Body Acne

30 Apr

Summer time! Ya!  I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been hitting the gym.  Trying to get my 22 year old body back (you know, to match my 22 year old face).  A lot of my friends are doing the same, and it’s come up as a common question to me:

“How can I prevent Body Acne?”

Cuz there’s nothing worse than looking hot in your bathing suit but being all broken out.

 

Body acne can be difficult to treat due to the thickness of the skin and the number of sweat glands in this location.  Pores on the back are typically larger and produce more oil than on the face.  A mixture of sweat and physical irritation (like from clothing) can aggravate break outs.

 

Recommendations:

  • DO NOT GO TANNING.  That’s actually going to make your acne worse.  Being in the sun or even worse, indoor tanning only makes your skin darker to cover the redness of the acne lesion and sun exposure to a lesion could lead to a permanent dark spot on your skin (ie hyperpigmentation…yuck)!.  Excessive tanning also dries out your skin and causes your skin to produce more oil…ever notice how much more you break out once you have stopped tanning or being in the sun?  Another great reason to wear a broad spectrum SPF…prevent acne from worsening!  Oh yeah, and another thing about indoor tanning, think about how much bacteria is in a tanning bed.  Yea, they clean them… but…
  • SHOWER AFTER WORKING OUT.  The most important thing you can do is take a shower immediately after a workout.  Do not sit with sweat and dirt on your body.  Add a salicylic cleanser into your body wash.  I use Image Clear Cell.  I add about a dime size amount to my body wash.  It definitely helps.  Make sure the active ingredient is “Salicylic Acid.”  Also make sure the label says “Paraben Free,” Paraben’s are preservative chemicals that make the product last longer on the shelf.  If you have acne prone skin, this can cause a flare up.  A lot of people unknowingly are allergic to parabens, and the reaction can appear anywhere from little bumps or large cysts that can be mistaken for acne.
  • KEEP SPORTING EQUIPMENT CLEAN.  This seems like a no-brainer, but I have parents come to me and say “my 15 year old who plays lacrosse and wears the same pads every day has horrible acne on his body.”  Same pads every day… same sweaty pads.  Do you wash them?  No?  The same dirty sweaty pads irritating your child’s skin is most definitely going to cause them to break out.  Wash your sporting equipment.  And if your child is 15ish… you should probably bleach them every once in a while.

 

If these steps don’t help, talk to a dermatologist.  You may need to go on oral antibiotics or use prescription strength topical.

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