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The How-To Lounge: Getting Rid of Body Acne

If you have suffered from face acne, I am sure you understand how frustrating it can be, especially if it moves down to your body, so here are some helpful tips to remedy body acne.

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  • Just like face acne, stress is a major culprit so as hard as it might be with everyday stresses, try to stay as mellow as you can to prevent breakouts
  • Sweating and wearing tight fitting clothes are two of the most common causes of body acne. When perspiration gets caught between the skin and tight fitting clothes such as Lycra or spandex, the moisture, mixed with your body's oils causes a film that clogs pores causing body acne
  • As a rule of thumb, if you exercise regularly, shower as soon as you can after your workout and try to wear breathable workout clothing
  • Treating body acne is very similar to treating face acne, but body acne tends to be a little more stubborn. The skin on your body is thicker and more resilient, and most body acne is in the hard to reach places, so it may take longer to clear up
  • Shower with a salicylic-acid-based cleanser or a mild hypoallergenic soap like Dove and stay away from Sodium Laurel Sulfate, a harsh preservative that can make your skin dry and itchy
  • Exfoliation is key, but make sure to use products that won't dry your skin out. Try using alpha hydroxy acid-based body moisturizers and stay away from heavy creams that will clog your pores
  • If you have a few pimples here or there, use a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which helps dry up your trouble areas and calm redness
  • If you have exhausted all your preventative options, consult a doctor to discuss prescription topical medication or oral antibiotics. One thing to keep in mind about medication is that your acne usually gets worse before it gets better -- but worth it in the long run

I hope these tips were helpful and good luck!


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robinm999 robinm999 10 years
Tea tree oil cleansers seem to help with my body acne that just will not go away. Also, the regimen at will help - but you have to use Benzoil Peroxide which may bleach any clothes :(
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 10 years
My facial skin is pretty flawless... yet like so many the back of my shoulders gets it..... but i'd rather have it on my back than face... but still it's annoying.. thanks for the tips
Eternity Eternity 10 years
Murad pure skin supplements are awesome (you can get them direct or through sephora). I have also had excellent luck with H20 salt scrubs and good old St.Ives apricot scrubs.
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 10 years
Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash is great :)
facin8me facin8me 10 years
Sodium Laurel Sulfate is not a preservative, it's a detergent. That's why it's in so many soaps and shampoos!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
ICKY...I hate that back stuff. I find also if I don't shower RIGHT after a workout that my tush tends to break out. That's the WORST!
Suie Suie 10 years
my acne was really bad b4 on my chest and back but since i've been exfoliating and mosturizing my body,it's change plus i use dove clearly i can say yes it works and drinking plenty of water:)
guineapiggin9 guineapiggin9 10 years
Thanks for the tips!!! I get acne all over my chest and the back of my shoulders. It's terrible. Hopefully some of these tips will help!!!
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