How Bad Is It to Wear Makeup During a Workout?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: How bad is it to wear makeup during a workout?

Oz says: That depends on how good you want to look and feel tomorrow. It's worth sweeping your face with a cleansing cloth before you sweat, especially if you're prone to breakouts, says dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D. "In general, if you're wearing foundation and concealer, you're blocking pores. When you heat up, they become congested and can't let your sweat through properly," she says. The result: backups in your pores that create breakouts. And clean around your eyes, too. Eyeliner and shadow are often heavy and oil- or wax-based, which can lead to tiny cysts called milia around your peepers.

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If you can't stand to go into a mirrored gym without any makeup at all, waterproof mascara can stay on, Bowe says. And you can worry less about mineral makeup. This sits on the surface of the skin and has a lower chance of blocking pores than other makeup has. But your face likes your workout better bare.

This story originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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