Your Running Issues Answered

Q: When I run long, I end up with salt crusted on my face and brows. Are there any products that can prevent this?

A: "This is quite common as some runners have saltier sweat than others," says Dr. Jeannette Graf, board-certified dermatologist and author of Stop Aging and Start Living. To avoid crusted eyebrows, swipe a thin layer of petroleum jelly along your brows to prevent salt from accumulating.

Give yourself a wipe down with a wet towel post-run to alleviate a salty situation. Graf says the best advice is to "make sure that you drink enough water so that you keep your electrolytes in a normal range."

Q: The more I run, the more breakouts I have on my face. I'm 54 and am at my wit's end.

A: Age has nothing to do with it, and you're not alone! For active women, breakouts can be an occupational hazard. "When you run, oil and sweat from the scalp drip down on your face," explains Graf. This process can clog pores and lead to breakouts. She recommends stashing astringent pads in your pocket to "periodically swab away the oil and sweat." We like Yes to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads ($8, yestocarrots.com), which have salicylic acid to remove impurities.

Graf also says to keep your hair off your face and avoiding occlusive hats and forehead sweatbands. "At home, wash with a cleanser containing salicylic acid and exfoliate your skin gently several times weekly." Graf recommends Glytone Acne Self Foaming Cleanser ($39, glytone-usa.com) for daily use.

Q: How soon after a pedicure can I go running?

A: There's no danger in a post-pedi run—aside from smudging your polish. To ensure your feet stay looking fresh, Archer recommends waiting at least two hours before running.

For runners, it's always advisable to practice pedicure smarts. Never let your nail technician shave down calluses. "A callus is your body's response to friction, a way of protecting itself," Archer ex?plains. Instead, use only a pumice stone to exfoliate. Archer advises bringing your own stone to avoid potential infection from contaminated instruments. We like Sally Hansen Soften Your Step Ceramic Stone and Brush ($5, ulta.com).

Q: I am a well-endowed runner. Since I sweat a lot, I have started to break out in the chest area. How can I stop this?

A: Managing sweat can be especially tricky for large-breasted women. Graf says, "Moisture gets locked under the breasts and in the cleavage area." Tight-fitting workout gear can exacerbate this problem, as it traps right on the skin the impurities your body is trying to expel.

Graf recommends keeping your chest as dry as possible. The first step is to use an antiperspirant like Avalon Organics Silky Cornstarch Baby Powder ($10, avalonorganics.com) around breasts. Next, wear a breathable moisture-wicking base under heavier gear. Post-run, change out of your sweaty clothes as soon as possible. Hop into the shower and scrub using a gentle exfoliating body wash, such as Aveeno Daily Detoxifying Scrub ($7, drugstores).

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Marisa Walker is a health, beauty and lifestyle writer based in New York City.

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