6 ways to prevent body acne
Learn how to remove and prevent blackheads without damaging your skin.
Body acne can appear anywhere you have pores (e.g., on your face, neck, back, and lower body, but usually not on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet). Acne breakouts often occur in people who have genetically oily or acne-prone skin, but they can also be triggered by using comedogenic (pore-clogging) skin and hair care products. Here are 6 tips to control and prevent body acne:
Acne-prone skin tends to shed more skin cells, which can clog pores and cause acne if not removed.
1. wear natural fibres.
Avoid scratchy, itchy or tight fabrics and choose breathable fabrics like cotton. This helps keep the skin free of congestion caused by sweat, dead skin cells, excess oil and bacteria. Fabrics specifically designed to wick moisture away from the skin are also helpful, especially when exercising.
2. Shower after sweating.
Letting sweat stand will create an acne-friendly environment on your skin. If you can't shower right away, apply a product that contains salicylic acid to cleanse the skin and rid it of excess oil. Existing breakouts may also benefit from a salicylic acid spot treatment.
Acne-prone skin tends to secrete more skin cells, which can clog pores and cause acne if not removed. To prevent acne, you should use a gentle body scrub at least once or twice a week. Avoid scrubs with nuts, seeds or shells as these can cause tiny abrasions on the skin.
Skin moisturizes itself with sebum (oil), but when the body's moisture levels are out of balance, the skin can overproduce oil to compensate. Moisturize daily with a non-comedogenic moisturizer to prevent this.
Clean your cell phone daily.
Your cell phone harbors more bacteria than you know! Even if you don't hold it up to your face, you touch it with your hands, which then touch your face and spread bacteria that causes breakouts. Clean it daily with an antibacterial wipe.
Wash your pillowcase.Your pillowcase can collect oil, skin cells, bacteria, and pore-clogging residue from hair products - all things that contribute to acne. Wash it at least once or twice a week to avoid clogging. Also, avoid using fabric softeners or dryer sheets, which often contain emollients that can clog pores or irritate sensitive skin.
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