Body acne can be equally as frustrating as facial acne. Like facial acne, body acne is triggered by a combination of internal and external factors. Armed with the knowledge of the underlying issues behind body acne you can target and personalize your treatment.
Back and Shoulders. If you suffer from acne on the back and shoulders, you may be a victim of overly active sebaceous glands, says SkinAcnea. Backpack straps and fried foods can also be the culprit, as can sleep deprivation and folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles). To treat acne in this part of the body, apply apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, or witch hazel to the back and shoulders as a toner after showering and soak in a salt bath once weekly. If you think folliculitis is causing your acne, try applying a warm compress to the affected area, as suggested by WebMD.
Neck. Ladies (and gents), keep your hair up and off your face and neck when you exercise and on days when you’re prone to be hot and sweaty. BuzzFeed says doing so will reduce the amount of oil and sweat that gets trapped behind the neck. If sweat is not the problem, hormonal imbalances and excess sugar may be, says Skin Acea. For women, hormonal imbalances may be caused by pregnancy and menopause, but also stress, weight gain, and an unbalanced diet, explains the Women In Balance Institute. In men, acne under the chin may be triggered by ingrown hairs from shaving, says Facing Acne. To prevent such irritation, always use a new safety razor and avoid shaving until the sores heal completely.
Chest. SkinAcnea says sweating and friction from non-breathable clothing are typical causes of chest acne. You may also be reacting from spicy foods or ice-cold drinks. To treat the condition, shower immediately after exercise, wash your clothes regularly and replace fragrant body and hair products with baby lotion and anti-dandruff shampoo. Avoid spicy foods and stick to room-temperature water and warm tea.
Arms. Acne on the arms is typically caused by excessive oil secretion, irritation from body products, and tight clothing, says Skin Acnea. To treat the condition, avoid fragrances and switch to an all-natural laundry detergent. You may also want to try applying toothpaste to the pustules, as recommended by Livestrong to dry and eliminate them.
BuzzFeed reminds us that even if you don’t feel dirty, it is imperative you shower daily. Not doing so transfers dirt, oil, and bacteria into your bedsheets. This creates a hospitable environment for acne-causing bacteria to party in your pores as you sleep. It is further recommended to change bedsheets once or twice a week and to regularly wash sweatshirts, coats, scarves, and other clothing items you may think only need occasional cleaning.
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