Adult Body Acne
by Max Bellamy
Unfortunately, acne is not restricted to facial skin only. If you develop acne on certain areas on your body more often than other parts, chances are that it is caused by an external irritant.
Backpacks and purse straps cause friction, which could result in acne. Very tight clothing also irritates the skin and can result in acne. It is impossible to keep the area of the back and body untouched; we must at some point sit down and carry things. For this reason, it is best to look for a good treatment rather than obsessing about what might be irritating your skin.
Because the skin of the back is thicker than other parts of the body, it is often able to withstand the effects of benzoyl peroxide well. This would be the only instance where benzoyl peroxide can be safely used without harming the surrounding areas.
The pores of the skin on the body are very different from the face; they are bigger and more active. The fact that most of the time they stay covered by clothes does not help. Sweat, oil, and synthetic fabrics irritate the pores and this can lead to infectious bacteria clogging the surface, causing acne to form. Many reasons, such as hormone imbalances or overactivity, also play a part in the outburst of acne. Fortunately, the simplest and best way to prevent acne from forming is by keeping the skin in a condition that does not allow for acne-forming bacteria to invade.
There are many things one can do, such as avoiding synthetic fabrics. Another is to always take a shower after strenuous physical activity, and exfoliate thoroughly after periods of heavy perspiration. Also try to avoid using body oils and comedogenic body lotions. If you get body acne after waxing, make sure to remove any remnants of wax by using rubbing alcohol.
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