Head into Summer Prepared for Body Acne
- Posted on: Aug 15 2016
When most of us think of acne, we consider how breakouts affect the face and our level of confidence. As summer is quickly approaching, people who are prone to acne can tell you they are worried more than ever about breakouts on areas other than their face. Body acne and develop on areas such as the back, chest, shoulders, and neck. The appearance of body acne can make it challenging to even think about wearing tank tops and bathing suits. We suggest preparing for summer by knowing how to handle this condition.
What Causes Body Acne?
Body acne may look very similar to the breakouts that affect facial skin, and may even have some of the same mitigating factors. It is not only the hot weather and humidity that causes body acne. There’s also input from hereditary factors and biology. Hormones, bacteria, and family history all play a role in whether or not you are more prone to acne on the face and on the body.
We tend to see body acne develop on areas of the body that have numerous oil glands, like the face. Oil glands are ample on the back, chest, and shoulders. On these parts of the body, however, we also see an increased amount of sweat. Additional factors in the formation of pimples and cysts on the body include irritation and friction from clothing. When you sweat, this friction just gets worse.
Steps to Banish Body Acne
- Choose light clothing that allows your skin to breathe.
- Shower as quickly as possible after workouts or activities that have caused you to sweat.
- Avoid applying sick, heavy lotions. Due to he thickness of sunscreen, it is important to wash these products off after spending a day outdoors.
- If you notice breakouts on your shoulders or other area of your body, wash with or apply acne products formulated for the face.
- If body acne becomes uncomfortable or severe, schedule an appointment with us to discuss professional treatment options.
The Early Bird gets the Worm
We have all heard that old parable that the early bird gets the worm. This applies to acne as much as any other area of life. It is far easier to know how to handle acne before it starts then to attempt to treat it once it has advanced. We are happy to assist you in developing a skin saving plan. Contact us at (415) 409-6500 for clear skin treatments.
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