Summer in Cyprus is behind us but the hot days will reign for a few more months. Hot weather brings sweat, a lot of sweat; and sweat brings pimples and acne but not just on the face. Many people struggle with body acne throughout the year and it is something we would rather not talk about. In the hotter months sweat mixes with bacteria and oils on our skin, clogging pores and causing breakouts. Areas most affected are the chest, back, and bum but it can occur in any part of the body. If you have acne-prone skin there are some things you can do to prevent awful breakouts, minimize them, and treat them when they do happen.
Avoid tight clothing and stick to wearing loose clothing that allows your skin to breath. Which means Jeans are a no no! Wash your clothes regularly and only wear them once especially if you sweat during the day.
Change your bedding (sheets & pillowcases) regularly especially during the hotter months. Sweating and twisting & turning in our beds results in a build up of dead skin cells, oils, and sweat, a.k.a breeding ground for nasty, acne-causing bacteria. Yuck!
Shower immediately after workouts & change your shower routine. Avoid long hot showers and lower the temperature to warm or lukewarm water. Do not use a net to scrub the body but rather use a small towel. Net loofahs may feel good but they can be harsh on the skin especially if it is already inflamed with spots. Use body products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA). AHAs help remove dead skin cell build-up and BHAs go deeper to unclog pores and clear our sebum. The easiest way to incorporate these ingredients into your routine is using a serum or body spray post-shower. COSRX’s Clarifying Treatment Toner can also be used on the body. It contains both AHAs & BHAs and it helps remove dead skin cells and sebum from pores reducing inflammation and redness.
A milder alternative is Koelf Madecassoside Clarifying Body Spray which also helps reduce blemishes, regulate sebum production and minimize blackheads while soothing redness on the skin with the help of Willow Bark Extract, Madecassoside & Centella Asiatica Leaf Water.
It is also a good idea to use a body scrub 1-2 times per week. Avoid using harsh body scrubs with beads that can break the skin barrier and increase inflammation. Etude House’s Baking Powder Pore Scrub comes in individually-packaged sachets that help deeply cleanse pores from dirt, impurities & blackheads with over 40% baking powder. This scrub cools and soothes skin with a menthol derivative and does not contain harsh beads. It is multi-purpose as it can be used both on the face and body.
Choose a body moisturizer that is lightweight and non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog your pores. Kose’s Precious Garden Body Milk contains organic botanical oils to soothe the skin and salicylic acid (a BHA) for gentle exfoliation with a sweet fragrance of honey peach.
Treat Existing Pimples
When pimples have already formed just DO NOT pick or squeeze them! This will only lead to more and more spots forming in the area. Instead, use topical treatments to help reduce inflammation and eradicate them the proper way. Use COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patches. Just apply them on the spots overnight and they will help soothe the skin, reduce the pimple and prevent infection in the nearby area. Alternatively, use a spot treatment like NATURE REPUBLIC’s Bee Venom Spot Treatment which contains salicylic acid (BHA) to calm down existing spots.
Visit a Dermatologist
If you follow these tips and be consistent with your body care routine, you will notice a big difference within a few weeks. If, however, your body acne does not respond to these changes, it may be best to visit your dermatologist to determine your next steps.