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Body Acne

Updated on May 21, 2009

What is Acne?

It’s a skin condition that is caused when hair follicles and oil-producing skin glands become inflamed. Acne can be hereditary, but there other causes too. Some factors that can lead to acne is living in a highly humid climate, sweating, using oily skin products, certain drugs (prescription and otherwise), or gland and ovary problems.

Despite popular belief, acne is not caused by poor hygiene or your diet.

What is Body Acne?

When people think of acne, they tend to think of pimply faces, but acne often occurs on other parts of the body. Acne on the back, backne, happens commonly to both men and women. While backne is one of the most common kinds of body acne, you can break out any place on your body.

What Causes Body Acne?

Body acne is often caused by hot and humid weather. Humidity and heat can trigger more oil production on the skin than usual. Bear in mind that body acne can take longer than usual to heal than facial acne does.

What Prevents Body Acne?

You can’t help but sweat, but you can do things to help your skin out when you do sweat. Try wearing loose clothing so that moisture can escape more freely. You can also try to clean up and shower as soon as possible after exercising or spending time in heat. The faster you can wash the sweat off the better because sweat loves to clog those pores.

What Gets Rid of Body Acne?

To get rid of body acne, you can purchase and use a medicated body wash. Make sure the wash contains salicylic or glycolic acid because these ingredients will work to unplug your pores. Another option is to apply a light layer of tea tree oil to the acne. Tea tree oil acts as a natural antibacterial and can be found in many drugstores. If you can’t find it locally, try ordering it online.

When Do You Call a Doctor?

Whether you are concerned about body acne or acne on the face, if the over-the-counter remedies fail to work, you should contact a doctor. In some cases, prescription strength medications are necessary to treat acne. As well, a doctor can rule out whether or not the “acne” is actually some other skin disorder that requires a different kind of treatment.

But It’s Embarrassing!

Yeah, but anyone can have acne. In fact, about 80% of all adolescents experience some form of acne. If you are an adult with acne, this is also normal. Simply follow the advice above, and you will learn to treat and prevent it.


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      Juno 5 years ago

      Useful hub with some pretty valid points about body acne..I read this many times & bookmarked it..Very well written .Loved this work..Thanks a lot for sharing ..:)


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      xeagle 6 years ago from Medicine Hat AB

      Having don a fair bit of research on this myself, your article very informative and well written.

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      almasi 6 years ago

      Tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil is a wonderful natural treatment for acne.

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      ProjectsConsult 7 years ago from World Wide Web

      I never considered buying a medicated body wash for the acne on my back. Perhaps I will try the salicylic or glycolic acid. Thanks for the information.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Great hub. I have it on my arms. Tea tree oil it is. Thanks

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      Jane@CM 8 years ago

      Tea Tree oil, think I'll get some for my son. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Never thought of it. You learn something new every day.

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Very informative hub. I can relate to it coz even i have suffered through this during my teenage days. Keep up da good work