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Before the Gym:
Step 1: Throw this in your bag.

Chances are your gym isn't washing its towels in the gentle, fragrance-free laundry soap you use at home. So if you have sensitive skin, put a towel from home in your gym bag. Residue from commercial detergents (like those gyms often use) on towels can lead to irritation and even contact dermatitis, says Lisa Airan, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York. And when you use the towel, pat—don't rub—to minimize further irritation.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.