If you’re an acne sufferer and spend a lot of your time making sure your face is spot free, then you’re probably going to want to make sure you know how to get rid of body acne too.
Body acne, whether it’s on your back, chest or shoulders can be just as bad as facial acne, especially in the summer when you can’t hide under your high necks and long sleeves. Many sufferers often find themselves standing in front of the mirror pondering the causes of body acne, as well as what to do about it.
Body acne and facial acne have many of the same causes which include; hormonal sensitivity, bacteria, comedogenic products on the skin and genetics but there are some differences as to how it’s formed. Here are 11 reasons you might have body acne:
1. Shampoo Residue
If hair products are not washed away properly this can trigger a breakout as the ingredients clog your pores. Shampoo contains a lot of pore-clogging ingredients like sulphates, heavy moisturising agents, and silicones, according to experts. When it’s not washed away properly, you can get acne along the hairline, as well as on your back and shoulders. Shampooing before you wash your body can help avoid a bacne breakout.
2. Tight Clothing
Tight clothing can also be a result of a nasty breakout on your body. An expert dermatologist explains how body acne can be caused by acne mechanica which is a result of factors such as pressure, friction and rubbing on the back that may contribute to acne. For example, acne can be seen more frequently on the body under tight-fitting garments. In order to avoid this, keep tight clothing, such as tight sports bras, jeans, and exercise tops to a minimum.
3. Fabric Softener
The chemicals in fabric softeners can irritate your skin so be sure to wash your clothes regularly to keep dirt and oil away from your skin but avoid using fabric conditioner in case of an acne breakout.
4. Not Exfoliating
Experts explain how forgetting to wash or exfoliate your back is more common than you may think. In order to avoid anybody acne breakouts be sure to scrub and exfoliate your body just as you would your face.
5. Gym Sweat
It is important not to let sweat sit on your skin, if sweat and dirt are left to linger, this can result in a body acne breakout. Make sure to shower straight after exercising to avoid any breakouts on your back, chest and shoulders.
6. Dirty Sheets and Pillow Cases
If you’re showering before bed but sleeping in the same dirty sheet then you’re essentially rolling around in a bed full of dirt and oil and making your skin dirty again – another trigger for a body acne breakout. Washing your sheets regularly can avoid this problem and help with clearing up your body acne. Sleeping on natural fibres as these materials breathe better and transfer less oil according to expert.
7. Perfume Oils
Where you spray your perfume could be another reason for body acne, spraying it on your chest and neck could be the reason you’re breaking out in these areas. As the oils in perfumes can clog your pores, it is a better idea to spray your perfume of less-acne prone areas of the body.
8. Body Lotion
Switch to a non-comedogenic brand if you notice a breakout after applying your body lotion. This won’t clog your pores and trigger a breakout.
9. Hand Lotion
Applying hand lotion before bed and falling asleep on your hands or curling them up to your chest can be another reason for body acne. Wearing moisturising gloves at night can keep the lotion on your hands and avoid any acne breakouts on other parts of your body.
10. The Sun
With the warmer weather comes more sweat and this excess oil can trigger an acne breakout. Always make sure you’re wearing SPF and washing regularly.
11. Your Genes
According to experts, some people are just predisposed to body acne but there are topical treatments to help clear it up.
If you make these changes to your routine then it can make a difference to your skin, however we recommend visiting a skin specialist at your nearest Accredited Treatment Centre.
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