So glad to find this site!
I recently started running as part of recovery from a physical injury, but my skin looks awful after I finish. I'm running a shady route after 7 pm, with sunscreen, hat, water break, even ice cubes in a bandanna around my neck. I cool down with a cool wet cloth on my face, drink ice water, and take a cool shower when I'm back. I wash my face with Eucerin anti-redness cleanser and put my Rx (Metrogel) and some lotion on my face right after.
But even with all this care, for an hour after running, I'm not only bright red--redder than I've seen anyone else get, and all around the margins, not just the cheeks--but my skin looks withered and almost pitted, like there's some kind of swelling or even shrinking(?) reaction going on. It goes down, but I've only noticed this withery/pitted appearance lately, and I'm thinking it might be a cumulative effect of running for the past two and a half months.
If so, that's enough to make me quit. I would love to find a way to keep running, but I don't want to do lasting damage to my face. It just makes me sad to look at it--like my skin is 20 years older than I am (early 30s).
Do you have this kind of textural reaction to running? And if so, what is it? Does it progress?