Guest post by Kat Sarmiento
Acne issues are more common than you think. In fact, around 630 million individuals reportedly had acne in 2015.
Besides facial acne, body acne is also a typical skin condition. Many people express feelings of embarrassment over their body acne. So, they frequently go to considerable lengths to conceal areas affected by acne.
Unfortunately, concealing body acne can limit what you wear and determine whether or not you participate in sports and other activities. It’s difficult to enjoy yourself if you’re self-conscious about your skin. All of these emotions, however, are completely natural. You’re not alone in dealing with body acne and these negative feelings.
This article will assist you in determining the reasons, treatment options, and post-treatment care for body acne.
What is body acne?
Acne is a long-term skin disorder in which dead skin cells and oil from the skin block hair follicles. Pimples and blackheads on other parts of the body besides the face can be considered body acne. The chest, neck, shoulders, arms, and even buttocks are places where pimples can appear. In fact, the very common back acne even has a unique name, “bacne.” Acne usually appears between the ages of 12 and 14 which is also around the same time most ladies have their first period.
Causes of acne
The same elements that lead to acne on your face also lead to acne on your body. Overactive oil glands, excess dead skin cells and bacteria can lead to breakouts. Below is a breakdown of other body acne causes.
- Androgen levels
The wear and tear of daily existence, as well as the changes that occur in one’s life, can result in stress and lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation may be caused by night shift occupations, social media, taking care of children, hormonal fluctuations, and long-distance travel. Our adrenal glands go into overdrive when we are stressed, producing androgen. Acne is worsened by higher androgen levels.
- Synthetic perfumes
On the ingredient list of a skincare product, the words “fragrance”, “perfumes”, or “parfum” can often mean a mixture of dozens of chemicals that might aggravate acne-prone skin. Another thing to keep an eye out for is large amounts of essential oils, which are highly concentrated substances that might irritate the skin or cause skin dryness when applied directly on the skin.
Clothing selection is critical, particularly while engaging in rigorous activities such as working out or going to work. We should avoid aggravating acne-prone skin as much as possible. Excessively tight clothing can trigger acne outbreaks on the skin especially when we sweat underneath that tight clothing.
- Food and supplements
Out of control sugar can mean out of control acne. What comes to mind are conventional chocolates which are mainly made of cow’s milk and sugar. Conventional dairy products boost the activity of an enzyme in the body which causes acne and other chronic disorders. And 30% increased risk of acne is linked to those who consumed the most added sugars, and a 20% increased risk in those who consumed the most sugary baked products, according to a study conducted in Turkey in 2021.
A number of nutritional supplements, including those containing vitamins B6, B12, iodine, and whey, as well as “muscle-building supplements,” have also been associated with acne.
- Picking and scrubbing
Picking acne promotes hyperpigmentation and scarring by pushing pimples deeper into the follicle, introducing airborne bacteria, inviting secondary infection and slowing the healing process. Over-scrubbing can make existing acne more inflamed, cause severe irritation and increase oiliness.
Body acne treatment
- Choose products with no alcohol and irritating ingredients
We usually end up using skincare products that our friend enjoys, smell good, or belong to a popular brand. However, according to dermatologists, those products might not be of help. Most of these products have ingredients (e.g., synthetic perfumes and alcohol) that are harmful to your acne-prone skin. Choosing the right skin care product to cleanse and exfoliate your skin could be daunting but knowing what to avoid is a good start.
- Catch enough sleep
Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Your body clock is set by creating and sticking to a sleep regimen. On top of that, creating a restful environment, which is typically cool, dark, and quiet, will assist you in getting a better night’s sleep.
- Watch your food intake
Besides reducing dairy and sugar, renew your diet by adding whole grains, such as quinoa, millet, barley, and oats. Have more macadamia, cashew, coconut, and hemp-based milk as alternatives that are also healthful, versatile, and delicious.
- Get professional help if nothing works
To end, visiting your dermatologist will allow you to address the cause/s of your acne issues, choose the best products and lifestyle adjustments for fighting acne, and determine the need for further professional treatment.
Getting rid of body acne involves changes in our lifestyle and our choice of products. Getting enough sleep, cutting down on sugar and dairy, buying alcohol- and fragrance-free products are some simple steps in reducing acne. Last but not least, visiting a dermatologist is best for breakouts that won’t go away.