• Tips on how to clear body acne

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    back and body acne treatmentAcne can develop anywhere on the body, except areas that don’t have any sebaceous glands, like the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet. Sebaceous glands are most abundant on the face and the scalp but they are also distributed throughout the entire body. Although sebum naturally acts to protect the skin, it can also cause a few disorders like acne. When the follicle is clogged, it leads to inflammations and breakouts – and they occur wherever these sebaceous follicles exist. 

    Body acne usually forms on the back, chest, neck, shoulders and arms. It is triggered by the same factors as facial acne and generally it can be treated with the same acne solutions used on the face. However, body skin is different and has larger pores than the face, so there are some different things to consider:

     

    1. Clothing: Don’t wear tight clothes and synthetic fibers; this will help avoid irritation and keep skin clear. Natural fibers and soft materials are the most suitable for problem skin. It is important to change your clothes if you sweat and have the showers right after each workout session. Whatever you’re wearing, make sure you let your skin breathe. Scarves can collect dirt so make sure you wash them frequently to avoid chest acne. When washing your clothes, don’t use fabric softener: the fragrance and the residue it leaves on the fibers can exacerbate the inflammation of your blemishes.

    2. Backpacks: These are the enemy of back acne. Wear your backpack as little as possible until your back acne heals; wear it on one shoulder if possible and avoid big sized backpacks.

    3. Cleansing: Choose gentle cleansers and not regular soap bars that dry out the skin and irritate breakouts even more. Special acne body washes are your best choice. Avoid long, hot showers. Warm baths prove helpful because warm water loosens dead skin cells and helps keep your pores clear.

    4. Exfoliating: It is important to exfoliate the skin of these parts of the body as well. You can use the facial AHA/BHA exfoliators like Glycolic acid, Lactic acid or Salicylic acid.

    5. Bathing accessories: do not use irritating material like body brushes, abrasive washing gloves, loofahs and granulated scrubs. Choose soft materials and make sure you clean the body cloth really well after each use. It is best if you wash the problem areas only with your hands.

    6. Treating: You can apply topical acne creams on your body. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salycylic Acid and Sulfur can speed up healing. All natural remedies for facial acne can work for body as well. Aloe, vitamin E or zinc applied topically or taken internally can improve this condition.

    7. Moisturizing: Don’t forget to moisturize! Blemished skin needs optimum hydration to regenerate. Don’t use your traditional body creams which often have comedogenic ingrediens and fragrance; instead opt for a non comedogenic, light moisturizer – the one you’re using on your face or one specially designed for body acne problems.

    8. Nutrition: your body needs optimal hydration and the essential nutrients for the skin. Poor nutrition and dehydration can worsen any type of acne.

    9. If your body acne is severe, talk to a doctor. Only a specialist can investigate and prescribe the best treatment for severe cases of acne.

    There can be many factors that irritate your body skin. If you notice you’re breaking out on your body at certain times or after wearing a certain sweater, try to make the necessary changes whenever possible. The most important rule is to avoid irritation and keep skin clean and hydrated.

     

     

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