Sports Corner: Skin Care Tips for Athletes


Don’t let skin infections interfere with your game. Here are sport-related conditions and how to prevent them effectively.

Athletes should check their skin daily, especially those in high-risk sports, such as wrestling. Look for any changes, such as cuts, sores, redness, swelling and pus, and report any changes to your skin care provider at Trillium Creek Dermatology.

Without treatment, skin infections worsen. If you notice anything that itches, burns or is infected, make an appointment today!



Excessive sweating from helmets and shoulder pads can cause acne. Using a Benzoyl Peroxide wash in the shower helps to prevent acne.


Excessive sweating causes red bumps. Use a Salicylic Acid or Sulfo-Lo Antibacterial Cleansing Bar Soap.


Sharing clothes and helmets can spread lice to your scalp and body.



Pores get water logged from hours of swimming. Dry them out with a Benzoyl Peroxide wash and hydrate and protect the skin twice a day with a moisturizing lotion.

Dry, Discolored Hair

Pool chemicals can be hard on hair. Rinse hair immediately after swimming and wash hair with both shampoo and conditioner. HH Science Detox Shampoo is recommended.


Hydrate and protect the skin twice a day with a moisturizing cream and cleanser.

Soccer and Tennis

Sun Poisoning

Calendula gel and Aspirin are effective treatments. To prevent sun poisoning while playing soccer or tennis, always use a long-lasting SPF 50+ lotion that is sweat and water proof along with staying hydrated.


Acne can be effectively prevented by using a Benzoyl Peroxide cleanser daily.

Miliaria – Sweat Bumps

Miliaria can be effectively prevented by using a Salicylic cleanser daily or Sulfo-Lo Cleansing Bar.

Cross Country


Corn pads can be worn for calluses. They can be pared down with a file and prevented by wearing wide, comfortable shoes.

Athlete’s Foot

To prevent this fungal infection, rotate your shoes and let them dry before running in them again. Fungal infections are treated with Lamisil cream applied daily. Severe cases may need an oral Lamisil prescription.



This highly contagious infection needs to be treated quickly with a triple antibiotic cream. Using a Benzoyl Peroxide cleanser after each wrestling meet can help prevent impetigo from occurring. Oral antibiotics are often needed.


This highly contagious virus must be treated orally with Valtrex.


This fungal infection is treated with oral Lamisil until completely cleared up. To prevent ringworm from occurring, use a Benzoyl Peroxide wash after each wrestling meet.


This highly itchy and contagious condition must be treated with oral Stromectol. Avoid sharing items to reduce spreading.


A contagious virus that can be removed at home and then washed with soapy water but must often be treated in office.


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