When it comes to acne, emphasis is usually put on the do’s and don’ts of caring for the face. However, blemishes can show up all over the body.

Acne forms when oil mixes with dead skin cells which results in clogged pores. That means any part of your body that secretes oil is susceptible to breakouts.

Here are some ways to get rid of body acne so you can confidently wear your strapless dress and toss that long-sleeved tunic to the side.

Try a new body wash.

I know you can’t imagine life without your lavender-scented foaming body wash but it might not help you reduce the appearance of body acne. There are over-the-counter medicated body washes and scrubs that are ideal for treating mild cases of body acne. Use noncomedogenic products daily which simply put means they won’t clog pores. There are also lotions, gels and creams that can be used daily to fight acne. Be sure to look for ingredients such as Alpha-hydroxy acid and Salicylic acid which dry blemishes, tea tree oil which kills bacteria and Benzoyl peroxide which unclogs pores.

Don’t stress.

Not only is stress detrimental to your overall health but it also can have adverse affects on your skin. According to an Acne.org article, stress is one of the main contributors to adult acne because it affects your body’s hormone production. The body’s adrenal glands produce more cortisol which results in an increase in oil created by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Stress also decreases the effectiveness of the immune system so when heightened, it causes existing blemishes to heal more slowly. Getting 6-8 hours of sleep, participating in physical activities or even adopting a new hobby are stress-relieving alternatives to try.

You are what you eat.

Science has not specifically named certain foods as acne-causing agents but practicing healthy eating habits will definitely affect the overall look and feel of your skin. Indulge in foods that are high in antioxidants such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep an even complexion. Antioxidants prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Also make sure you drink lots of water throughout the day to achieve an enviable glow from head-to-toe.

Practice Proper Hygiene.

It may seem like common sense that hygiene plays a significant role in the appearance of your skin but there’s more to it than simply taking a bath or shower. Cleansing at least once daily and exfoliating weekly removes dirt and bacteria and reduces the potential for clogged pores. If you’re a gym-goer or participate in activities that cause you to heavily perspire, make sure you immediately hit the showers post-workout. Be cautious about going overboard with the showers. A huge misconception is the belief that the more you scrub, the more you’re helping your skin. Excessive cleansing, using scalding hot water or over-exfoliating could actually make your body acne worse.

Visit a dermatologist.

Sometimes over-the-counter remedies just won’t give you the results that you need to get rid of body acne. Thus, a visit to a dermatologist is your best choice especially if you have severe body acne. There are several oral and topical medications that they can prescribe to combat your acne. There are also options to remove acne scars such as laser treatments, collagen injections or chemical peels that a doctor can walk you through.

Have you had body acne? How did you get rid of it?

-Margaret Francois

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