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If you’ve ever dealt with back, arm, or body acne, you’ve probably noticed that it’s much different than face acne. You may have your face skincare routine totally under control only to find that you’re still suffering from major “bacne” breakouts.
This can not only be a major back-baring buzzkill, but also a total confidence killer and source of physical discomfort.
Here’s what you should know about body acne and how to deal with it for good.
More often than not, back and body acne is actually caused by folliculitis or hair follicles that are clogged by bacteria, dirt, or sebum. Folliculitis is more likely to happen on your body because your body pores are larger than those on your face, so grime and oil can be more easily trapped inside.
Although this can happen pretty much anywhere on the body, folliculitis is most likely to occur on the back or chest because these areas of the body have more oil-producing glands.
Many contributing factors can make body acne more pronounced, including:
Consistent exfoliation can help slough off dead skin cells and draw out pore-clogging impurities. That said, there are a few tips to keep in mind:
Sometimes you just need a little extra something to help you banish a particularly stubborn spot. That’s where a great spot treatment comes into play. Look, specifically, for ingredients like:
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Wash your sheets, workout gear, and other tight-fitting clothes more regularly. Here, it’s better to over-do it that find you’re missing something.
Similarly, make sure you always shower right after a workout. Again, acne really loves sweaty skin, so letting that sweat sit on your skin - particularly if you’re wearing tight workout clothes - is a recipe for a breakout.
Your skin’s natural barrier is super important to healthy function (and no out-of-control bacne). But things like overly hot water, stripping body washes, synthetic chemicals, and harsh scrubbing can strip away natural oils and compromise your barrier, making body acne that much more likely.
Make sure that you include ingredients and practices that restore your barrier, including:
Sometimes your body needs a little extra TLC - and that’s where a back facial can come into play. Consider booking a treatment with your dermatologist or with an esthetician to get some professional extractions and deep cleaning.
It may seemlike sunburns and acne are two separate issues, but the reality is that sun exposure can actually make acne worse (and make post-acne hyperpigmentation even more noticeable). That’s why it’s important to regularly apply sunscreen as part of your acne-fighting regimen.
Look, in particular, for sunscreen formulations that were:
Ready to get started? You can find the AHAs and exfoliants you need to get rid of body acne in the Exfoliation Heroes Routine.