Anabolic steroids are guaranteed to provide impressive results when it comes to increasing mass, building muscle, and improving overall athletic performance. Unfortunately, they’re also guaranteed to entail side effects. One of the most common of these is acne. Those using these products may develop acne on the face, chest, arms, buttocks, neck, or back. These breakouts can range from harmless, whiteheads to massive, cystic pimples. Not only can this development diminish a person’s self-confidence, but if it’s allowed to spiral out of control, it can also become quite painful and may lead to secondary infections. The following are a few tips to help you mitigate and even avoid these uncomfortable outbreaks.
Follow Manufacturer Dosing Instructions
The absolute best way to mitigate side effects when taking anabolic steroids is by following the dosing instructions of the product manufacturer. You may see several product reviews in bodybuilding forums that suggest increasing the dosage for faster and more noticeable results. This, however, is a bad idea. Product manufacturers know just how their supplements are likely to affect the human physique. Exceeding the limits that they’ve set will increase your likelihood of liver toxicity, high blood pressure, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and painful acne. Thus, you should always maintain a moderate dosing schedule while letting your efforts in the gym do the rest. Moreover, if acne does become an issue, consider lowering your dose until your skin clears. This is especially important to do if you develop large, cystic bumps on the back and the chest, rather than minor whiteheads.
Wax Rather Than Shave
Many people who develop acne while bodybuilding is quick to attribute this development to anabolic steroids. In reality, however, it could be mere follicle irritation as the result of poor hair removal strategies. Rather than dragging a sharp blade across the dermis once every few days, have your skin professionally waxed instead. This is a lot less likely to cause follicle irritation. More importantly, it only has to be one once every two to three weeks. It will also make your hair grow in thinner, more beautiful, and lighter, thereby making it easier to remove without irritation in the future.