How to Prevent Body Acne When You're Sweating All Day

As a dancer, you probably spend the majority of your time donning a leotard and sweating it out in the studio. But constantly wearing tight, sweaty fabrics can take a toll on your skin.

"Body acne is caused by the same factors that trigger acne on the face: overactive oil glands, dead skin cells that block pores, and a buildup of acne-causing bacteria on the skin's surface," says Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. She also notes that some people are naturally more prone to acne than others because of their hormones.


So what can a dancer do to keep bacteria from clogging their pores? Jaliman recommends these tips:

1. Wear breathable fabrics to the studio, such as cotton or cotton-based materials. Always avoid polyester.

2. Showering soon after exercise is the best way to make sure there's no leftover bacteria on the skin, but that isn't always a feasible option for dancers. Instead, bring a change of clothes if you have multiple rehearsals in one day, and try wiping down your sweaty skin with organic baby wipes between sessions.

3. When you can get to a shower, Jaliman recommends washing with an antibacterial soap with salicylic acid in it, which helps treat acne inflammation, or using a toner with glycolic acid, which helps unclog pores. For an even deeper clean, try using a deep cleansing brush system, such as a Clarisonic.

4. If your body acne is persistent or uncontrollable, consider talking to a dermatologist about going on a hormone-blocking medication such as Spironolactone. In the meantime, don't let imperfect skin affect your confidence on or off the stage—it's a more common problem than you'd think.

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After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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