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How to Get Rid of Body Acne

Updated on October 16, 2013

Body Acne

Do you think having facial acne is troublesome? What more if you are suffering from body acne? Acne on the body may be more prevalent than you think. It is just not seen immediately and less talked about compared to facial acne. But acne knows no limits. The neck, chest, and back are the most common areas of the body where you can get acne aside from the face. Even though body acne can be hidden through clothes, it can cause just as much trouble and embarrassment as facial acne.

Do you want to wear that bathing suit or go shirtless on the beach without worrying of body acne? Read on to find out how to get rid of body acne with these simple tips.

Acne on the back, usually called "bacne".
Acne on the back, usually called "bacne". | Source

What Causes Body Acne?

Body acne has the same cause and symptoms as facial acne. Acne forms when the pores are clogged by dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. As you may very well know, the face is not the only part of your body with pores and sebaceous glands, the glands that produce sebum or oil. You can have acne in almost any part of your body. To add to the problem, body acne may be more difficult to treat than facial acne because the pores in your body are larger and your clothes are almost in constant contact with your skin, which may irritate the pimples.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways on how to get rid of body acne. The following steps are simple and should be followed strictly for weeks to see optimal results. Before you read further, always remember that consistency is the key.

How to Get Rid of Body Acne Fast

1. Shower daily.

Proper hygiene is the easiest way to get rid of body acne naturally. Showering daily helps keep your skin clean and free of bacteria. Sweat can irritate body acne so after performing an intense workout or any activity that causes perspiration, make sure to take a shower immediately. Use a gentle body wash and clean every part of your body. It is also recommended to exfoliate at least one a week using a gentle body scrub. Also remember that taking showers several times a day can cause more harm than good. Shower twice at most daily. Be careful if you are using a loofah. Too much friction can make the body acne worse.

2. Have a balanced diet.

This step has been the subject of many debates and speculations. Until now, medical experts have yet to determine solid evidence proving that certain food causes acne. This should be done in accordance to your own observations. If you think that a certain food caused your acne breakout, avoid it. Also, there is no denying that having a balanced diet has a lot of benefits. It contributes to your overall health and improves the health of your skin. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains should be included in your daily diet.

3. Use topical medications.

There are a lot of over-the-counter products available to get rid of body acne fast. They come in different forms such as gels, body wash, lotions and creams. Make sure that you use a noncomedogenic product. Look for a body acne product which contains ingredients that fight acne, such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

4. Avoid stress.

Stress is once again a culprit. Stress does a lot of bad things to your body and makes several health conditions worse. In the case of acne, stress affects the body’s hormone production. This leads to over production of oil. This means your pores have a greater chance of being clogged because of excess sebum. It is beneficial for you to learn how to reduce stress levels. Exercising regularly and having enough sleep every night are two of the easiest ways to relieve stress. Alleviating stress is a great home remedy for body acne.

5. Avoid tight clothing.

Wearing tight clothing itself does not cause body acne. But if you are suffering from body acne and you continue to wear tight clothing, the condition can become worse. This is because tight clothing does not allow the skin to breathe and may cause irritation. Scarves, headbands, and similar articles of clothing may collect dirt and oil, making the pores more likely to get clogged.

Keep in mind that you should not expect to see immediate results. You can't expect to get rid of body acne overnight. Body acne usually takes longer to heal compared to facial acne. Just follow these simple steps consistently and you are well on your way to flaunting your beautiful and acne-free skin again.

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    • Kosmo profile image

      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      As one gets older, it's certainly a pain to keep the back clean and clear of acne or whatever, if for no other reason than it's simply hard to get your hands on it. Later!

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      Riley18 5 years ago

      Hi Cliff:

      I recently discovered a device that is supposed to help reduce or eliminate acne and rosacea. I have one user who's satisfied. If you are interested in helping evaluate the device please let me know.

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Diane! I hope this hub will help you get rid of body acne. Thanks for reading!

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      Diane Van Hook 5 years ago from CT

      Awesome Hub! Body acne is something I've struggled with for a long time, but never really knew what to do about it. This is really useful.

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi, Keri! It's great that you found out which foods cause your acne breakout and which helps get rid of it. Thank you for reading and dropping a comment.

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      Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

      Great hub, voted up, about a little talked about subject. When I eat dairy (cheese, milk, cream) my skin, especially my shoulders, gets greasier. It produces deep forming spots, inc on my chin. They don't come from the surface, they're deeper. This is why I gave up dairy and turned to soy milk and cream. When people ask if I'm allergic I tell them no not really, just vain. Whilst I will always listen to someone else's point of view, experience and repeated experimentation over the years have just come back to the same thing. This is one area where the "no diet connection" "experts" really can't persuade me. But the avoiding dairy (if that's the problem with other people too) doesn't seem to be quite enough by itself, eating lots of green veg seems to clear up the last of it in my case.