoga, that doesn’t mean you should give up yoga entirely. It just means you need to find the best style of yoga for you – i.e. a non-heated class that doesn’t cause you to break out.
If you’re experiencing severe or painful breakouts, you may benefit from seeing a dermatologist. In addition, be aware of the possibility that your breakout may actually be a staph infection or MRSA and not just a pimple, as the conditions of hot yoga are perfect for staph and MRSA to thrive.