Body Acne Treatment

Body Acne Treatment

Overview Body acne, which most often shows up on the back and chest, is very common. You may not realize it because people are normally wearing clothes, but more than half of people with facial acne have some amount of body acne.1-3 This is because, much like the skin of the face, the skin of the back and chest contains more sebum (skin oil) and acne bacteria than the rest of the body. Body acne develops in a similar way to facial acne. However, the skin on the body can be thicker than that on the face and often has larger pores, making for more severe acne lesions at times.4 Acne can develop anywhere on the body except for the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. That is because these are the only two areas that do not have sebaceous follicles where acne is formed. If you’re wondering if the pus filled red marks on your check, shoulders, arms, legs, buttocks, or elsewhere are acne, chances are they just might be. If you are unsure, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis. As with any type of acne, the exact cause of body acne remains unknown. However, we do know that physical irritation can make it worse. This is so well accepted in scientific literature that it has its own name, acne mechanica. Anything that rubs against your skin can cause irritation. While sweat itself should not cause acne, damp, sweaty clothing combined with irritation tends to exacerbate irritation and further aggravate acne.5-6 Avoiding irritation Wear breathable cotton clothing when possible. If you get sweaty, try to change your clothing when you can. Time your workouts so that you can shower and treat your skin using The Acne.org Body Regimen afterward. Generally try to be aware of what might be irritating your skin in areas where you break out regularly and make changes where you can. Don’t worry too much Our bodies are constantly in contact with various things and it is impossible to avoid irritation altogether. There is no need to obsess about avoiding irritation on the body. Rather, simply be aware of small changes you might be able to make and leave it at that. The Acne.org Body Regimen should clear you up nicely and does not require you to avoid irritation altogether.
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Body Acne Treatment

Body acne, which most often shows up on the back and chest, is very common. You may not realize it because people are normally wearing clothes, but more than half of people with facial acne have some amount of body acne.1-3 This is because, much like the skin of the face, the skin of the back and chest contains more sebum (skin oil) and acne bacteria than the rest of the body. Body acne develops in a similar way to facial acne. However, the skin on the body can be thicker than that on the face and often has larger pores, making for more severe acne lesions at times.4 Acne can develop anywhere on the body except for the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. That is because these are the only two areas that do not have sebaceous follicles where acne is formed. If you’re wondering if the pus filled red marks on your check, shoulders, arms, legs, buttocks, or elsewhere are acne, chances are they just might be. If you are unsure, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis. As with any type of acne, the exact cause of body acne remains unknown. However, we do know that physical irritation can make it worse. This is so well accepted in scientific literature that it has its own name, acne mechanica. Anything that rubs against your skin can cause irritation. While sweat itself should not cause acne, damp, sweaty clothing combined with irritation tends to exacerbate irritation and further aggravate acne.5-6
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Body Acne Treatment

Back Acne and Body Acne What causes body acne? Because acne starts in a pore — a hair follicle and its attached oil gland — it can happen almost anywhere on your body, not just on your face. The ears, neck, chest, back, scalp, shoulders and buttocks have the greatest density of pores, making them fertile grounds for acne. The same hormones, plugged pores and proliferation of bacteria that produce acne on your face are at play with body acne. Chest, shoulder or back acne, sometimes called “bacne”, is more common if you live an active lifestyle. It can be worsened by constant rubbing from shoulder straps and athletic equipment. Severe cystic acne on the torso is generally more common in males and tends to scar easily. The good news? The same medicines that work on facial acne are effective for body acne. Proactiv+ also has specially formulated medicated products to deal with body acne. Cystic, scarring acne frequently needs prescription medications to bring it under control.
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Body Acne Treatment

What causes body acne? Because acne starts in a pore — a hair follicle and its attached oil gland — it can happen almost anywhere on your body, not just on your face. The ears, neck, chest, back, scalp, shoulders and buttocks have the greatest density of pores, making them fertile grounds for acne. The same hormones, plugged pores and proliferation of bacteria that produce acne on your face are at play with body acne. Chest, shoulder or back acne, sometimes called “bacne”, is more common if you live an active lifestyle. It can be worsened by constant rubbing from shoulder straps and athletic equipment. Severe cystic acne on the torso is generally more common in males and tends to scar easily. The good news? The same medicines that work on facial acne are effective for body acne. Proactiv+ also has specially formulated medicated products to deal with body acne. Cystic, scarring acne frequently needs prescription medications to bring it under control.
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Body Acne Treatment

The Acne.org Body Regimen The most effective topical treatment is The Acne.org Body Regimen, which uses the combination of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and 10% glycolic acid. This powerful combination can clear up even tough to treat cases of body acne. However, the process of The Acne.org Body Regimen is just as important as the products. It must be followed precisely to be effective. Learn The Acne.org Body Regimen Accutane (isotretinoin) For severe, widespread, and potentially scarring acne, Accutane (isotretinoin) is an option. Isotretinoin is a systemic oral treatment which is taken for 15-20 weeks and produces long-term remission of acne symptoms in about 2/3 of people, but comes with a large range of side effects, some potentially long-term, including causing severe birth defects, and must be administered in close partnership with your physician. Learn About Accutane (isotretinoin)
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Body Acne Treatment

Body acne, which most often shows up on the back and chest, is very common. You may not realize it because people are normally wearing clothes, but more than half of people with facial acne have some amount of body acne.1-3 This is because, much like the skin of the face, the skin of the back and chest contains more sebum (skin oil) and acne bacteria than the rest of the body. Body acne develops in a similar way to facial acne. However, the skin on the body can be thicker than that on the face and often has larger pores, making for more severe acne lesions at times.4
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Body Acne Treatment

The Acne.org Body Regimen The most effective topical treatment is The Acne.org Body Regimen, which uses the combination of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and 10% glycolic acid. This powerful combination can clear up even tough to treat cases of body acne. However, the process of The Acne.org Body Regimen is just as important as the products. It must be followed precisely to be effective. Learn The Acne.org Body Regimen
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Body Acne Treatment

When you are trying to clear pimples on your face, it is a good idea to use only one treatment product at a time. Using more than one can be overly irritating and worsen acne, as well as make you confused about which treatment is doing what. With body acne though, thicker body skin usually tolerates more acne treatments without the irritating side effects. So, you can use an all-over 8-10% AHA lotion (or homemade ACV toner) and then spot treat individual body pimples with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (of course this is subject to how your skin reacts). And even if an acne treatment doesn’t work or makes your body pimple redder, at the very least, you can cover it by just wearing clothes. Zits you get on your face, on the other hand, are harder to hide.
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What causes body acne? Because acne starts in a pore — a hair follicle and its attached oil gland — it can happen almost anywhere on your body, not just on your face. The ears, neck, chest, back, scalp, shoulders and buttocks have the greatest density of pores, making them fertile grounds for acne. The same hormones, plugged pores and proliferation of bacteria that produce acne on your face are at play with body acne.