So what exactly is body acne? Body acne is pretty much the same as the acne we see on our faces, but what makes it more problematic is that it covers more areas and occurs in areas that are difficult to reach and treat.
Just like our acne on the face, body acne occurs due to non-dead dead skin cells that connect with oil glands to clog our pores on the body. This creates an environment on your skin where the acne causing bacteria can grow and form those pesky little bumps on our bodies.
Why does it choose upper body areas like our back and chest?
The skin of our upper body, especially our back, is thicker compared to the rest of our body and they are also full of oil-producing glands. These oil glands work with any dead skin cells and lead to acne.
What causes body acne?
Some common causes of acne are:
Genetics: Acne can sometimes be hereditary. Body acne can be part of your genes and run in your family.
Medication: Many medications, especially antidepressants, are known to have acne as a side effect.
Hormones: Hormonal changes are a common cause of acne in our teenage years. In post-puberty women, pimple breakouts can be associated with hormonal changes that occur during menstruation and pregnancy.
Sweat. Sweat is a major cause of body acne. It can clog pores and lead to acne. And when sweat occurs in tight clothing, it can make acne much worse.
Stress. Stress is not a direct cause of acne, but it could help.
Unhealthy Diet: The types of foods you eat can also affect your acne. Research from the American Academy of Dermatology shows that certain foods like dairy products, potato chips, and white bread can also be triggers for acne.
How can you prevent and get rid of body acne?
Now for the most important part of today’s video on how to get rid of body acne.
1. Wear loose fitting clothing:
Tight clothing can trap heat and sweat on your skin, which can cause your body to break out for hours. Tight clothing also creates a lot of friction, which is very inviting with acne. So always opt for loose-fitting clothing that lets your skin breathe and doesn’t trap sweat.
2. Wash your bedding regularly
If someone tells me they have acne on their face, I advise them to change their pillowcases regularly to prevent oil and dirt from your pillow from getting onto your skin. To avoid acne, please also try to wash your bed linen regularly. If you clean your sheets regularly, your pores won’t stay clogged.
3. Look out for panthenol
This is something that many just don’t know about. Panthenol is also known as vitamin B5 and is used in many skin care and hair care products, but the percentage of panthenol in skin care products is very low for it to be harmful. Since it is an excellent moisturizer, the percentage of hair shampoos and conditioners tend to be a little too high. Too much panthenol can cause acne in some people.
So try to keep an eye on the list of ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner, and buy hygiene products without panthenol. This could help with breakouts in your body
4. Shower regularly
Excessive oil is the number one cause of back and chest acne. Some people, especially those with oily skin, tend to produce a lot of oil all over their bodies. Since oil is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, try to shower as often as possible. And if, like me, you live in wet weather, try bathing twice a day. This will reduce your body’s breakout by controlling the oil and keeping your skin clean. Also, ALWAYS shower after your workout or use a mild detergent to wash off any sweat you’ve worked up. This is the simplest technique for controlling your body acne.
5. Opt for antibacterial detergents
Antibacterial soaps are very helpful in properly cleansing the skin of dirt, sweat, and oil and ultimately fighting the bacteria that can cause the acne breakouts.
While looking for a good body cleanser, try to find one that is sulfate-free and contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is really good for fighting acne and cleaning the skin without drying it out first.
6. Eat healthy
You really are what you eat. Please focus on what you are building into your body as it will eventually appear on your skin in one way or another. I suggest you focus on healthy foods and lifestyle in order to maintain healthy skin.
I hope you now have a better understanding of body acne and my hacks will also help you get rid of body acne. If you need a life coach to guide you on a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can have a private class with me.
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