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Ask The Expert: What To Do About Football Acne?

(USE THIS PHOTO LEAD ON SPORTS) The battle for the Texas quarterback position seems to start with incumbent starter Tyrone Swoopes, right, as backup Jerrod Heard, left, is pushing for playing time this year. Texas head coach Charlie Strong leads his team during a fast-paced practice as the Longhorn football team held an open practice and fan appreciation day at Darrel K. Royal memorial Stadium Sunday August 9, 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Q: My face barely had any acne before we got helmets and pads on. Now my back and face are getting worse every day. What can I do to fix this?

A: This type of acne (called acne mechanica) is something I see all the time in my clients who play football for UT (go ‘Horns!) and other state schools. 

On their face, football players get what I call “chin strap acne” along the chin, jaw, outer cheeks and forehead.

On their back, it’s mainly on the shoulders. It’s caused by stinky, dirty, sweaty pads and helmets that aren’t clean and are growing bacteria, which then rubs against the skin and causes acne.

Follow These Best Practices:

  • Line your helmet with sewn-together layers of washable felt attached with velcro (and change it often).
  • Start every practice/game with a clean helmet and gear.
  • Wear a sweatband.
  • When you’re not on the field or there is a timeout, take your helmet off and pour water on your face.
  • Keep a box of alcohol pads in your locker and whenever practice is over, wipe down your chin pad and ear pads.
  • Wipe down your face and body with Exfoliating Toner after practice to de-grease until you can get home to shower.
  • Wash your face twice per day and after sweating with Clearing Wash. Scrub your shoulders, chest and back at least once per day (preferably twice) and after sweating with Clearing Scrub. Both have anti-bacterial ingredients and are a 2-in-1 cleanser and acne treatment.
  • Adding sulfur to your benzoyl peroxide will work on the oil as well as the bacteria, and both are in our Overnight Treatment.
  • Watch that your protein sources don’t come from dairy or peanuts. Drink almond milk instead of cow’s milk and eat almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter.
  • Purchase Opti-Zinc supplements. Take 90 mg. (three capsules) every day to reduce the red, inflamed acne that people can see.
  • Get the plugs extracted by an acne expert!

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