Body acne is very similar to facial acne, in fact, it is caused by the same circumstances and materials. Oil (sebum), dead skin cells, bacteria, and other agents clog hair follicles which then swell and become inflamed; thus forming the ever-dreaded pimple. Acne can appear anywhere on the body that is covered in skin, except the soles of the feet and palms. These two spots are the only areas that do not have hair follicles.
Some individuals are prone to acne due to hereditary factors, hormones, and medications, while others may simply have the occasional breakout or pimple show up. Cases of acne that involve medical conditions and genetic factors are harder to treat, but not impossible to manage. There are certain measures everyone can take to help prevent and control body acne.
Treating and Preventing Body Acne at Home
Hygiene is a crucial factor when it comes to body acne. If you are prone to acne you should wash your body every day, especially after sweating a lot or working out. Body washes with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or natural ingredients like apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil are great for scrubbing. Exfoliating cleansers are also great as they shed dead skin and unclog pores. Be careful not to overwork your skin, though – this can irritate and dry out the epidermis which compensates by overproducing oil.
When it comes to linens, they are the accessory working with your skin to produce acne. Sheets, pillows, and other bed linens actually collect dead skin cells, oil, and dirt every time you get into bed. When your skin comes into contact with this accumulation of substances, acne making begins. Wash your bed linens frequently or replace them with a new set once a week. In the company of linens comes clothing. Tight clothing and synthetic materials often trap bacteria, perspiration, and other items against the body which clogs pores. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of natural fibers like cotton and change into a new outfit if you have been sweating. Wash all clothes that touch your skin in fragrance-free detergents and try to stick with products for sensitive skin.
While it may seem like a cliché, general wellbeing also plays a major part in the production of acne. Stress, and therefore hormones, should be kept to minimal levels. When you stress your body actually releases various types of hormones that can cause acne when in excess. Your diet should contain less refined sugars to keep insulin levels where they should be. Eat a diet full of grains, beans, vegetables, and antioxidant-rich items. Lastly, get the appropriate amount of sleep. Sleeping in a climate that is between 65 and 72 degrees, and completely dark will help people sleep through the night. Sleeping not only rejuvenates the body, but it also reduces stress levels.
Services for Body Acne at Barba Skin Clinic
Sometimes at-home methods don’t work for certain people or aren’t fast enough. Barba Skin Clinic specializes in a variety of procedures for treating body and facial acne.
Cortisone shots may seem like a magical treatment as they work fast and are extremely effective; however, they are actually a medical procedure that uses a corticosteroid injection. The procedure is very simple: a fine needle is used to inject cortisone into a pimple which then reduces inflammation and redness. These work best for the type of acne known as a “cyst” and do not have any pus inside of them. Usually, patients notice their deep acne cyst is gone within 24 hours.
Laser treatment for acne uses brief, powerful pulses of certain lights to destroy acne-causing bacteria. The bacteria cannot survive the focused heat of the lasers and the production of sebum is slowed when the light hits oil glands. Depending on the patient’s case, treatments may need to be repeated to see the best results. The procedure is painless and works great in combination with topical medications.
Peels are another option for people suffering from body acne. There are many varieties of peels offered from Barba Skin Clinic, they differ in ingredients to focus on problem areas and specific issues. After the skin is cleansed, a peel is applied in a layer to the area of concern. The ingredients in the peel target acne and cause the skin to shed dead cells and bacteria, later revealing fresh, unblemished skin. For acne on the back, our skincare practice suggests the Barba Back Peel. Treatment with peels usually require multiple sessions, but this varies by case.
Barba Skin Clinic is Miami’s leading skincare center. To learn more about how to treat body acne or schedule an appointment – contact our skincare experts today.
Visit our office or call: 305-851-3033.