Understanding skin issues experienced by athletes:
Perspiration is part of the body’s natural cooling mechanism. However, moisture is often trapped in shoes and socks, under toenails, in clothing, between skin folds or anywhere sweat glands function. Additionally, some exercise activities involve exposure to external moisture sources (think puddles, streams, standing water, rain, snow, etc.). Regardless of the source, this moisture will often super-saturate the skin, weakening it, making it susceptible to chafing, blisters, “hot spots”, calluses, dry skin, fungus, poor appearance, and associated discomforts. Normal daily activities can cause excess moisture buildup. However, it becomes much more pronounced when we exercise, and sweat.