Acne does not just affect the skin on your face, it can flare up ANYWHERE on the body; the back, shoulders and even the chest are all very common ‘problem’ areas that can suffer from acne. This type of acne is more commonly referred to as body acne and, believe it or not, is more common than you think!
In America alone, more than 50 million people have to deal with body acne at some point in their lives. This is a huge number of people every year. Even though acne is so common there are still many things that can be done to help calm breakouts and reduce irritation & inflammation.
Body acne is not something that should make you feel as though you need to be covered up as it is perfectly normal. However, if you would like more advice about treating body acne then you can use this post as your guide.
In today's post, we will cover some of the most common reasons that body acne can occur including the simple steps you can take at home to help prevent future flare-ups. On top of that, we will also be sharing our very own product suggestions that we think will make the perfect inclusions into your body and skincare routines.
So, before we go into our EDEN BEAUTY top pick, let’s have a look into what body acne is and the number one reason it can flare up unexpectedly all over the body.
What is body acne, and what can cause a breakout?
Body acne is a term used to refer to acne or blemishes on the skin that are not just found on the face. You can get body acne on your back, shoulders, chest, bum cheeks and even thighs. Anywhere on the body that the skin can sweat or be in contact with chafing can break out in acne or blemishes.
One of the most common causes of body acne is in fact sweat which can lead to clogged pores. The body is covered in pores, and when dirt or sweat clogs them up with bacteria this can cause breakouts.
Now, sweat is a very common cause of acne both on the face and all over the body but it does not reflect your overall hygiene. Where ever you experience acne on the body or the face; please remember that it is not a true indication of how clean or hygienic your skin is! Minimal perspiration could trigger a breakout, especially in areas that stay warm when sweating, for instance, your back or shoulder area.
Although body acne, much like on your face, can be helped!
And it's not just sweat that can cause body acne; a poor diet, skin irritation, reactive skin and your hormones can all cause the skin to break out!
Unfortunately, there is no miracle product that will remove all traces of acne after just one use and prevent it from ever returning but there are several products and things you can do to help reduce the appearance and calm any inflammation. However, it will take time!
How to naturally treat your body acne & what you can do at home…
You will remember when we said sweating is a huge contributor to body acne, well one thing that can help prevent future breakouts is to make sure your skin is not overly sweating in areas and not being washed thoroughly.
For example, post workouts can be a breeding ground for the skin to suffer body acne breakouts; which means you’ll want to wash the skin promptly after working out to prevent any bacteria from clogging the skin's pores.
A product that we recommend, from our very own range, is our SESAME GINGER BODY SCRUB! It is rich in Tangerine oil as well as Dead Sea salt to help buff away any impurities on the skin -including bacteria build-up and sweat; thus helping to prevent acne breakouts.
We do hope we have been able to clear up any confusion you may have had associated with body acne; it is a very common skin concern that is also very normal. Regular body scrubs, clarifying serums and creams can all help dissolve harmful bacteria on the skin and work to reduce the appearance of breakouts. However, it will take time to see a lasting difference.
When you are shopping around for clarifying products you’ll want to keep an eye out for natural ingredients like Tangerine oil, Tamanu oil, Green tea and Aloe-vera just to name a few. They can all help eliminate harmful bacteria and reduce irritation & redness whilst still being gentle on the skin.
Body acne is normal, but you don't have to put up with it!