Body acne is an inflammatory condition of the skin that affects people from any age group. Acne of course mainly appears on the face but the back and other spots on the body can also be affected by it. Body acne generally occurs on the upper torso and back. This is because these areas of the back have more oil-producing glands (also known as sebaceous glands). Body acne, like facial acne, also occurs when the skin has excess dead skin, over-active oil glands and growth of acne-causing bacteria.
Body acne treatments are usually harder to undertake than the typical face acne treatment regimen. As the acne-covered area is larger, it sometimes becomes more difficult to treat it effectively. The basic treatment is this: to control the breakout of acne on your body, you need to start taking good care of your skin.
Do You Have Mild, Moderate or Severe Body Acne?
You can get mild, moderate, or severe body acne. You can treat mild body acne by using over-the-counter body acne treatments. Scrub the body gently with a deep pore cleanser or combination of both a deep pore cleanser and then a surface exfoliation to cleanse the skin. Wipe or wash the affected area with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Many people sweat when they exercise. Sweating also irritates body acne. Therefore, it is necessary that you take a shower as soon as possible after exercising.
Clothing which retains heat or causes friction aggravates body acne. While treating body acne, it is advisable to avoid friction producing clothing or accessories such as purse straps, tight-fitting clothing, backpacks etc. It is better to wear clothes made up of natural fibers such as cotton.
If you are suffering from moderate to severe acne, then it is advisable that you consult a dermatologist and obtain prescribed acne medicine. When using body acne treatments be patient as they can take three months or more to heal your skin.
OTC Options / Simple Remedies for Body Acne
Use a body wash which has both anti-bacterial properties and deep pore exfoliate once a day. For preventing new breakouts, clay masks are a good option as it absorbs excessive oil from the skin while opening the pores.
When the pores are opened, you can use the cleansers. When the pores are open, the cleansers can easily penetrate into the skin.
In order for body acne treatments to work effectively, one should not use harsh agents as they irritate the skin and make it dry. Instead use natural products like witch hazel (which helps in reducing inflammation) in your daily skin cleaning routine. Due to its astringent properties, witch hazel also helps in regenerating the tissues of the skin.
Aloe Vera is another natural product which helps to cut the inflammation and soothes the skin. It has mild antibiotic and antiseptic properties and a hormone that helps the wound to heal at a faster rate. These properties help in controlling the bacteria from erupting on the surface of the skin.
If the body acne treatments you’re using aren’t not working, then consult your dermatologist to help control the breakout of your body acne.