What Causes Body Acne & How To Get Clear Skin For Summer!

Not only do blackheads and pimples appear on the face but they can show up pretty much anywhere on the body. Not an ideal situation in the summer months when you want to show some skin. In this blog, we’ll dive into the world of back acne, exploring its causes and various treatment options, including supplements, skincare, and LED light therapy. Follow our top tips and have your skin healthy and glowing for the Summer!

Causes of Body Acne

When it comes to breakouts on the body, overactive oil glands and excess dead skin cells are usually to blame. Body acne tends to appear more commonly on the upper part of your body, where there are numerous sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, a protective oil that helps retain moisture, regulate body temperature, and act as a barrier against harmful bacteria. Because the upper body has a high concentration of these glands, the follicles are more prone to becoming clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells.

Acne Mechanica

One specific type of body acne, known as acne mechanica, is triggered by friction between the skin and tight clothing or sports equipment. This friction often occurs during workouts or sports practices, where the combination of pressure, rubbing, heat, and sweat irritates the skin, leading to breakouts. The location of these breakouts depends on the equipment or clothing worn. For instance, hikers may experience acne on their shoulders and backs from carrying heavy backpacks, while dancers and gymnasts can develop it on their backs and chests due to prolonged use of synthetic fabrics. To combat acne mechanica, it’s essential to avoid sources of friction such as tight-fitting clothing, too-snug collars, backpacks, and athletic

Sweat can also irritate body acne. To reduce irritation, you should shower as soon as possible after exercising. Be careful not to aggressively scrub your skin as you want to avoid friction. A thorough but gentle cleansing method wash is preferable.

Acne Cosmetica

Certain oils and silicones found in hair products can clog pores and contribute to body acne, particularly around the hairline, back of the neck, and potentially even the back, shoulders, and chest, depending on the length of your hair. Dermatologists refer to this form of body acne as acne cosmetica. If you notice bumps, spots, or whiteheads in areas where your hair falls, it’s recommended to switch up your hair products. This may involve a process of elimination to identify which specific product is causing the breakouts. Shampoos, conditioners, and styling products can all be culprits.

Sun Exposure

Believe it or not, sun exposure can also play a role in triggering body acne. When your skin gets sunburnt, it tends to dry out, prompting your body to produce more oil as a compensatory mechanism. This excess oil can clog pores and lead to acne in the affected areas. If you’re planning on soaking up the sun in your bikini this summer, it’s crucial to exercise caution and protect your skin with high-quality sunscreen. Remember to moisturise your body after extended periods of sun exposure to counteract dryness.

How to Get Rid of Body Acne

Shower Regularly

During the summer months, when temperatures rise and you sweat more, showering daily becomes even more important. Regular showers help eliminate excess oil and dead skin cells that can clog your pores. Opt for lukewarm water and finish with a cold water rinse to help tighten your pores.

Exfoliate Once a Week

Your skin is constantly going through a process called cellular renewal, where dead skin cells make their way to the surface to make way for new ones. Dead skin cells don’t always shed on their own and without regular exfoliation they can remain on your body and block your pores, leading to acne. The key is to exfoliate your skin gently no more than once a week as frequent or aggressive exfoliation will irritate existing blemishes.

Use a Non-comedogenic Body Lotion

‘‘Non-comedogenic’’ simply means non-pore-clogging. This is something important to consider when choosing products such as body lotion. A non-comedogenic body lotion will hydrate your skin without causing acne and is a summer essential to keep your skin healthy and glowing. A fragrance free option is best as it will not irritate your skin. Consider trying Neogenesis Body Cream which not only hydrates your skin but also helps to repair the skin barrier, reducing the likelihood of body acne.

Explore Professional Treatments

If you’re struggling to get rid of stubborn back acne, it may be time to consult a skincare specialist. At The Skin Health Clinic, our experts can closely examine your skin and determine the underlying causes of your breakouts. We offer a range of professional treatments tailored to your specific needs, ensuring the best possible results for your skin.

LED Light Therapy

LED light therapy is an innovative treatment option for acne. It uses specific wavelengths of light to target bacteria and inflammation associated with acne, helping to reduce breakouts and promote healing. The therapy is non-invasive and has been found to be effective for treating both facial and body acne.

Consider Supplements

Certain supplements may help in managing and preventing acne. Ingredients like zinc, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids have shown promise in reducing inflammation and regulating oil production, which can contribute to clearer skin. However, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplements to ensure they’re suitable for you.

See a Skin Care Specialist

When you book a consultation at The Skin Health Clinic, we will dive deep into the cause of your breakouts and offer your personalised solutions. Our skin therapists can work with you to curate a specialised treatment plan just for you that will give the best results for your skin.

For more information on our acne treatments or to book a consultation with one of our expert aestheticians visit our website.