Acne is undoubtedly the most common skin problem that we face especially in adults. It can be uncomfortable, Unbearable, Painful, irritating and hard to resist. It’s not just affects you physically but It can also affect someone’s self-esteem and self-confidence too. Body acne is also as disturbing and irritating as facial acne.
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Body acne can appear on back, arms, shoulders and Legs etc. The problem of body acne arose when the hair glands become blocked with a combination of extra oil concealed from the sebaceous glands, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria. It can also have other causes like not maintaining proper hygiene, use of low quality cosmetics and pollution etc. Back acne can be a little different from the facial acne. The acne on body is often caused by folliculitis that means the hair follicle is clogged with the dirt and pollution and caused acne. Sometimes it is also caused from due to rosacea that can be occur due to excessive use of coffee and dairy products.
Causes of body Acne
The causes of body acne are almost same as facial acne like excessive oil production, extra dead skin cells, and a propagation of bacteria that causes acne. Back acne is often called bacne.
When extra oil, pollution and dirt stuck into the pores then it can clog the pores. This blocked pore can turn into the blackhead and if the bacteria grow then it can eventually turn into the inflamed pimple.
There is a possibility that your clothing and some sports wears are creating your body acne. Rubbing you skin or any pressure on your skin can create inflammation and cause a special type of acne called Acne Mechanica.
Acne can be caused due to sweat while exercising or due to hot weather because hot weather can be mixes with the oil and toxics on the skin surface. It can clog the pores and can result into the acne breakout. That’s why it is always recommended to take a shower after exercising to remove all these toxics and sweat problems.
Some special clothes like tight fitting clothes, that don’t let your skin breath can irritate your skin and can result into acne too. Make sure to wash your body with a mild soap and dry it with a clean and fresh towel after the shower. Don’t try to rub or itch the skin because it will make the acne more irritating and worse.
Sheets interact with your frequently. Bacteria can propagate in sheets and your skin can also absorb oil from your sheets. So it’s very important to take care of proper hygiene and change your bed sheets and pillow cases on time. It’s better to change them every week.
Phone and gadgets:
Your mobile screen can also cause acne because it can possibly have germs on its surface. So it’s a good practice to avoid contact of your phone with your face and you should also wipe off your mobile phone screen at least once in a day.
Treatments and cures
There are so many cures and treatment available for the body acne ranges from the home remedies and DIY acne cures to the medications and different dermatologist treatments. There are different cures available for mild acne and for moderate to severe acne. Following are some details of the home remedies and dermatologist cures available for the acne treatment.
Body Acne is a common skin problem, so if you found that you should not be panicked rather you can do these things to cure and prevent it.
Home remedies for Body acne
There are some natural home remedies available to get rid of body acne and to prevent future breakouts too but it is important to stick to the regime to get benefit from it because treating acne is hard to eliminate.
Sandalwood Body Pack
Sandalwood powder can be used to cure your body acne by balancing the oil and sebum production and also it is helpful to fight against bacteria that cause acne. All you have to do is make a paste using sandalwood powder and rose water and apply it on affected area. Let it dry and then wash it with cool water. Repeat it before taking shower every day and it will also help you getting glowing skins.
Coconut Oil Scrub
Coconut oil is a very good moisturiser and it has antibacterial properties too to get rid of bacteria that can cause acne. To get rid of body acne and get glowing and fresh skin mix 3 tablespoon of coconut oil with 2 spoon of baking soda and massage it on the affected area. Wash it with the warm water after some time.
Detoxifying Neem Bath
Neem has very good anti-bacterial properties and healing properties. All you need to do is boil the leaves of neem in one cup of water. After straining this water you need to add this into your bathtub and should use it as your final body wash. It controls the extra oil that produces acne and helps you to get rid of body acne.
Tea Tree Oil Therapy
Tea tree oil is considered a great healer for spot treatment of acne. It is very easy and fast way to get rid of body acne. It is considered to have the very effective antibacterial properties to kill the acne prone bacteria. The procedure of using this home remedy is after taking a hot shower you have to apply two drops of tea tree by mixing it with your favourite lotion. Hot shower opens the pores of your body and helps to penetrate all the goodness of tea tree oil in your skin to fight acne.
Antibacterial Turmeric & Honey
Turmeric and honey combination can also be used to treat the body acne. All you need to do is mix one tablespoon of pure and organic turmeric with two spoon of organic honey. Apply on the affected area for 15 minutes and wash with cool water. It will not only kill the bacteria, it will also make your skin better and smooth.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is also very effective in treating the bod acne. Just mix one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 8 drops of vitamin E oil and massage on the affected areas with it. The procedure of using it is you have to apply it and leave it overnight and wash it off in morning .It will also help to lessen the scarring caused by acne.
