Head and shoulders, knees—and bacne.
The palms of the hands and soles of the feet are the only places where acne can’t develop. The rest of our bodies are covered in skin backed by oil-pumping sebaceous glands that can clog pores and develop pimples.
But the good news is that getting control over body acne can be done by applying simple skincare tips similar to how y ou take care of facial acne—with a few minor tweaks.
Battle breakout-causing bacteria by regularly, yet mindfully, lathering up. Don’t over-cleanse with harsh soaps, vigorous scrubbing movements, or rough loofahs.
Choose a body wash—not a face wash—that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. We suggest the PanOxyl Acne Cleansing Bar with 10% benzoyl peroxide, which can be found at most drugstores. You can also try the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash.
Remember to get clean quick after a workout or any activity that left you feeling sticky—the longer germs are left to loiter, the more irritated pores will become.
Also, be wary of the products you put in your hair, which may be affecting your skin. The ingredients found in some shampoos and styling products are designed to cling to your hair, meaning they may stick to your skin, too. To keep locks from becoming pore blocks, wash and rinse your hair first, then soap up your body to clear any residue. Get dressed before styling or wrap a towel over your neck and back for sure protection.
Once you’re all cleaned up, consider applying a quick swipe to your back and shoulders with a salicylic acid formula, like Proactiv’s Medicated Pads that include green tea to calm inflammation and refreshing witch hazel.
If you’re struggling to reach the troubled spots, try an easy-to-use mist formula like Murad Clarifying Body Spray that contains retinol.
Your skin loves loose, breathable clothing, so whenever possible, dress yourself in cottons and lightweight favorites. Synthetic materials are heavier and tend to trap moisture, oil, and dead skin cells. If you find yourself damp due to a humid summer day or a late night on the dance floor, find yourself a dry wardrobe change.
Do as mother would and keep a close eye on that laundry basket. Clean those sheets, pillowcases, and all your wardrobe staples regularly with a fragrance-free detergent safe for sensitive skin.