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Body acne is just what the name implies – acne that appears anywhere on the body. Your skin is covered in pores, so it should be no surprise that, in addition to your face, a breakout can show up on the neck, back, chest and shoulders. In fact, body acne that appears on the back is so common it’s been nicknamed “bacne”.
The same elements that cause facial acne can also create body acne. Genetics, hormones, skincare products, environment, personal habits or anything that can clog your pores are all potential culprits for body acne. While body acne might be easier to hide with clothing, it’s still unwelcome.
Body acne can happen to anyone but it is especially common for athletes and people who exercise, work out or play sports on a regular basis. This can happen when sweat stays on the skin for too long. Sweat mixes with bacteria, increasing the chance of dirt, oil and dead skin cells getting trapped and clogged inside the pores.
Tight clothing can also cause body acne by not allowing your skin to breathe and, once again, trapping elements that can cause acne inside your pores. Additionally, friction against your body from items like backpacks, hats and tight collars can aggravate skin and increase the chance of acne.
Fortunately, the same acne treatments and lifestyle habits that help treat facial acne can also work for body acne. Keeping your body’s skin clean and hydrated, exfoliating dead skin cells and keeping your pores clear of oil, debris and bacteria will help reduce body acne. That’s why it’s important to shower after any physical activity that causes you to sweat. And you should always wipe down gym equipment with antibacterial wipes before using it to keep bacteria from the machine off of your skin.
Wear clothing that allows your skin to breathe and wash your bed sheets and pillowcases regularly as dead skin cells can build up on linens – another way for body acne to occur.
In addition to the 3-step acne treatments, Proactiv has medicated products specially formulated to treat and prevent body acne.