Spring has sprung, it’s time to reveal more skin! But for some this might make them anxious if they suffer from back or chest acne. Did you know that 85% of all people have acne at some point in their lives, most often on the face, chest, and back? It affects men, teens and women.
Three simple hints to keep body acne under control!
1. No blocking. We have the most amount of sebaceous gland in the face, neck, shoulders, back and upper arms, so if these follicles are blocked due to oil, dead cells, waxy hair or occlusive body products, even SPF, breakouts sometimes will result.
Bye-bye acne tip: Screen shower and body products for ingredients that block pores like artificial fragrance, color, pure lanolins, and petroleum derivatives. Ditch the dewberry shower gel and use a soap-and fragrance-free anti-bacterial cleanser with ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree and Citrus extracts.
2. No stripping. Do not use mentholated and alcohol astringents, the cooling sensation on the skin does not mean the skin is clean. In most cases, these astringents have an SD Alcohol base that strips the skin of lipids and causes the skin to actually produce MORE oil to only worsen the condition.
Bye-bye acne tip: Use portable purifying skin wipes with ingredients like Balm Mint, Witch Hazel and Salicylic Acid.
3. Keep it clean. Think about what in your daily life could be contributing to breakouts such as washday frequency, detergent products and clothing. Sweat, dead cells and oil are all yummy bacteria food. Synthetic fibers will further trap sweat and dead cells.
Bye-bye acne tip: Change pillowcases at least every other day and sheets twice a week. Wear organic cotton clothing next to the skin and especially avoid moisture wicking gym gear. Ditch the fabric conditioners as these coat the fibers and this in turn coats the skin.
Book a back treatment, chest treatment, or facial and talk to your esthetician about how you can maintain acne free, healthy skin.