Acne is already terrible enough on your face, but if you get them on your face, chances are they appear on your back and chest too...(even your butt!) I myself also suffer from "bacne" and it's terrible. Fortunately, I've found stuff that actually works and tips on how to keep them at bay.
But first, what causes acne on your body?
Well, your body doesn't produce oil and sweat only on your face, it's everywhere! They show up more on your back and chest because that's where it's often hard for your skin to breathe. (You don't really see them on your arms or legs, right?)
It can also be a hormonal thing! I occasionally get breakouts on my face due to it being hormonal, and like the rest of your body, hormonal breakouts can show up anywhere where it's oily and/or sweaty.
Your diet can also play a role. And you've heard it many times before, eat healthy! The "you are what you eat" quote plays a pretty defining role here.
Stress and genetics can also cause it. While these may not be the easiest ones to combat, there are ways to reduce body acne.
Fortunately, I've found stuff that actually works and tips on how to keep them at bay.
My number 1 holy grail product is: Dr. G's A-Clear Body Spot Mist.
This product is A M A Z I N G. It's without a doubt the best product I have ever used on my body that targets blemishes. It's very effective in clearing back acne and gentle enough for you to spray anywhere else on your body.
Instructions: Spray over blemishes on the back and chest 1-2 times, and gently pat to promote skin absorption.
Ingredients: (Unfortunately, I cannot find their ingredient list online). Their main ingredients are niacinamide, wintergreen leaf extract, tea tree leaf oil, and salicylic acid. (Great for killing acne!)
As for exfoliating, I love natural exfoliants. My favorite body exfoliator is Lush's Ocean Salt. It's so natural and self preserving. The sea salt grains gently rub away dead skin cells which is great for exfoliating and cleaning your pores. There is also coconut oil and avocado butter to soften and brighten your skin. This can also be used on the face as well, but me personally, I only stick to using it on my body since the salt grains can be harsh on your face (but it's great for your body!)
(Photos are taken off Lush's website.)
Instructions: Apply to damp skin and rub gently to exfoliate and refresh the skin. Rinse clean and pat dry. (Don't forget to smell yourself after! It's great.)
Ingredients: Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Fresh Grapefruit Infusion (Citrus Paradisi), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Stearic Acid (Stearic acid), Fresh Organic Lime Extracted in Vodka (Citrus aurantifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil), Lime Oil(Citrus aurantifolia), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Glycerine, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Fragrance, Blue 1, Methylparaben, Propylparaben *Occurs naturally in essential oils
If you want to go an even more natural route, I always recommend tea tree oil for acne. Tea tree oil is such a powerful ingredient when it comes to combating breakouts.
I recommend only using it for spot treating the acne on your body. Beware with this oil, tea tree oil can be extremely strong if not used correctly. I say this because overuse of it can dry out your skin and damage your skin's moisture barrier. Only use this oil once in awhile for stubborn acne, I don't recommend daily use. When this oil is used correctly, it produces the most magical results!
QUICK TIPS TO REMEMBER:
1. Always sleep with a clean t-shirt on. Your bedsheets collect oils, dead skin cells, sweat, etc. that can clog your pores!
2. Shower immediately after going to the gym or working out. The quicker your pores are clean, the less likely they'll be clogged.
3. Exfoliate once in awhile! Your face needs to be exfoliated to get rid of dead skin, so does your body too. Find body washes that use salicylic acid to help in getting rid of acne.
4. Wear loose clothing. Tight clothing can make your pores un able to "breathe", which will trap dirt and sebum and clog your pores.
5. If you're out a lot and wear sunscreen, make sure it doesn't build up on your back! Look for products that are oil-free and light.
And if you're still not sure what to ultimately purchase, my recommendation is to find products with salicylic acid. That, for me, is the key ingredient to killing acne and breakouts.
(I am not sponsored by any of the brands nor am I affiliated with any of the brands listed above. I am by no means licensed, but speaking from experience. All of the pictures are taken and edited by me unless stated otherwise. Thank you for reading & take care! ♡ - Annie)