5 Ways To Cope With Body Acne Effectively
First world problems – body acne. It can be frustrating to have to deal with body acne, regardless of chest acne or back acne (bacne, yes there’s a term for that so it must be that popular). That one body acne will dash all your dreams of wearing that low-cut gown for the upcoming wedding or any bikini-worthy music festivals and we know how you feel. So how exactly does one deal with body acne and how do they form?
How does body acne form?
We’re cutting out all the scientific terms here but just like the acne on your face, body acne needs the same recipe for building up its base. A combination of a high concentration of oil glands, acne-causing bacteria, and excess dead skin cells are the basics for acne growth. When oil and dead skin cells on that part of the body/ face get trapped in the pore, the pore turns into a dirt-trapped blackhead which when inflamed, will turn into an acne pimple.
Coupled with the humidity and warm weather, your body will soon produce acne outbreaks on top of the last few ones which had just subsided.
So how can I lose all these body acne quickly?
We know that it’s hard to resist the urge to pop them all but remember that that is not the solution to the problem. Popping them may result in scarring and we would like to avoid that. Below are some steps to prevent acne growth and keep them at bay:
5 Important tips to prevent body acne
1. Take your showers regularly and immediately post-gym
Always change out of your sweaty clothes first if you do not have access to any shower facilities after a good sweat. Regardless of the form of exercise you’ve just done, prolonged wear in sweaty clothes will leave room for bacteria to develop due to clogged pores. Every minute counts here so if you’re out of options, try using some anti-bacterial wipes to do a general clean down and make sure you always wipe away your sweat during the workout. Rinse immediately when you get home with cleansers formulated to help combat body acne. Applicable also during cold wintry seasons when you thought that it’s okay to wear back your last #ootd.
2. Exfoliate to prevent body acne
Exfoliate gently and use a gentle scrub. Remember, you do not want to go all aggressive on your already inflamed skin with body acne because all that excessive strength is not going to scrub the acne away but irritate them further. Exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells and reduce buildup bacteria that clogs the pores. Lastly, invest in a washcloth that can help you reach your back and change it monthly.
3. Switch out your diet
Avoid foods that cause hormonal imbalances and trigger breakouts. Spicy and oily food, dairies, and food high in sugar have the ability to do just that. Also, drink up to 8 glasses of water daily to flush out the toxins in your body. Over time, you will notice a change-up in your complexion and an improvement in your body acne. You are what you eat, ’nuff said.
4. Using spot treatments for body acne
Opt for topical treatments while practicing the above pointers. Spot treatments can target specific acne points and give it the treatment it needs to subside. The moment when you feel like a pimple is about to surface on your skin, apply topical creams such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to bring it down. Do note that benzoyl peroxide could bleach your clothes so wear a top that you have no issues with. Also, don’t forget to do a patch test to check for allergies before you go crazy with the cream and always read the labels for application instructions.
If OTC creams are not your cup of tea, give natural remedies such as tea tree oil, mud, charcoal, cinnamon and honey a try. Remember, results differ per person so if one doesn’t have any effect on you, try another!
5. Seek Professional Help
There’s no shame in seeking help from a professional dermatologist to cope with the problem when you’ve done about enough. When you’ve seen little or no improvements to your condition, the dermatologist could save you time and money in the long run as opposed to purchasing everything over-the-counter on your own.
While you’ll be glad to learn that body acne usually appears on the upper half of the body and your back due to the high production of sebaceous glands, there are still plenty of places where these nasties could pop out and that includes your face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and even on your butt (a buttne they call it). Know that it is a common body condition and you are not dealing with it alone. Work on it based on the given tips above and you’ll be on your way to that beautiful backless dress in no time!