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How To Get Rid Of Body Acne

So, what exactly is body acne? Body acne is pretty much the same as the acne that we observe on our faces, but what makes it more problematic is that it covers more areas and occurs in areas that are hard to reach and treat.
Just like our acne on the face, body acne occurs due to unshed dead skin cells which combine with oil glands to clog our pores of the body. This leads to an environment on your skin that allows the acne-causing bacteria to grow and form those pesky little bumps on our body.
So why does it choose upper body areas like our back and chest?
The skin of our upper body especially our back is thicker as compared to the rest of our bodies, and they’re also full of oil-producing glands. These oil glands partner up with all the dead skin cells and lead to acne.

What Causes Body Acne?

Some common causes of acne are:
Genetics: Acne sometimes can be hereditary. Body acne can be a part of your genes and might run in your family.
Medications: Many medications, especially antidepressants, have been known to have acne as a side effect.
Hormones: Hormonal changes are often the cause of acne in our teenage years. But for women past puberty, pimple outbreaks can be linked to hormonal changes that happen during menstruation and pregnancy.
Sweat. Sweat is one of the main causes of body acne. It can clog the pores, leading to acne. And if sweat appears in tight clothing, it can make acne a lot worse.
Stress. Stress isn’t a direct cause of acne, but it could be a contributing factor.
Unhealthy Diet: The kind of food you eat, can also affect your acne. Research done by the American Academy of Dermatology shows that certain foods like dairy, potato chips, white bread can also be a trigger to acne.
How to Prevent and Get Rid of Body Acne?
Now on to the most important part of today’s video, how can you get rid of body acne.
1. Wear loose-fitting clothes:
Tight clothes can entrap heat and sweat against your skin which when left for hours can cause breakouts on your body. Tight clothes also create a lot of friction which is very inviting for acne. So always go for loose-fitting clothing that allows your skin to breathe and doesn’t trap the sweat.
2. Wash Your Bedsheets Regularly
Whenever someone tells me they have acne on their face, I always advise them to keep changing their pillowcases regularly to prevent the oil and dirt from your pillow reaching your skin. So to avoid body acne, please try to wash your bed sheets regularly too. Cleaning your sheets regularly will help keep your pores unclogged.
3. Keep an eye out for Panthenol
Now, this is something many just don’t know about. Panthenol also is known as Vitamin B5, is used in many skincare products and hair care products but the percentage of panthenol in skincare is really low for it to be harmful. Since it’s an excellent moisturizer, the percentage tends to be a little too high in hair shampoos and conditioners. Too much of panthenol can cause acne on some people’s bodies.
So, please try to keep an eye on the ingredients’ list on your shampoo and conditioners and try buying hygiene products without panthenol and that might help with the breakouts on your body
4. Shower Regularly
Excessive oil is the number one reason for back and chest acne. Some people, especially ones with oily skin, tend to produce a lot of oil all over their bodies. Since oil is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, try to shower as often as possible. And if you live in humid weather as I do, try to bathe twice a day. That will reduce the breakout on your body by controlling the oil and keeping your skin clean. Also, ALWAYS shower after a workout too or use a light cleanser to wash off all the sweat you’ve worked up. This is the easiest technique for controlling your body acne.
5. Go for Antibacterial Cleansers
Antibacterial soaps are quite helpful in helping clean the skin properly from all the dirt, sweat, and oil and eventually fight the bacteria that may be causing the acne breakouts.
While you’re on the lookout for a good body cleanser, try to find one that is sulfate-free and has salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is really good for fighting acne and cleaning the skin without drying it in the first place.
6. Eat Healthily
You really are what you eat. Please focus on what you’re putting into your body because it will eventually appear on your skin in one way or another. So I suggest you focus on healthy foods and healthy lifestyles to get healthy skin.
I hope you guys have a better understanding of body acne now and my hacks help you get rid of body acne as well. If you need a life coach to guide you to a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, you can have a one-on-one session with me.

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