Body Acne and How to Control It

Body Acne may be seen as facial acne, but it is far worse. Though most often we don’t bother as much about our back, or the rest of our body, as we do about our face, in the long run, it can be more troublesome than its facial counterpart.

The first thorny part is that you cannot reach your back easily. Also, your back is mostly invisible to you, so by the time you feel the presence of acne it has been there for quite some time! Furthermore, the skin on parts of the human body other than the face is much thicker and has more pores, which increases oil production and irritation. The increased amount of pores makes you more susceptible to infections and increased acne flare-ups. Topical or oral medications don’t really help in these cases because topical ointments just rub off on our clothing and oral medications are designed to treat facial acne alone, in most cases.

Body Acne and How to Control It

Body Acne and How to Control It

You might be able to reduce the flare-ups of body acne in the following ways:

Treatment for body acne and facial acne cannot be considered as the same. Monitor your diet regularly and if your body acne is severe enough to warrant sensitivity tests by your doctor, follow through to find the ingredient or ingredients that lead to acne formation.

Enhance the amount of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts in your diet. These will naturally help you to ward off acne attacks because of their vitamin and mineral content. Reducing body acne is a tricky problem but the solution is sometimes very simple.

It’s prudent to wear loose clothing to enable your body to breathe and not become too oily. Too much oil on the body's surface translates into torturous acne!

Long hair can be beautiful but it also has the potential to inflame body acne. Clean your hair regularly so that when it comes in contact with the body it doesn’t lead to the formation of acne.

In today’s fast-paced life, your worst enemy is stress. It can cause numerous problems, including body acne. If you want to know how to reduce body acne the answer lies in decreasing the amount of stress. Take time off to relax and de-stress yourself.

Body acne reduction can be emolliated in commercial creams and lotions, as well. These have three major components, that help in combating acne namely, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. They unclog pores, decrease the amount of oil formation, and help to avert acne.

If you want herbal remedies, there are many creams available that have different herbs in them that act as antibiotics and also reduce skin inflammation. Many of these contain neem, yellow dock, sarsaparilla, dandelion root, and/or honeysuckle (these can quite often be found in health food stores). Herbal body scrubs open up pores and clean out oil and debris to allow your skin to “breath”. The apricot pit is a common ingredient in these. There are oral antibiotics, too, which include vitamins A, B2, B3 and E. These can be of real help in the treatment of body acne.

The key to reducing body acne may lie in your general health and hygiene, however. Just get into the habit of cleaning your body regularly with an antibacterial scrub and taking off sweaty clothes without rubbing or irritating your skin. Get the right amount of sleep, relax, and take it easy. It’s always sensible to consult a doctor before you take any medication for body acne. There are always advancements in medicine and alternative discoveries that may improve your chances of leaving body acne behind!

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