Skincare 101: Battling Body Acne
Don’t stop your anti-acne skincare routine at your face. Use these sweat and bacteria-booting tips to beat zits on your back, chest, arms and legs.
Spending tons of time in the gym can end up wreaking havoc on your skin. The key to giving body acne the boot—and keeping it gone—is staying super clean. Your number one target: sweat. It clogs your pores, trapping oil and dead skin cells inside, which leads to zits and painful cystic acne not only on your face, but also on your back, arms, and legs. But don't skip intense workouts in fear of embarrassing bacne. Instead, use these tips to keep your body breakout-free from face to feet.
Lather up every day—and always after a workout—using a body wash that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Try Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash ($7, neutrogena.com). If your skin is very prone to breakouts, pick an exfoliating wash, like Olay Total Effects 7 Exfoliate and Replenish Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash ($6, drugstore.com), which helps break apart dead skin cells and unclog pores. Use a new washcloth every time you shower since acne-causing bacteria can linger after each use. And be careful not to skip hard-to-reach places—a natural bristle brush will make it easier to reach your entire back.
Change Your Sheets
It’s tough to admit, but mom was right on this one. As you sleep, oil, dead skin cells, and sweat rub off your body and collect on your sheets so swapping them regularly (ideally twice a week if you can) helps keep skin acne-free. Gross, right? Well, the cleaner your bed linens are, the lower the chances that whatever accumulates on them will end up clogging pores and causing acne. You may also want to choose lightweight cotton, which traps less moisture compared to thicker materials.