Acne on your face is already upsetting but finding out you have acne on your body is just as unpleasant. Blemishes covering your chest, back, arms, or bottom is just something we don't want to deal with… ever! And imagine the horror of stepping out in a backless dress, a swimsuit at the beach, or tank with body breakouts. But here's the thing: anyone can get it. Sweat and bacteria can cause pores to clog which then results to body acne. Just think about all the times you let your sweat dry from the gym—that's where you probably got your "bacne". Here are some effective ways to stop body breakouts for good.
Don't Sweat It Out
When you know you're going to sweat, wear cotton so your skin can breathe. At the gym, try wearing a backless dry-fit top. Also, if you can't shower right after, always bring an extra shirt which you can change in to. Don't let the sweat dry out. This builds bacteria, causing unwanted blemish.
It Starts In The Laundry
Any kind of fabric is a hospitable environment for bacteria to breed and grow. From jeans to shirts, even bed sheets and pillowcases, when washing them, make sure to use an antibacterial laundry soap and fabric conditioner.
Scrub A Dub Dub
Tight-fitting clothes can contribute to the clogging of pores. Exfoliation is therefore essential. Get a scrub at least twice a week. If you can't have it done at a spa, there are a lot of exfoliating scrubs available at your local beauty stores, which you can use at home.
What To Look Out For
When buying products to treat your body breakouts, look out for the ones that have salicylic acid. Salicylic acid softens the skin, taking off dead skin cells and is highly recommended to treat acne. Also try products with five to ten percent benzoyl peroxide, which can be used as a spot treatment. It kills the bacteria, making that pimple less likely to recur. Tip: Apply a thin film of benzoyl peroxide on the area to prevent future breakouts. Just remember to use sunscreen after because it benzoyl peroxide makes your skin sensitive to the sun.
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