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Body Acne Revisited

It’s unfortunate that acne isn’t limited to just our faces. I mean, it’s bad enough to have to deal with facial breakouts, but when you’re back, arms, chest, or derriere start sporting spots, it’s tough not to want to run head first off of a bridge.

Well, with summer officially kicking off this Monday, I’ve gotten a few emails from people wanting to know what to do about breakouts that go beyond the face. I’ve done a couple of posts on body acne before, but I shall save you newbies from skimming through the entire blog by bringing you up to speed with a quick recap:  
The exact cause of body acne remains unknown, but it has been proven that irritation makes it worse. Obviously, this means that anything rubbing against your skin is not good. Also, damp, sweaty clothing combined what an irritated skin will just aggravate your acne.

Therefore, avoiding things like tight fitting clothing, snug collars, backpacks, purse straps and athletic pads or gears is always a good idea. (Not always feasible, I know—but definitely worth the effort whenever possible)

Other simple solutions include wearing breathable cotton whenever possible. And if you get sweaty, change your clothing as soon as possible.  If you workout, time your workouts so that you have time to shower afterwards.

Speaking of showers, avoid scrubbing your skin harshly—even with your loofah or body puff. You want to avoid friction so a gentle cleansing is preferable, especially with a salicylic acid wash.
For mild body acne, a salicylic acid wash every day should help. Pads containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can be wiped over the affected areas as well. You can also use a lotion containing an alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic or lactic acid. Alpha hydroxy acid is a key ingredient because it helps speed up cell turnover. Plus, it exfoliates the skin and reduces the number of pore blockages. (More on AHA later)

Moderate to severe body acne is hard to control and is usually treated by a physician. In these cases, topical and oral medications are often prescribed.

Like facial acne, it may take a little trial and error to find what works best for you. If you guys find something that works great, let me know! Good Luck out there…


2 Responses

  1. hi pimplepeople,
    i suffer form forehead acne and i have to say that it’s not so good. I’ve prefered to have acne on other parts of my body 😦
    good luck!

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