Acne affects millions of people around the world, and it doesn't stop at your face. In fact, body acne is much more common than you might think. If you're living with body acne and you're ready to tell it goodbye, here are a few tips to help you out.
Moisturizing every day is a key step in any skincare routine. Unfortunately, your moisturizer could be doing more harm than good if it's not the right one for your specific skin type. If you have body acne, it's likely that you're living with oily or combination skin. This means your skin produces more oil than normal and may be sensitive to certain ingredients found in moisturizers. Even the added scent in a moisturizer could irritate your skin to the point of an acne breakout. If you think your moisturizer could be the problem, consider switching to a non-comedogenic lotion. Non-comedogenic moisturizers are great for acne-prone skin because they're oil free and won't clog your pores. If you’re unsure of what to use or your skin type, It's a good idea to invest in some dermatological help. Your dermatologist may even recommend a moisturizer that has an acne-fighting ingredient in it, like salicylic acid.
Similarly to using the right moisturizer, using the right products while you're in the shower is crucial. When you're washing or rinsing your hair, all that product runs down your back and body, which could contribute to your body acne. As with moisturizer, it could be just one ingredient that irritates your skin or blocks your pores. Sometimes it's not enough to wash your body with an unmedicated wash. Fortunately, acne medication can come in the form of body wash or shampoo. Again, with the help of dermatology services, you can better determine what irritates your skin and which products may be worth switching to.
Exercise is an excellent stress reliever, and there's no feeling quite like crushing a tough workout! While it's nice to bask in your achievement, you definitely shouldn't do any of your basking in your sweaty workout clothes. Post-workout clothes now hold sweat, dirt, and bacteria in them. And if you let them sit on your skin for too long, you could be contributing unknowingly to your body acne. If you want your body acne to go away, make sure you're changing out of your workout clothes and showering as soon as possible after exercising.
Exfoliation is an important practice that you should be committing to on a regular basis. Doing this once or twice weekly can help you avoid dead skin cell buildup and clogged pores as a result. If you're not sure what the best way to exfoliate is, consider speaking with your dermatologist. They can recommend exfoliation methods that won't harm or further irritate your skin.
At North Pacific Dermatology, we want to help you live your happiest, most confident life. If you have questions about body acne treatments, set up a consultation with our team today.