Body Acne Causes & Treatment

Acne is one of the most common skin problems. Acne can develop not only on your face but also on your buttocks, chest, back, shoulder, neck, and upper arms. Back acne is common among acne sufferers. Body acne affects both males and females. However, body acne is more common and severer in males.

Body acneWhat Causes Body Acne?

Like facial acne, body acne is generally caused by overactive sebaceous glands, dead skin cells, and acne bacteria. When oils combine with dead skin cells, the mixture becomes sticky and clogs in your pores, leading to whiteheads and blackheads. In some people, the sticky mixture traps acne bacteria, causing pimples and other severe acne.

Common contributing factors that causes acne are

– Sweat: Sweat can trigger body acne formation. Sweat clogs pores and promotes the growth of acne bacteria.

– Tight clothing or clothing that doesn’t breathe well: The area of your back is very pore-sensitive, tight or heavy clothing can irritate the pores, cause you to sweat, and attract dirt to the pores.

– Hormones: During puberty the body produces high levels of some hormones that trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more oils.

– Genetics: If your family members suffer from body acne, you may too.

– Hair products and other chemicals: When you put on your hair styling products, conditioner, or hair treatment, these products may flow downward onto your neck, back, and chest. These products coat the area they contact, clog your pores, and provoke acne breakouts.

Body Acne Treatment

– Use mild body cleansers or cleansers that contain salicylic acid. Do not scrub the skin. Harsh cleansers and scrubbing can worsen the condition rather than alleviate it.

– Shower as soon as possible after exercising or other perspiring activities to wash the sweat off. If you don’t do anything that makes you sweat, you do need to wash your skin twice a day.

– After a shower, apply acne treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to the affected area. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can remove dead skin cells and correct abnormal skin shedding. Make sure to follow the directions as acne treatments can cause excessive dryness.

– Wear light clothes that are breathable such as cotton tops to reduce the amount of sweat and irritation caused by bulky clothes.

– Make sure that your hair care products do not come in contact with your body and rinse off the area of your body after contacting the hair products. For example, after you put on conditioner and rinse it off, wash your back thoroughly.

– Change your towels, pillowcases, and sheets frequently to prevent further infection. Avoid using fabric softeners as they may contain irritating ingredients.

– Take acne supplements to help balance your hormone and reduce inflammation.

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  1. March 26, 2010

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