Most of the time when we talk about acne we are referring to the face, but acne can show up on other areas of the body as well. It often appears on the chest and on the back (often referred to as “bacne). What can you do to keep your body clear?
*Use an acne cleanser. You can use a body wash that targets acne, or you can use the same acne cleanser you use on your face on the affected areas on your body! NOTE: If your usual cleanser includes benzoyl peroxide, be aware that this ingredient is known to bleach towels and clothes which you may already know, but it often becomes more noticeable when used on the body (as facial skin has less contact with fabrics).
*Exfoliate. Exfoliation can help keep pores clear, therby reducing breakouts. The skin on the face is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of the body, so you may even be able to use a higher concentration of the active ingredients. We recommend using a product with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an oil-soluble option, making it the ingredient of choice for oily & acne-prone skin. You may also try a physical exfoliant, but these may also irritate & aggravate the acne making the skin inflamed.
*Wash your hair first. Especially if you have bacne, you may wish to wash your hair first so that any pore-clogging ingredients from your shampoo or conditioner get cleaned out of your pores before you moisturize & go on with your day. Acne along the hair line and the back is commonly a result of hair products running down these areas of skin.
*Make sure any loofas, sponges, etc. stay clean. Bacteria thrive in moist warm places, so try and leave your loofa somewhere that it can dry out completely to reduce the risk of spreading that bacteria back over any acne-prone skin.