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8 Easy Tips to Get Rid of Body Acne

Body acne is a serious issue, learn how you can get rid of it quickly

Although body acne is much easier to cover up than face acne, it can still be painful and difficult to deal with. If you struggle with body acne, you’re not alone. It’s an extremely common skin condition. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to treat and prevent body acne. Here are 8 reliable and effective tips to help you get rid of body acne.

What Is Body Acne?

Body acne is very similar to face acne. It’s caused by clogged pores and hair follicles, which lead to blackheads, pimples, and bumps on your skin. Body acne often flares up with heat, humidity, sweat, and friction. This is why it’s more common on the back, chest, shoulders, and buttocks. 

Body acne on your back is especially common. Some even call it “bacne”. However, body acne can appear anywhere on your body.

What Causes Body Acne?

The cause of body acne is the same as face acne. Ultimately, it’s the combination of four different circumstances:

  • Overactive oil glands
  • Clogged pores or hair follicles
  • Excessive growth of acne-triggering bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P acnes)
  • The body’s inflammatory response

Understanding how acne forms is crucial to fighting it. Reducing the effects of these components is the key to get rid of current acne. And it can also help you prevent future blemishes from occurring. 

8 Tips to Get Rid of Body and Back Acne

A lot of companies offer “miracle cures” for body acne. But, most dermatologists agree that simpler treatments are often more effective. Try these eight reliable tips to target the root cause of body acne. 

1. Don’t Pop or Pick Body Acne

As tempting as it may be, don’t pop or pick at your body acne. You can make the inflammation worse, or even introduce infection by breaking open the skin. When you pop acne, the pigmentation during healing can lead to discoloration, aka hyperpigmentation. This takes a lot of time to fade. Worst case, you can even cause permanent scarring to your skin.

2. Use Gentle Scrubs Only

Using a harsh physical scrubber or brush won’t “unclog” the pores or follicles. In fact, excessive exfoliation can make your body acne worse. Your acne can get even more infected when the skin barrier gets compromised. Avoid scrubs with walnut shells or nutshells. These often cause microscopic abrasions of skin.

Gentle scrubs or a soft muslin cloth can exfoliate your skin enough to unclog your pores and remove the dead skin cells. But, they don’t cause damage to your skin.

3. Choose the Right Moisturizer

If you have body acne, you have to be careful with what products you use. Massage oils and thick body creams can clog your pores even more. Keep in mind that most over-the-counter body products have not been tested for pore-clogging or “comedogenicity”.

But, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t moisturize. Use a light, oil-free moisturizer. Hydrating your skin can prevent acne and bacne. Plus, your well-hydrated skin will feel softer!

4. Wear Light and Breathable Clothing

Clothes made of thick, non-breathable or chemically treated fabric can make your acne worse. Tight clothes that create friction can do the same. If your skin can’t breathe, the excess sweat and oil just stay right on top of your skin. And that can cause your body acne to flare up.

To treat and prevent body acne, wear light, loosely fit, and breathable clothing. Clothes made of natural fibers and fabrics designed to wick moisture away are especially effective in preventing body acne.

5. Shower Immediately After Sweating

If you work out regularly, make sure you change out of your sweat-soaked tank tops or tights immediately. Sweat combined with oil causes breakouts and prompts bacterial overgrowth.

Having a shower and fresh clothes after working out won’t just feel amazing. It’s also great for your pores. This step is especially important to treat and prevent body acne.

However, be careful of how hot and long your shower is. Taking too long or too hot showers can also make your body acne worse. Spending too much time in the shower can over-strip the natural oil of your skin. To restore balance, your body will excessively produce oil, which can result in more acne as well.

It's crucial to change clothes and shower after working out if you have body acne.

6. Avoid Chocolate and Skim Milk

For some, this may be the hardest step. The two known food groups that worsen acne are chocolates and skim milk. That’s because carbohydrates affect your insulin and blood sugar levels. But, carbs and dairy aren’t the only two food components you need to be careful with.

If you have acne-prone skin, watch out for iodine in food and vitamins. For athletes and body-builders, illicit steroid supplements are a known cause of acne. The quality of your food is also important. For example, omega-6 fatty acids in fast food can also worsen acne. 

The role of a high glycemic (carbohydrate-heavy) diet in acne and body acne is still controversial. However, it’s better for your overall health to eat more fruit and vegetables. You should also avoid refined carbohydrates.

7. Wash Your Pillowcases and Bed Sheets

Your pillowcases and bedsheets collect the oil, skin cells, and bacteria from your skin. Washing them once or twice a week is crucial to fight body acne and bacne. If you have sensitive skin, avoid using fabric softener and dryer sheets. These chemicals can clog your pores and cause even more acne.

8. Talk to a Dermatologist

Body acne can quickly get out of hand. Clogged pores and skin bacteria spread quickly and may cause permanent damage to your skin. That’s why you should let a trained professional advise on your skin care routine.

To get personalized skin care advice from experienced dermatologists, choose BIALife. We recommend the best products against acne based on your skin type, lifestyle, and budget. Fight body acne with a skin care ritual you can trust. Plus, you can get medical-grade skin care products delivered right to your door!

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With love, Janelle & Shasa

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