How to Get Rid of Body Acne (Remedy and Wash)

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If you have been a victim of body acne, then you know that the little pesky spots, blackheads, and whiteheads can erupt on any part of the body, not just the face. Body acne, according to dermatologists, is the most common skin condition. It can appear as pimples, whiteheads, nodules, blackheads, cysts, and papules.

What is Body Acne?

Body acne is any type of breakout appearing on the upper half of the body or the back. They form accompanied by scarring or oily skin. Although acne can appear on any part of your body, it commonly appears on the back and the chest in high concentrations. This is because in these areas, there are more hair follicles [1] than those found on the face.

A high density of hair follicles trap dirt and oil, the two culprits responsible for blocking pores leading to breakouts. The treatment of back (bacne) and body acne often proves tough. This is because of the logistics involved treatment application, and the blemishes also tend to be deep and stubborn.

What Causes Body Breakout

The factors responsible for facial pimples are to blamed for bacne and body acne. These include dead skin cells, overactive oil glands, and acne-causing bacteria proliferation.  Once dead skin cells and oil get trapped in the follicles, creating a blockage, breakout develops. The blockage is what then develops into a blackhead. When germs and dirt invade this blackhead, inflamed pimples form.

The upper part of your body contains a high density of sebaceous glands just like your face. It means that the follicles have a high potential of getting plugged with dead skin cells and sebum. Several other factors may contribute to body acne breakout, including:

1. Hair Products

In the efforts of keeping your hair clean, you could trigger a breakout. Shampoo and hair products running down your back as you clean your hair may clog pores leading to stubborn pimples. It is essential that you rinse off your hair to the side and take a quick bath after cleaning your hair to clear any lingering residue.

2. Tight Fitting Workout Clothes

Sweat from tight workout wear is a common contributor to body acne. Fabric that clings to the body traps bacteria which can then lead to clogging of pores and finally a pimple breakout. When this happens, you are likely to experience irritation from rubbing of clothing. Choose loose-fitting workout gear. After your workout, take a shower and change into loosely fitting clothes.

Cystic Acne Home Remedies

Affecting at least 85 percent of people at some point, cystic body bumps is one of the hardest skin conditions to treat. Most conventional treatments tend to be expensive, and some present severe side effects, including redness and irritation. This is why you might want to try the following home remedies.

  • Apple cider vinegar: Contain organic acid excellent at fighting the P. acnes
  • Honey and cinnamon mask: These two contain antioxidants which can quickly reduce pimples more than even retinoids and benzoyl peroxide. This mask reduces inflammation and fights acne-causing bacterium
  • Tea tree oil: This oil is excellent at reducing inflammation and fighting bacterias. It also contains excellent acne removal properties
  • Green tea: This contains high amounts of antioxidants. It fights bacteria, reduces inflammation, and inhibits the growth of P. acnes
  • Witch hazel: This contains strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties necessary for treating various skin conditions including acne, eczema, burns, varicose veins, and dandruff
  • Aloe Vera: Contains sulfur and salicylic acid [2] necessary for reducing bumps. When applied to the skin, it fights breakouts, inflammation, treats burns, and heals wounds

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What is the Best Body Acne Remedy?

Although the factors that cause facial acne are to blame for body breakouts, they are tougher to treat. Hair follicles are widely spaced, and the skin is tougher, not like your face. This makes it harder for breakout removal products to penetrate. 

Because the skin is hardy, it can tolerate potent treatments which are often irritating to the face.  Accutane might be an excellent healing product for your breakout.  Here are other treatments that can be used to control body acne.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Treatment

An acne cleanser or body wash may help to clear bumps. One containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid should be a perfect choice. Use the body wash immediately after your workout or at least once daily. Medicated lotions and sprays can also help. They should contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. 

Generally, salicylic acid is best for blackheads while benzoyl peroxide is effective in controlling inflamed pimples. If the location of the acne is hard to reach, you can use a spray. Neutrogena acne spray might help. Ensure the spray is dry before putting on your clothes; otherwise, it could stain them.

Treating Severe Acne

Because body acne is severe, OTC options may not be effective. You will probably need stronger treatment to get them under control. If it is already inflamed, check with your dermatologist for treatment promptly. Understand that severe inflammation can leave lasting scars on your body.  Oral medications or topical treatments may be prescribed. Some of them include:

  • Oral antibiotics
  • Retinoids such as Retin-A
  • Isotretinoin

Because it is hard to treat body bumps, you might have to try different treatments before the right one for your condition is identified. After starting your treatment, there are several steps you need to observe to boost its effectiveness. These include:

Keeping off Creamy Shower Gels

More than any other part of your body, your back has a high concentration of oil gland activity. Worse still, it is the area most people hardly clean thoroughly. Because the area between shoulder blades is hidden and hard to reach, it becomes easy for oil, sweat, and dead skin to build up. This causes clogging of pores and a pimple breakout. Rather than using creamy shower gels and soaps, people dealing with acne are advised to use acne-fighting ingredients.

Choose a Hydrating Moisturizer

If you have acne-prone skin, moisturizing is perhaps a step you cannot skip. Little moisture on the skin can trigger the production of high amounts of sebum, which then clog the pores. This happens in an effort to keep the skin hydrated. 

The right moisturizer should protect the follicles by preventing the penetration of acne-causing irritants and bacterium. Be careful not to purchase moisturizers designed for dry skin. With skin that is prone to acne, you would want to keep the oil balanced and the skin hydrated.

Do not Pop the Pimples

Just like is the case with the facial pimples, do not pop breakouts on your body. This would only lead to more inflammation and scarring. 

It takes commitment and effort to clear bacne and body acne, so be patient. Consistency is needed in your body acne treatment routine to clear the breakout completely. If you feel like your OTC products or home remedies are not working, talk to your dermatologist for advanced treatment.

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