Most of the dance schools in which I danced did not have a comfortable changing room where I could shower or at least change into dry clothes after dance class. Or, even if there was one, I was too lazy to take the time to change. “It’s a short ride home” or “I’m not so sweaty anymore” was my excuse. Are you thinking “yep, that’s me” right now? If so, keep reading:
Bacteria and yeast tend to rub off onto your clothing, especially after you sweat. They love a humid environment and will multiply, which leads to smellier odors and potentially skin irritation or infection. When damp clothing sticks to your body, it can trap bacteria and dirt in your pores causing red bumps and potentially cystic body acne or irritated hair follicles (red spots on your butt, back, and legs). And let’s not forget chafing of wet clothes against your body, causing uncomfortable skin irritation and rashes.
To avoid all this you can a) wipe the sweat off with a towel during or at least after workout b) change into dry clothes immediately after workout c) take a shower after a workout (if there is one) and put on dry and clean clothes.