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Chestne, buttne, bacne let's face it; we’ve all been there, but the great news is, we don’t have to stay there!
Body acne is a form of acne that's common to most people with existing facial acne(98% to be exact). The formulation of body acne is no different from facial acne however,it’s triggers can possibly derive from different sources. Even though body acne is a common issue that affects a lot of people, the mental effects of it can still be daunting.
Before combating acne of any form, it’s important to understand what factors may contribute to its formulation. So let’s get into these common causes:
Sweat- Sweating is not a direct cause of acne, however sweat does foster bacteria that can indirectly produce acne. It’s important to always shower after visiting the gym, and after a night of cold sweats to avoid bacteria from forming.
General Hygiene- One of the best ways to combat acne is by having a consistent routine! Acne is formed when the skin's pores become clogged with sebum, and dead skin. Make sure you’re consistently bathing to prevent dirt build up.
Shaving- Razor bumps are often mistaken for acne, however they are not the same thing. Razor bumps occur when inflammation, and bumps form as a result of shaving. Shaving can also cause ingrown hairs to form in those who have kinky,or coarse hair textures.
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Surfaces- Various surfaces have the potential to hold grime and dirt. Make sure you’re washing your bed sheets, and clothes frequently to prevent the formulation of acne.
Now that we’ve discussed a few causes of acne, we can begin introducing methods of treatment:
Products- When treating body acne, I recommend that you use your facial regime on the affected area. Facial cleansers are created to tend to the sensitive skin on our faces, making them safe for body usage.
Clothes- Tight clothes are a no, no! When combating body acne, it’s important to limit your usage of constricting clothing to allow your skin to breathe. Also be sure to trade in your synthetic fabrics for natural fabrics like cotton, and silk.
Diet- In general, diet plays a large role in the appearance of our skin. An anti-inflammatory diet is necessary when treating body acne. This diet consist of “fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins, and fish”, and has the ability to reduce inflammation of the skin. Try to avoid the temptation of processed foods when treating your acne from the inside.