Tulsi & Lemon Body Pack
Blended tulsi paste with lemon juice can also be applied to the affected area in order to get rid of acne. Apply it on the affected area and after some time wash it with cool water. Use it regularly and you will get very good results.
Dermatologic treatments for Body acne
Several dermatologic treatments also available to treat body acne like medications and laser treatments etc. There details are provided below.
You can consult a dermatologist to treat your body acne fast. Doctor can prescribe proper medication to treat your acne depending on the severity of your acne. Often doctor prescribe the antibiotics or vitamin A by-products that are also called retinoids that will help to treat the body acne. Retin-A is basically a gel that is applied on the acne. It treats the acne and help to restore the skin beneath.
If the acne is severe then doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics that will help fight against acne. Isotretinoin is very effective medicine that is often prescribed for the acne, it treat acne by reducing the size of oil glands that produce oil and eventually causes acne. But pregnant women should use them with caution.
Acne could occur due to different reason so you should consult your dermatologist to know what the reason of your acne breakouts is.
Professional Skin Care Treatments
If the acne is really severe then you should visit a cosmetic dermatologist. He can drain all the material that is responsible for the blackheads and whiteheads on the body that lies in the deep glands of your skin. But that’s a very serious procedure and only expert cosmetic dermatologist should perform, because if not performed by an experienced cosmetic dermatologist it can be dangerous and could be responsible for severe skin infections.
Intralesional corticosteroid therapy is used for the treatment of cystic acne. This treatment also help in relief the pain and inflammation caused by the cystic acne.
Laser skin rejuvenation
It is a new laser procedure and very helpful in getting rid of acne. Levulan® BLU-U® blue light acne treatment is used to treating the acne by controlling the oil production of oil glands those are beneath the skin. Laser treatment is effective for treating the acne and acne scars too.
Skin care routine to avoid acne
Rather than treating the acne it is always a good practice to take the precautions and try to prevent your body acne.
Follow these instructions when working out or getting sweaty
- Wear cloth that are not very tight and air can go into them. Prefer cotton cloth sweat-wicking stuff while working out
- Take care of proper hygiene and cleanliness of clothes
- Take shower immediately and change the clothes after work out So that bacteria can leads to body acne
- If you can't take the shower then at least change your sweaty clothes immediately
Cleanse your skin gently
Take proper care of cleansing your skin cleanse your skin on daily basis, don’t scrub so much because it can worsens the acne. Take proper care of hygiene of your towels and cloths.
Skin care products
Harsh and irritating skin product can affect your skin, and be very careful when choosing your skin products soaps, body wash etc. Choose the one that is very mild and gentle and suits to your skin type.
Oil-free skin care products
If you know that you have a acne prone skin then you should prefer using oil free cosmetic and skin products in order to avoid body acne. These products come with “Oil free” “on-comedogenic” or “this product will not clog the product” note written on them. So it’s better to choose this kind of product because they will not produce extra oil and won’t clog the pores.
Avoid using backpack etc. for a long time
Avoid wearing the things or cloth that rubs against your back. Because if you are having acne then your skin became more sensitive so it’s a better choice to avoid having so much contact of them with your back.
Never pick your acne
Control and avoid the urge to picks up your body acne because doing so will not only leave a scar but also make you acne worse.
Skin protection from sun
Make a habit to always apply sunblock on arms, legs or the body parts that are in contact of sun, whenever going out. Sunrays can worsen your body acne and make them lasts longer so you should take the precaution in the form of using a good sunblock with a suitable SPF level.
Stress and tension
We all suffer from stress time to time; you may have realized that in stress weeks you have more acne breakout. So it’s very important to control your stress and despite of taking stress of you Bacne you should stay calm and try to treat it and consult a good dermatologist. Take time to relax and be calm and try to stay stress free.
If your Acne is getting worse and not cured then you should consult a dermatologist to treat your body acne without any delay. If acne is not treated on time it can get worse and can leave scars and severe mental problems related to self-esteem and confidence. Doctor can prescribe you medication related to type of body acne you have or relevant procedure (if you need one) to get rid of your body acne.
There are many type of body acne that can appear on your body and they could have different reason so a dermatologist can prescribe you medication and precautions depending on your acne type and reason of acne.