Going on a bike ride is one of the most effective ways to keep fit and healthy. However, the long hours spent outdoors can lead to several skin problems, such as sun damage, skin chafing, saddle sores or cycling pimples, and acne.
The good news is that these skin problems can be prevented to minimize discomfort while cycling on your trendy beach cruiser bikes. Apart from being unsightly, cycling acne and pimples can be extremely painful, so it’s best to know what to do to keep them from coming up in the first place.
Cycling pimples or saddle sores are different from ordinary pimples as these spots can appear in other parts of the body, such as the inner thighs and the buttocks. Cycling acne, or acne mechanica, are pimples that are caused by heat, pressure on the skin, and skin friction.
The term saddle sore means problems in the area covered by cycling shorts due to ongoing pressure or chafing from the saddle. If you have tender spots that are red or pink and raised in an area that rubs your saddle, then you’ve definitely got saddle sores.
For some people, a saddle sore looks very much like a pimple or an ingrown hair. When saddle sores are in sensitive areas such as the thighs or the crotch, it can be excruciating to get on a bike.
Meanwhile, one of the most common causes of acne mechanica includes wearing a helmet with a chin strap or any equipment or gear that has straps. The friction created by the straps irritate the skin, which results in pimples.
Tight fitting clothing and headgear can also result in this skin problem, so if the spots on your forehead never seem to go away, it’s likely due to the heat and sweat that is constantly trapped under your helmet.
To prevent cycling acne or saddle sores, there is one product that stands out among the rest—chamois cream.
This cream has a thick consistency and is designed to prevent chafing and unwanted infections. A chamois cream may also be used to treat existing saddle sores and gives a cooling effect on the skin to alleviate the pain.
Apply the chamois cream liberally on any affected areas and allow the cream to absorb into the skin before getting dressed. You may also apply this cream onto your cycling shorts to give you extra protection.
While you’re letting your saddle sores heal, wear bicycle shorts made from soft materials, such as 100% cotton shorts. This will allow your skin to breathe and help your sores to heal faster.
As to how to prevent pimples and breakouts, here are a few things that you can do.
Like they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. When it comes to cycling related skin care problems, there are many things that you can do to prevent them from breaking out on your face and body.
By using the right products and making it a priority to apply them regularly before and after bike rides, you can have a clear and smooth complexion as well as a pain-free ride.
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