Hayley, I am super new to working out. I've got a good partner and I'm working out about 5-6 days a week. My skin hates me for it. I sweat A LOT, and now I keep breaking out. I have NEVER had back acne or neck acne before, but it is hitting me now. What do you suggest?!? (Besides a good shower, because obviously.)


I hear you! I have suffered from acne in very awkward places my entire life and I've never been able to fix it. Sweating daily at the gym, combined with bacteria and wearing Lycra is the perfect storm for unhappy skin.

I have tried everything; acne body washes, exfoliating, showering right after a workout, changing my clothing quickly and nothing has helped.

But your question could not have come at a better time as I just discovered the most amazing sponges last week. These sponges, called Konjac Sponges, are all natural and they work. Honestly.

I'm not a dermatologist and I do not know the science behind these products or why they work but I do know in one week the blackheads on my face are gone and my acne is disappearing. Click here to get all the details (including the science behind why they work).

If you shower after your workouts (which you should) plus shower before bed (as Lainey says we all must) and shower before work (because we can't go into the office smelling like sleep) that is a lot of irritation to your skin. Combine that with sweat, bacteria and abrasive clothing and body acne is just a given.

Swap the cleanser in your post workout shower as well as your post bed shower for these sponges (they don't need cleanser added to them as they gently cleanse the skin without it) and add cleanser to them in the morning. They are inexpensive (about $12) and will last 1 to 3 months if you take care of them.

I use the face sponge for tired skin (click here for details)  and I use the body sponge for oily skin (click here for details)  to help with body acne. There are other options so make sure you do your research on what is best for you but these sponges have been life changing.

Happy sweating!