If you’re an acne sufferer and spend a lot of your time making sure your face is spot free, then you’re probably going to want to make sure your body is looking the same.
Body acne, whether it’s on your back, chest or shoulders can be just as bad as facial acne, especially in the summer when you can’t hide under your high necks and long sleeves. Many sufferers often find themselves standing in front of the mirror pondering the causes of body acne, as well as what to do about it.
Body acne and facial acne have many of the same causes which include; hormonal sensitivity, bacteria, comedogenic products on the skin and genetics but there are some differences as to how it’s formed.
Below are some possible causes, as well as some tips for clearing up the issue once and for all.
1. Shampoo Residue
If hair products are not washed away properly this can trigger a breakout as the ingredients clog your pores. Shampoo contains a lot of pore-clogging ingredients like sulphates, heavy moisturizing agents, and silicones, according to Carly Cardellino at Cosmopolitan. When it’s not washed away properly, you can get acne along the hairline, as well as on your back and shoulders. Shampooing before you wash your body can help avoid a bacne breakout. Applying Aknicare Chest and Backimmediately after your shower is the guaranteed clear back solution.
2. Tight Clothing
Tight clothing can also be a result of a nasty breakout on your body. Wee explains how body acne can be caused by acne mechanica which is a result of factors such as pressure, friction, and rubbing on the back that may contribute to acne. For example, acne can be seen more frequently on the body under tight fitting garments. In order to avoid this, keep tight clothing, such as tight sports bras, jeans, and exercise tops to a minimum.
3. Fabric Softener
The chemicals in fabric softeners can irritate your skin so be sure to wash to your clothes to keep dirt and oil away from your skin but avoid using fabric conditioner in case of an acne breakout.
4. Not Exfoliating
Forgetting to wash or exfoliate your back is more common than you may think according to Mona Gohara M.D. In order to avoid any body acne breakouts be sure to scrub and exfoliate your body just as you would your face.
5. Gym Sweat
It is important not to let sweat sit on your skin, if sweat and dirt is left to linger, this can result in a body acne breakout. Make sure to shower straight after exercising to avoid any breakouts of your back, chest and shoulders.
6. Dirty Sheets and Pillow Cases
If you’re showering before bed but sleeping in the same dirty sheet then you’re essentially rolling around in a bed full of dirt and oil and making your skin dirty again – another trigger for a body acne breakout. Washing your sheets regularly can avoid this problem and help with clearing up your body acne. Dana Oliver suggests sleeping on natural fibres as these materials breathe better and transfer less oil.
7. Perfume Oils
Where you spray your perfume could be another reason for body acne, spraying it on your chest and neck could be the reason you’re breaking out in these areas. As the oils in perfumes can clog your pores, it is a better idea to spray your perfume of less-acne prone areas of the body.
8. Body Lotion
Switch to a non-comedogenic brand if you notice a breakout after applying your body lotion. This won’t clog your pores and trigger a breakout.
9. Hand Lotion
Applying hand lotion before bed and falling asleep on your hands or curling them up to your chest can be another reason for body acne. Wearing moisturising gloves at night can keep the lotion on your hands and avoid any acne breakouts on other parts of your body.
10. The Sun
With the warmer weather comes more sweat and this excess oil can trigger an acne breakout. Always make sure you’re wearing SPF and washing regularly.
11. Your Genes
According to Gohara, some people are just predisposed to body acne but there are topical treatments to help clear it up. We recommend our Aknicare range as it is an Acne Treatment Range which has a superb antibacterial action without using antibiotics. It stops new spots forming and has a spot reducing & calming action. Aknicare reduces oil by an average of 53%. This range also offers a Chest and Back treatment, an easy to use spray which can be used upside down, not necessary to rub the solution in it; self absorbs and does leave any residue, designed to treat even the most acute acne, use twice a day and after a shower.
If you make these changes to your routine then you’re likely to achieve clear skin.