SKIN CONDITION #2 - Body Acne This week we're exploring a skin condition that if you've ever had it, you will definitely understand how irritating it can be - body acne. This is quite a common condition that can occur for a range of reasons and, because of this, it is one of our most popular customer enquiry topics. But hey, all that customer assistance over the years has made us pretty savvy on the topic, so read on below to find out all you need to know about body acne and how to treat it. What is body acne? Body acne is acne that occurs on any area of the body including the chest, back, shoulders and buttocks. In fact, the only place that acne cannot occur on the body is on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, as these areas of skin do not have sebaceous follicles. What causes body acne? Despite no exact known cause of why body acne occurs, it is believed that genetics and hormones play a large part. Body acne is also more common in people who are already experiencing facial acne and due to thicker skin on the body and larger pores, the outbreaks are often more inflamed and noticeable. How do I prevent body acne? Unfortunately there is no way to prevent yourself from getting body acne, however there are a few lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the severity of the acne you experience:
- Wear breathable fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin & make sure to change clothing frequently if you are experiencing an increase in sweating
- Ensure to shower immediately after exercise or vigorous activity, taking special care to cleanse areas where sporting gear may have caused friction with the skin
- Take note of possible irritants and reduce usage as much as possible, this could include soaps/shampoos/conditioners or fabric detergents/softeners
How do I treat body acne? It is important to provide treatment to your body acne, to assist in reducing inflammation of existing lesions and to help prevent bacteria spreading and causing further breakouts. In saying this, it is important that you are gentle with your skin, and do not over-cleanse/scrub as this will cause further aggravation and possibly make matters worse. An ideal treatment option is a gentle, nourishing body scrub that will help un-clog pores without stripping away vital oils, just like Botáni's Spirulina Salt Scrub. Not only does the Spirulina Salt Scrub provide a gentle cleanse to help remove oils, it also enlists the assistance of key ingredients like Spirulina, Australian Lemon Myrtle and Sea Salt, all of which are known for their ability to help reduce the symptoms of acne. So there's no need to continue hiding your skin away, follow these simple treatment guidelines and you'll be digging out your singlets again in no time! Jenna @ Botáni x
Have you suffered from body acne? Or do you know someone who has? Want the chance to try Botáni's Spirulina Salt Scrub?
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