4 Simple Skin Care Tips for Athletes

WRITTEN BY: Dermatology
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

1. Skin Care in the Sun

Sunscreen is not just for the summer, and not just for sunny days.

The sun can burn your skin in the winter and on cloudy days alike. Check out our Sunscreen 101 guide for more information on how to protect yourself from UV and UVB rays.

Apply sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before heading outside. You may want to consider using sport sunscreen, which is typically sweat-proof.

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Make sure to reapply if you’re outside for a while, and especially if you are in the water. You may also want to consider UV-protective clothing for an extra layer of coverage.

2. Rain and Snow Skin Care

Training in rain or snow? Try to dress in fabrics that dry quickly, such as synthetics. Stay away from cotton, especially cotton socks, which can trap moisture and blister the skin. If it’s chilly, make sure you quickly change into dry clothing post-workout.

3. Wind and Skin

When it’s cold and breezy, the wind can dry out your skin, reddening the surface and causing it to feel a lot like sunburn.

If you are heading out to run, ski, or snowshoe, try to cover exposed areas of skin. Moisturizing can also prevent the effects of this wind burn. And if you do get wind burn, apply lotion often to help your skin regain its moisture.

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4.  Other Essential Tips for Great Skin

  • Drink plenty of water to keep you and your skin well-hydrated.
  • Apply petroleum jelly or an anti-chafe lotion to areas where skin and clothing may rub together and cause irritation.
  • Hit the showers as soon as you’re done training. This helps clean off sweat, dirt, and grime and keep your pores refreshed.


The Department of Dermatology at UPMC diagnoses and treats all kinds of skin diseases and dermatologic conditions. The Department offers services and information in the areas of general dermatology, medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, cutaneous oncology, and cosmetic dermatology. Read More