Oh, Backne—the unwanted blemish (or blemishes) that pop up just in time to trample our open-back dreams. Though not as often discussed as facial blemishes, body acne is a common skin concern for many. Body blemishes aren’t confined to the back either—most of us experience these pesky pimples on our arms, chest and lower back, too.
So, what is there to do? The truth is, everything from hormones and diet—even tight-fitting clothes—can affect the clarity of your skin, so it is important to understand the cause and treatment for body blemishes. And, that’s why we’re here!
If you are on a mission to help improve the look of body blemishes, keep on scrolling to learn more:
What Is Body Acne?
Simply put, body acne is the result of congested pores that appear on… well, the body. These blemishes tend to play by the same rules as your face, meaning there are many different factors that can contribute to this type of acne (lucky us). Body acne also comes in many different forms (yes, some of us are already aware of that), with some people experiencing minor red blemishes, while others may avoid wearing a tank top at all costs. Areas like the back and chest are also personal favorites for these blemishes, thanks to the common friction and sweat that they undergo all in a day’s work.
Why Might the Pandemic Be Making It Worse?
There is a reason ‘Quaraskin’ has become an official coined term. Like we said, diet, stress and hormones all play into the clarity of the complexion—or lack of—and it’s no secret that we’re all experiencing unique ups and down in our day-to-day life. Personally, my bed has become my new best friend, and we already know that friction can boost blemishes. So basically, that extra time spent on the couch, as well as the change to our diet and workouts, can all be contributing factors to an increase in body acne.
How Can I Help Reduce Body Blemishes?
Cleanse Your Body AFTER Conditioner: Conditioner is great for hydrated locks, but not so much for your chest and back. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse the skin after rinsing out your conditioner to help remove dirt, oil and other pore-clogging impurities.
Exfoliate the Skin: Dry skin is a huge culprit when it comes to body blemishes. The good news is you can easily Polish away dull skin by adding a body exfoliator to your shower ritual. A Dual- Action Body Scrub with ingredients like Lactic Acid, Jojoba Beads and Pumice can help wash away sweat and impurities while leaving the skin velvety-smooth.
Cut the Stress: We know, easier said then done. But if you can take some time for you, do it! Anything as simple as a warm bubble bath and face mask can help you reset and relax. A little “me time” is always necessary.
Moisturize! Preferably with a Vitamin A Lotion: Whether you have oily skin or dry skin, you need to moisturize! Again, dryness can play a huge factor in clogging pores, and ensuring your skin is hydrated from head-to-toe is an easy way to help improve uneven texture. If you are on the market for a new body lotion or Overnight Body Treatment, try to snag one with Vitamin A. This multi-tasking ingredient not only exfoliates the skin, but also helps improve the appearance of skin clarity and fine lines (yes, you get those on your body, too). So, lather up and stay hydrated!