When you’ve finished your last set of reps or laps around the track, the only thing you should be thinking of is how great you feel after a workout—not worrying about a sweat-induced breakout! Unless you want to use acne as a reason to avoid the gym (you’d never do that!), there are a few steps you can take to avoid those red bumps and splotches on your face after exercising.

Skip the Makeup

Post-workout acne breakouts occur due to the mixing of sweat and oil on your face. All those bacteria and dead skin cells clog up your pores and cause major acne. Take the first step to prevent this by making sure you start your workout with absolutely no makeup on. “No Makeup” makeup looks aren’t any better either.

Blot, Don’t Rub!

Rubbing your face is a harmful habit that many people forget to break. Not only does rubbing or wiping vigorously irritate your skin, it also makes the skin around your eyes look older and contributes to bacteria buildup. Gently pat your skin with a clean towel instead.

Keep It Clean

Using your own yoga mat, towel and other small equipment is a must. If you have to borrow gym equipment, then wipe it down before and after use. If you wear headbands or caps after exercising, use them only once before throwing them in the washer. Don’t forget to gently wash your face and take a shower after every workout, too!

Lighten Up (Your Clothing!)

The clothes you wear do make a difference. If your workout attire is made of synthetic fabric, it’ll keep moisture locked in—which is a big no-no. You should choose clothing that’s light and made of natural fabrics to allow your skin to breathe.

Friction Free

For active people who are into sports that need helmets, hats and other gear that rubs against your skin, fit it so that it’s snug and won’t cause friction. If possible, place cotton fabric or another natural fabric between the equipment and your skin. This is to avoid acne breakouts due to sweat and friction. The term ‘acne mechanica’ is used for pimples that are due to rubbing materials filled with bacteria like sweaty gear, towels, hats and other items against your skin. If you wear a hat when you go for a run, make sure you wear a clean one every time!

These are some of the essential tips you need to remember in order to make sure your skin is acne-free and fresh after every workout. Now work that post-workout glow!