Acne does not discriminate when it comes to where it may appear on your body!
While we are all aware of face acne, body acne is a very real thing as well! Back, arms, bum you name it. If it is covered in skin, acne can make an appearance. Back acne is so common it even has it’s own title: bacne!
Now there is nothing wrong with acne and it is something you should never feel ashamed of. It is a very common issue that so many people deal with. It has no part in defining who you are or how beautiful you. True beauty comes from within!
If however, you are looking for ways to treat your body acne stick with us because we are going through the best ways you can get a handle on your acne. No matter where it is on your body!
What causes body acne in the first place?
Acne whether it is on your face or on your arm is a result of hair follicles that have become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. These clogged pores become infected and cause whiteheads, black heads and pimples, all depending on how badly clogged the pore is. If it is quite badly clogged it can lead to a cyst, which can be painful.
Fluctuating hormone levels during your teenage years and in to your adult years are usually the main culprit for acne. As well unhealthy life styles, diets high in sugar and dairy, as well as sweaty gym gear and poor hygiene are all factors that lead to acne.
What are the symptoms of body acne?
- body acne is recognised as an area of the following:
- white heads
- black heads
- small red, tender bumps
- cystic pimples (large infected red spots)
Who does body acne effect?
Anyone with skin! If you have skin you can develop acne, to put it simply. Acne is common in teenagers due to fluctuating hormone levels that cause excess oil to be produced, however adult acne is very much a thing! As is males experiencing acne.
How to treat body acne
Depending on what is causing your acne- lifestyle, personal hygiene or changing hormone levels how easy it will be to treat your body acne varies. There are loads of treatment options none the less, so no need to worry!
Start by making a few lifestyle changes if you think that may be the reason for your acne. Take a look at your diet and try cutting down on sugar, junk food and dairy and incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies in to your diet to see if that makes a difference.
Water! Water is your best friend if you want to improve acne. Water flushes out toxins from the body that could be causing your pores to become clogged. It also gives your skin a fresh and healthy appearance. Aim for 2 litres water per day.
Exercise – exercise gets the heart rate up and improves circulation. This helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, keeping the skin healthy and promoting collagen production. Just be sure to shower properly after you work out and throw your workout gear in the wash to avoid sweat sitting on your skin for too long, causing your skin to become clogged.
The Best Products For Treating Body Acne
Try products formulated to treat body acne . There are body washes and serums formulated specifically to target body acne. Here are some of our favourites:
Alba Botanica Acne Deep Pore Wash – An oil free wash, formulated with 2% salicylic acid treats and prevents acne even after use.
La Roche -Posay Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel Wash – This body wash targets breakouts by declogging pores and throughly cleansing the infected areas of the skin.
Dr. Organic Tea Tree Body Wash – A daily wash for shower or bath, made specifically for acne, oily and blemish prone skin. Tea tree, Aloe Vera and peppermint work together to clean blocked pores and remove excess oil and dirt.
TIA’M Anti Blemish Body Lotion Back and Chest – Formulated to target blemishes on your back and chest. Use this in combination with an anti-blemish body wash to say au revoir to your bacne!
Face Theory Retin C-vitamin Scar Treatment – If you have acne scars anywhere on your body use this scar treatment by face theory to help heal your skin and get rid of scars.
Alba Botanica Acne Face and Body Scrub – This body scrub contains salicylic acid and works to declog pores and remove dead skill cells to target blemishes and improve the appearance of skin that has become damaged due to acne.
CeraVe Smoothing Cream – the whole CeraVe SA range is great for any acne issues. Their Smoothing Cream contains salicylic acid which is great for clearing up acne. So try applying this daily for smooth skin.
If after trying these methods to combat your body acne, you are still seeing no results you can always consider going to a GP or a dermatologist who can come up with a more focused treatment plan for your acne.
Have you had success with any of these body acne treatments before?