What Causes Body Acne & How to Prevent It

Body and facial acne have similar causes, as a result of excess oil production, clogged pores, and inflammation, as well as other factors like genetics, hormones, and stress.

However, body acne tends to occur in areas that is more oily or damp, like the centre of the chest and upper back. Higher oil levels are an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, which later leads to skin inflammation and acne. However, other factors like irritation from sweating and tight-fitting clothes, shaving hair can also lead to breakouts.

Sudden breakouts from changing lifestyle

Stress-related issues whether they are emotional or physical can accelerate the chance of getting breakouts all over the body. More time spent in sweaty clothes after a workout can also cause clogged pores. Friction from outerwear can cause breakouts.

Diet is also one of the factors that leads the body to breakout. A poor diet can worsen body acne. Studies show that high sugar and carb foods, along with dairy actually increase higher sebum production.

Stress also elevates cortisol levels in the body which has been shown to promote more sebum production and increase inflammation in the skin, causing acne flares.

How to treat body acne

Yoga and at-home self-care can be a great way to relieve emotional stress while balancing takeout or processed foods with can help reduce the risk of producing high sebum production. For clothing, the simplest way that can actually help reducing body friction is to wear loose-fitting clothes.

Change in skin-care routine is also an effective way to improve acne. As for body, the same products and ingredients that you use for your face can actually treat body acne.

Cleanser is the first step toward improving skin condition. Switching artificially-scented body wash to a fragrance-free body wash that designed to unclog pores and exfoliate the skin’s surface layer to reduce existing pimples, eliminate bacteria and prevent future breakouts. After cleansing, a light body oil will help to prevent dryness.

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