Whether it affects your chest, back, buttocks or thighs, body acne is an unwelcome guest. Those who suffer from facial acne are very likely to develop body acne at some point in their life, and chances of development are increased by both genetics and lifestyle. Acne breakouts on the body are very similar to those found on the face; however, because the skin of the body often has a thicker density and larger pores, blemishes can become larger and more painful than facial lesions.
Acne may be developed anywhere on the body, other than the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Body acne can get out of control easily due to its likelihood of becoming irritated by clothing, sweat, and jewelry. In addition, acne-prone skin is also more prone to ingrown hairs, which causes acne skin to look even unhealthier.
The first step in preventing body acne and ingrown hairs alike is wearing comfortably loose, breathable fabrics, such as cotton. It is also important to shower as soon as possible after sweating, making sure to re-dress in clean, dry clothing. If you notice particularly problematic areas, make yourself aware of clothing habits that may be leading to extra breakouts. As an example, wearing tight jeans everyday may be causing leg acne, or a loose bra strap could be rubbing against the skin, leading to irritated and increased back acne.
Many skin care companies offer body skin care products specially formulated to treat acne on the body. These acne treatment products generally contain higher concentrations of the acne-fighting ingredients you already know and love, such as salicylic or glycolic acids. Using these products every morning, after exercise, or even before you go to bed at night will almost certainly reduce body breakouts. To build a regimen, begin with a body acne wash, a light moisturizer, and a spot treatment if necessary.
If you’re wearing proper clothing and using adult acne treatments, and your body acne still isn’t clearing up, your breakouts may be caused by an allergic reaction to your laundry detergent of fabric softener, or even your favorite beauty perfume. Removing common irritants, such as synthetic fragrances and harsh soaps, from your lifestyle may be a necessary step for healing and preventing your acne.
As always, it is recommended that you see your dermatologist for a professional diagnosis before beginning an acne treatment regimen. Although it is likely that blemishes found on the face and body are a form of acne or ingrown hair, it is always wise to seek the counsel of a medial professional.